VirtualBox issue with Windows XP and Windows 7 VMs

12th May 2013
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Hi, has anyone else had this issue? I’ve installed the following Windows Virtual Machines and none of them work (I get errors when trying to start all of these VM’s/op systems):

  • Windows 7 from an install disc
  • Windows XP from Microsoft’s free VM site
  • Windows XP from my own XP install disc

And I get these errors (screenshots) when trying to Start the above VM’s:

Microsoft VM error in Virtual Box

Microsoft VM error in Virtual Box

Microsoft VM error in Virtual Box

Any help appreciated. I did get a helpful tweet from Microsoft but we’re still working this out, so leave any helpful tips in the comments below. Cheers!


Nathaniel Flick

I'm a Front End Web Developer passionate about usability. My primary specialties are HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, LESS, and jQuery and I am very familiar with Foundation and Bootstrap frameworks. I've worked on top of and with WordPress, Shopify, Rails, Python, and frameworks.

10 thoughts on “VirtualBox issue with Windows XP and Windows 7 VMs”

  1. Okay, thanks to @AaronM_NZ for the tip. I just had to reset the permissions to Read Write in the VM’s directory. *shakes fist at yet another permissions issue*.

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