Modprobe vboxguest failed in Ubuntu

Are you trying to fix the error, Modprobe vboxguest failed in ubuntu?

This guide is for you.

Some of our customers came across the error, 'modprobe vboxguest failed' when they tried to install the virtual box in Ubuntu.

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to fix Ubuntu related errors.

In this context, we shall look into the causes and fixes of this error.

More about VirtualBox Guest?

VirtualBox Guest is also known as vboxguest. It helps to enhance the overall performance and usability of the guest system.

Installing the vboxguest in an operating system like Ubuntu provides an integration between the host and guest operating system.

How to fix Modprobe vboxguest failed?

Recently, while checking the Modprobe vboxguest failed error a customer got while installing the virtual box in Ubuntu, our Support Experts could solve it by installing the kernel headers.

In order to fix the error, follow the steps given below:

i. Initially, we install the kernel headers.

yum install dkms binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers 

ii. Then we install the kernel-devel package.

yum install kernel-devel

iii. Otherwise, we use the below command to install the kernel-devel package.

yum install kernel-PAE-devel

iv. After installing the package we run the vboxguest, which is the VirtualBox guest:


In most cases, reinstalling the DKMS module fixes the error. However, sometimes the Ubuntu update may not auto-delete old Linux images and results in the modprobe failure.

This result because Ubuntu did not delete the old kernel automatically. So we manually delete the kernel and redo DKMS reinstall.

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This article will guide you on the easiest way to fix #modprobe #vboxguest error. Basically, the modprobe vboxguest #error occurs when we are installing the virtual box in #Ubuntu.

The primary benefits of virtual memory include freeing #applications from having to manage a shared memory space, ability to share memory used by libraries between processes, increased security due to #memory isolation, and being able to conceptually use more memory than might be physically available.

To Install Guest Additions for #Windows:

1. Launch the guest OS in VirtualBox and click on Devices and Install #Guest Additions. 

2. The AutoPlay window opens on the guest #OS and click on the Run #VBox #Windows Additions executable. 

3. Click yes when the UAC screen comes up. 

4. Now simply follow through the #installation wizard.