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downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby hello is me » 13. Apr 2022, 18:19

so i was downloading guest additions in windows xp then when its executing driver install it just stops executing.


any fix?
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Re: downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby mpack » 13. Apr 2022, 18:38

Try disconnecting the virtual network cable in the Devices menu.
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Re: downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby hello is me » 17. Apr 2022, 19:04

mpack wrote:Try disconnecting the virtual network cable in the Devices menu.

nvm

thanks! :D
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Re: downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby scottgus1 » 18. Apr 2022, 20:37

Just to let you know, 'hello', the slow Guest Additions install in XP is a new thing, and disconnecting the VM's cable has ben discovered to restore fast install speeds. Why it's happening isn't known yet, but the workaround is easy. Just something to remember in the future.
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Re: downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby mpack » 19. Apr 2022, 09:24

scottgus1 wrote:Just to let you know, 'hello', the slow Guest Additions install in XP is a new thing

I'm not really convinced of that. Once the workaround was found it reminded me that, back when I was one of the last XP host holdouts, I used to suffer those same symptoms every time I updated VirtualBox on the host. Back then I had discovered that the solution was to temporarily disable my NIC in Device Manager, which of course is pretty much the same workaround as above. I'm guessing that XP was searching online for some kind of confirmation of the bona fides of this install, and doesn't make quick progress.

I would have encountered this last around 2014 - I remember Win10 had been announced but wasn't yet available, so in the meantime I upgraded to Win7: the install problems never happened again, and I forgot about it. So either it's XP looking for servers that no longer exist, or it's VirtualBox somehow prompting XP to look for servers that never existed.

A bit like Win7 now, XP was no longer a supported host at the time I had these problems, so I never regarded it as an issue for the devs.
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Re: downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby scottgus1 » 19. Apr 2022, 15:26

That's interesting, Mpack! So it's rather a long-term issue... It never hit me, but my XP sp3 doesn't ask for activation, so something unusual in it might have influenced the question more positively for me.
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Re: downloading guest additions in windows xp stops

Postby hello is me » 25. May 2022, 15:23

scottgus1 wrote:Just to let you know, 'hello', the slow Guest Additions install in XP is a new thing, and disconnecting the VM's cable has ben discovered to restore fast install speeds. Why it's happening isn't known yet, but the workaround is easy. Just something to remember in the future.


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