I use VirtualBox 4.3.12 r93733.

  • Guest OS: Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate
  • Host OS: Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate

I installed the VirtualBox Guest Additions and rebooted the guest OS. The host -> guest clipboard is not working, is there any way to fix this issue? Host -> guest clipboard means that I copy something in their keyboard in the host OS and try to paste it in the guest OS.

The guest -> host clipboard works fine. I set the clipboard to be bidirectional:

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The VirtualBox Guest Additions are running fine on the guest OS:

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I restarted VBoxTray.exe but it didn't help. I also try giving administrative permission to this process.

Before upgrading VirtualBox (I believe I had 4.3.6) the bidirectional clipboard was working fine.

1 Answer 1


you need to do one step more, when you start your window 7, you will see menus at top.

click on Devices -> shared Clipboard -> Bidirectional

now you can copy and paste from host to guest or gues to host

  • Thanks, I think that's the same setting but I had also done it in case, see updated question. Nov 3, 2014 at 2:45
  • it should work then
    – Hackaholic
    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:48
  • Well, yeah I agree :( Nov 3, 2014 at 2:48
  • try to remove the os from virtualbox and load it again
    – Hackaholic
    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:49
  • Interesting, it does work after killing the VM and creating a new one... I don't understand why one needs to do so, but whatever :) Nov 3, 2014 at 2:53

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