Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have Windows 7 as host and I am running VirtualBox with Windows 7 as guest. I have created share folder on my host but I do not know how to access it from guest. Any ideas?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Read about shared folders in VirtualBox here.

Fortunately a bit of searching yielded this article, which describes the problem nicely. It turns out that there is a magic word you have to know, and that is the share name for the host OS:

share|improve this answer
Worked like a charm. I wish I had 15 rep so I can upvote your answer... – Darius Mar 17 '11 at 0:46
Glad it worked! – user3463 Mar 17 '11 at 1:05
@Darius: You have 15 rep now, go nuts! – squillman Mar 17 '11 at 2:39
@squilman - Thanks – Darius Mar 17 '11 at 2:56
Looks like I'm the winner in all this :-). – user3463 Mar 17 '11 at 5:25

(I ran into trouble too, the other answers did not help me, but I eventually found the solution which I am sharing with you)

In a nutshell it is:

  • On Host machine, share a folder under the name "share".
  • On guest machine, map it using "net use x:\vboxsrv\share"

More details on Shared Folders in VirtualBox

But, if it still fails, it is probably because Guest Additions are not installed.

On Guest machine, click in the menu: Devices > Install Guest Additions...

Navigate to the virtual CD-ROM just created, and install VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe

share|improve this answer
Thanks a bunch @Hugues, turned out indeed I hadn't set up the Guest Additions. After this it automatically set it up like Randolph mentioned – Ivo Flipse Jan 16 '12 at 14:17

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.