I installed VirtualBox on Fedora 25 via

dnf install VirtualBox-5.1

and I am running into a problem where my previously installed version of it (VirtualBox-5.1.8-2.fc25.x86_64) was pointing to a directory which no longer exists on my file system. I am presented with the error (after clicking 'New' and going through the config process):

Cannot create the machine folder win7 in the parent folder /run/media/esoup/1234567890/VirtualMachines/vdi. 
Please check that the parent really exists and that you have permissions to create the machine folder.

I tried :

vboxmanage setproperty machinefolder /path/to/newdirectorywhichexists/

To no avail. The worst part is, the toolbar in the main application window does not work, Clicking File, Machine, and Help does nothing! enter image description here

Thank you for any assistance


Following the guide here , I first used dnf remove VirtualBox-5.1 and then followed the guide, resulting in my VirtualBox to now allow me to click the toolbar and set my Machine Folder to a suitable location. There was something wrong with the previous dnf install in terms of how the VirtualBox kernel modules were loading.

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