If you are constantly using operating systems like macOS, Linux, and some other operating systems then you must download and install an extension pack for VirtualBox virtual machine. In this guide, you will learn how to manually install the VirtualBox extension pack in Windows 10. Meanwhile, you will be able to add new functionality to virtual machines by downloading the VirtualBox extension, such as using USB 3.0, using the host Web camera, and so on.
Oracle VM VirtualBox has been developed by Oracle Corporation as a free and open-source virtualization framework. Using Windows, macOS and Linux, Solaris, as well as OpenSolaris you can mount the VirtualBox. This allows users to build virtual machines to run other operating systems. “It supports guest development and management of Windows and Linux running virtual machines and restricted virtualization on Apple hardware of macOS guests.”
A virtual machine is a virtual system or program that offers the same features as physical machines (eg, a computer system with its own CPU, memory, network interfaces, and storage capacity). A virtual machine like a real device is used to run applications or OS.
VirtualBox Extension Pack
The VirtualBox Extension Kit is a binary package that is intended to expand the VirtualBox features. The Extension pack adds the following features:
- Support for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices: You can connect USB devices such as network adapters, flash drives, hard drives, webcams, etc. that are plugged into a host machine’s physical USB ports to a virtual machine running on the VirtualBox. As a result, a guest operating system will use a physical USB device (OS).
- Host webcam pass-through: You can connect your host webcam to a guest machine with this feature. The benefit is that you can use a webcam not supported by your VM’s Guest OS. Only imagine using a webcam on a host-dependent on Windows (you have all official Windows drivers for the webcam). Using the pass-through features of the Host Webcam you can use this webcam with a MacOS-based VM (although this Webcam is not supported with macOS and there are no macOS drivers for this Webcam).
- VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol: This function enables you to remotely control virtual machines through the VirtualBox interface, even if you are unable to directly connect to a VM (for example, if the virtual network of a VM is not configured properly or disabled). You need to connect to a host machine to use this feature.
- Intel PXE boot ROM: PXE is a pre-boot run environment that is used for network booting. In order to install an operating system, a VM will boot using an emulated PXE boot ROM (Read-Only Memory). Before using this feature, you have to prepare PXE boot configuration files in the /VirtualBox/TFTP folder.
- Disk image encryption with AES algorithm: Data stored on virtual disk images can be encrypted transparently for a guest OS. As a result, your VM data is encrypted even if the VM is copied from your protected storage to another location. The XTS encryption mode is used with 128-bit or 256-bit data encryption keys.
Download & Install VirtualBox Extension Pack
So, without ado, here’s how to download and install an extension pack for VirtualBox virtual machine in Windows 10:
Step 1. Go to the download page of the official VirtualBox site and click All supported platforms under VirtualBox 6.1.18 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack. The VirtualBox extension pack file will start downloading.
Step 2. When downloaded, open the VirtualBox virtual machine and click the File tab, select Preferences.
Step 3. Now, select Extensions and click the green + icon.
Step 4. Locate the VirtualBox extension pack and click Open.
Step 5. Simply, click Install.
Step 6. Click I Agree and if you are prompted click Yes.
Step 7. Finally, the VirtualBox extension pack is successfully installed. Click OK twice to close the window.
This post was all about how to manually install the VirtualBox extension pack in Windows 10. The VirtualBox Extension Pack releases several wonderful features that you are strongly encouraged to add.