VirtualBox Guest Additions for Windows OSE
VirtualBox Guest Additions for Windows OSE is a recompiled version of the Guest Additions component of VirtualBox OSE that doesn’t require users to generate a new Windows virtual environment in order to successfully create a Guest Additions build.
VirtualBox is an industry-leading virtualization software designed for both home and enterprise use that makes it possible to run another OS within your current one, without tampering with the settings of the latter.
Moreover, by using the Guest Additions, you can create an interaction between the host and the guest virtual machine with benefits such as mouse pointer integration, shared folders and clipboard, enhanced video support, time sync and automated logons.
Typically, the Guest Additions can be installed from within a virtual machine using the ISO image that comes bundled with it. However, a simpler and more streamlined method is to use a repackaged version of these tools, such as VirtualBox Guest Additions for Windows OSE.
The product was designed for VirtualBox Open Source Edition, a special version of the package that contains source code on top of the standard build. With the help of this program, efforts are minimized a whole lot on the end-user part, since it all comes down to a few clicks.
During deployment, the software will install a couple of essential Guest Addition components such as drivers for graphics, mouse and OpenGL, as well as guest system drivers. The procedure requires a restart in order for the installation to be complete.
On the other hand, Oracle announced that starting the forth version of VirtualBox, they will no longer be releasing the Open Source Edition, which is bad news for this little program and the users that rely on it.