I have installed virtualbox 5.2.6 on a Linux Mint 18.3 host. As a guest I have installed Windows 10 v1709. I have trouble to add the guest additions. I installed version 5.2.6 manually because the version provided with the package manager does not run the Windows 10 installer. This version does. However, I cannot install the guestadditions.iso.

When I boot then one of the boot messages is:

Failed to start: vboxadd.service

This article described how I could test for the presence of the guestadditions. I did the following:

$ lsmod | grep vboxguest
(ml-gpu) arnold@orlandus ~
$ sudo modprobe vboxadd
modprobe: FATAL: Module vboxadd not found in directory /lib/modules/4.10.0-42-generic
(ml-gpu) arnold@orlandus ~
$ sudo modprobe vboxvfs
modprobe: FATAL: Module vboxvfs not found in directory /lib/modules/4.10.0-42-generic

I gathered that this output meant there are no guestadditions present. Next I tried to install the guest additions into the virtual machine. I started my windows 10 guest and went to devices | optical disk | choose disk image where I added VBoxGuestAdditions_5.2.6.iso. Next I went to devices | Insert guest addtions CD image and nothing happens. I removed the CD and tried again: same result.

Anybody any idea how can I add guest addtions?

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    If you browse to the cd and execute the exe or msi manually? That should at least work. – LPChip Jan 31 '18 at 15:50
  • It was as simple as that. Thanks very much for the suggestion! – Arnold Jan 31 '18 at 19:39
  • Great. :) I've posted you an answer, so you can mark this question as Solved. This will help others know that you no longer need help. – LPChip Jan 31 '18 at 19:41
  • Same answer as LPChip. See detailed solution in: superuser.com/questions/1145603/… – Sami Saarinen Mar 11 '19 at 21:03

I can't tell you why autorun didn't work, but you should at least be able to simply browse to the virtual drive in the explorer and start the installer/setup by double clicking it.

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