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Is it possible to update VirtualBox offline, while preserving the already installed virtual machines and their settings?

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I'm not sure I understand - Virtualbox's updates have always been offline & always preserved the existing VMs & settings – Sathya Oct 10 '11 at 9:23
@Sathya, link there seems to be different opinions. I'm not sure about it. If I download and run the latest version from link would it simply replace my old version? – awaisj Oct 10 '11 at 10:24
I uninstalled a previous version today and then installed the latest version and it preserved all my installed VM's along with their settings. – awaisj Oct 10 '11 at 10:44
Awaisj, that linked forum post is rather old and dated. Even so, that post mentions that upgrade doesn't touch user files – Sathya Oct 10 '11 at 10:47
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Virtualbox's updates have always been offline & always preserved the existing VMs & settings. (Atleast, since the time I started using - ~v2.0 onward I believe).

If you're running an out-of-date-version, VirtualBox may prompt you to download an update - most probably from their download page. Running the upgrade will do an in-place upgrade. The user data - ie, VMs, settings, Virtual disks, images, snapshots will not be touched.

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