[SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

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[SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby birdie » 27. Jun 2013, 09:19

In order to install and use Windows 8.1 preview/Windows Server 2012 R2 preview in VirtualBox, you have to run this command:

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"c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" setextradata "VM Name" VBoxInternal/CPUM/CMPXCHG16B 1


You can see your VM names using this command:

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"c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe"  list vms


In Linux just type VBoxManage instead of "c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe".

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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby BillG » 27. Jun 2013, 10:08

Bingo! Thanks.
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby brabus84 » 27. Jun 2013, 12:50

It worked for me, thank you!!
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby mpack » 27. Jun 2013, 13:04

Thanks for passing this tip along. I've made this topic a "sticky" for the time being, to make it easier to find.
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby Martin » 27. Jun 2013, 13:16

You could also add "2012 R2" to the thread title?
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby mduft » 27. Jun 2013, 14:41

works great for both 8.1 and 2012R2, thanks a LOT :D
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby musashi77 » 27. Jun 2013, 14:52

Is the command suppose to give some kind of confirmation?
Im entering the following
"c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" setextradata "Server2012 R2 Preview" VBoxInternal/CPUM/CMPXCHG16B 1

Nothing happens on the next line.. and nothing changes when I start the VM. I using the VHD file from TechNet.
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby mpack » 27. Jun 2013, 14:58

Martin wrote:You could also add "2012 R2" to the thread title?

Unfortunately the title is already about as long as the site allows. I also don't want to make a substantial change to the title of someone else's post, but if the OP can find a way to reword so as to squeeze 2012R2 into the title then that would certainly be useful (e.g. discard "Installing", and say "Win8.1").
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby mpack » 27. Jun 2013, 15:00

musashi77 wrote:Is the command suppose to give some kind of confirmation?

You can examine the .vbox file with a text editor if you want to check that the command did something.
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby streetwolf » 27. Jun 2013, 15:10

Thanks, works like a charm with the ISO.
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby musashi77 » 27. Jun 2013, 15:14

mpack wrote:
musashi77 wrote:Is the command suppose to give some kind of confirmation?

You can examine the .vbox file with a text editor if you want to check that the command did something.


There is no .vbox file only the .vhd file.
Guessing I might have to use the ISO instead.
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby loukingjr » 27. Jun 2013, 19:26

I installed 8.1 from the .iso and that went okay. I installed the guest additions in compatibility mode and seem to have no aero or full acreen etc.

any thoughts?
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby doomy » 27. Jun 2013, 21:03

loukingjr wrote:I installed 8.1 from the .iso and that went okay. I installed the guest additions in compatibility mode and seem to have no aero or full acreen etc.

any thoughts?


The additions installed without error but I noticed problems with the screen also. I checked device manager and the "Virtualbox Device" has an error.

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Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)

{Unable to Load Device Driver}
%hs device driver could not be loaded.
Error Status was 0x%x
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby mr_vpw » 27. Jun 2013, 23:29

Thanks to those who worked out the issue - even if some (see other threads) don't appreciate it, I do!
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Re: [SOLVED] Installing Windows 8.1 64 preview in VirtualBox

Postby Lenh51 » 28. Jun 2013, 01:00

When I run the command suggested, I get this message:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
(c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\windows\system32>"c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" setextra
data Win 8.1 VBoxInternal/CPUM/CMPXCHG16B 1
VBoxManage.exe: error: Failed to create the VirtualBox object!
VBoxManage.exe: error: Code CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE (0x80080005) - Server execu
tion failed (extended info not available)
VBoxManage.exe: error: Most likely, the VirtualBox COM server is not running or
failed to start.

C:\windows\system32>
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