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How do I fix the VirtualBox Clipboard

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We have several virtual systems hosted in Oracle VirtualBox 4.1.0 r73009.  Users using these virtual systems are reporting multiple glitches with the Windows clipboard when the Virtual Clipboard is enabled via Guest Additions, even when the clipboard operations are taking place outside of the Virtual system.

The most common reported issue is that when multiple users are working with different virtual systems hosted by the same VirtualBox Manager, they have access to each other's clipboards.  When a user signed in to a VirtualBox system through Remote Desktop uses the paste command, they get the last item copied to the clipboard by any other VirtualBox user, even if both the cut/copy and paste operations are outside of VirtualBox.

Anyone know of a way to fix this?
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I have gotten the clipboard problem unidirectional and bidirectional in all of them for different versions of VirtualBox.

I can confirm that this problem happens when memory resources get scarce in the host and from the moment it happens only a reboot of guest solves the problem.

I am unsure if that is enough information but one way to possibly recreate this problem would be to open enough apps on the host to push it to its limit of physical memory.

A solution for your problem is sharing a folder between host and client.
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We were able to get this working by disabling the VirtualBox clipboard and only using the Remote Desktop clipboard.
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Functional workaround.
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