Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu and Windows 7


To uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu and similar operating systems, mount the virtual disk again that you used to install them - to do that, click on the Devices menu on the virtual machines top menu bar and select Install Guest Additions. If you get a pop-up about auto-start procedures just cancel it.

Now that the virtual disk is mounted, open a terminal and look for the contents of the disk in the /media folder.

ls /media

In my case, the disk is named VBOXADDITIONS_4.1.10_76795. This name may vary depending on the version of VirtualBox you have installed. Now uninstall the guest additions (don't forget to adjust the path):

sudo sh /media/VBOXADDITIONS_4.1.10_76795/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run uninstall


You can uninstall the guest additions just like any other program on a Windows machine: Click on Uninstall a program in the Control Panel and search for the version you installed. Select it and click on the Uninstall button above the program list.

7 thoughts on “Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu and Windows 7”

  1. installed the Virtualbox-guest-additions-iso (the current one), mounted the iso:

    sudo mount -o loop /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso /media/rookie701010

    after that, the uninstall:

    sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run uninstall

    reboot, and… it’s gone.


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