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Installing VirtualBox on Win8

  1. #1


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Installing VirtualBox on Win8


    If you have Win8 RP installed and you decide to use VirtualBox, there is a chance to experience some issues.

    - First of all during install: the installer seems to hang when it's almost completed. It can take up to 10 minutes to complete the install. (Win7 compatibility has no effect)

    - After the install is completed, VBox works but it seems to bring some side-effects to Task Manager and the networks.
    Task Manager has difficulty to refresh and display programs icons. Then it hangs when exiting.
    The networks load a bit slower since the VBox host networks loads also.

    If you decide to uninstall VBox, do a reboot afterwards and Task Manager should work normally again.

    There are no issues discovered with VirtualBox itself but the fact that Task Manager hangs is a reason to avoid VBox until extra support is included in future releases.

    I don't know if I'm the only one who has these issues but I was using VBox 4.1.18 on Win8 RP x64.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 152
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1


    It may sound stupid to you, but would you consider uninstalling win 8 RP 64-bit and reinstalling win 8 RP 32-bit ?

    I used VMware player instead, and I chose Win 8 RP 32-bit to install ( my host OS is Win 7 64-bit ). No problem installing at all.

    t-4-2
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  3. #3


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
    It may sound stupid to you, but would you consider uninstalling win 8 RP 64-bit and reinstalling win 8 RP 32-bit ?

    I used VMware player instead, and I chose Win 8 RP 32-bit to install ( my host OS is Win 7 64-bit ). No problem installing at all.

    t-4-2
    Thanks for the answer. I wrote the post to mention possible problems/bugs when using VBox on a win8 host.
    Why would I replace 64bit with 32bit? VMware works fine, it's VirtualBox i'm talking about.

    I think you misunderstood the post: Win8 is the host not Win7 (there all is ok). In this case you'll see that installation of VBox goes slow.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    It seems it's Fixed with VBox 4.2.

    It runs well on Win8 x64.
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