I am predominantly a Linux and MacOS in my home office and usually make use of Windows Virtual Machines for my Windows based development. I have always made use of Oracle VM VirtualBox over the years.
I recently ran into an issue whereby Windows 10 VMS just wouldn’t update. They would download the update which would require a restart and then the VM’s would just hang. I tried this several times and it always end with the same result.
After a little research it appears that there seemed to be some kind of issue with Windows 10 and the Virtual Box 5.1. It seemed I needed to upgrade VirtualBox 5.2.
I decided to upgrade but the process didn’t go as smooth as it should, so I thought I would make a note in an effort to help anyone facing a similar problem.
How to install VirtualBox 5.2 on Ubuntu
Open your Terminal Window (Ctrl + Alt + t) and remove Virtual box 5.1.
sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.1
Add a new repository
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
Set Up the Keyring to enable a trust relationship with the new repository
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
We can now update the repository listings and install virtualbox 5.2
sudo apt update
sudo apt install virtualbox-5.2
At this point you may be able to open the new VirtualBox UI but in my case I was not able to start any of my Old VM’s. After struggling and panicing for 10 minutes I found that I needed to run the below command twice then everything just started working
VirtualBox 5.2 is a major upgrade and the UI takes on a more polished and modern feel. There are a few additional features available;
- New ability to enable export VM to Oracle Cloud
- Unattended guest installation
- Virtual Media Manager and Snapshot Pane re-work
So far I have been playing around with it and not as yet found any issues.
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