Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

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Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby nofish » 1. Oct 2012, 19:41

Any help what could be wrong ?
Thanks.

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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby mpack » 1. Oct 2012, 21:04

The only thing that springs to mind is that you must have admin rights to install VirtualBox (i.e. "Run as administrator" if your user account doesn't have admin rights anyway).
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby nofish » 1. Oct 2012, 22:20

Thanks for the reply, but I'm always logged in as admin anyway, so this can't be it.

Any other ideas ?
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby nofish » 3. Oct 2012, 14:58

bump

anyone ?

Really would like to use VirtualBox on my system.
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby mpack » 3. Oct 2012, 15:12

VirtualBox on a Windows host uses the hosts MSI installer function. You might want to Google for how to diagnose MSI installer problems, including how to get it to create a log file.
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby nofish » 3. Oct 2012, 19:16

Thanks for the info. I've created a bug ticket with the install log attached.
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby mpack » 4. Oct 2012, 11:41

Yes, I see it is bugtracker ticket 11020.

I'm curious. How do you come to have a "C:\Users" folder on an XP host? Also, what is drive E:\ and how is it involved in the installation?
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby nofish » 4. Oct 2012, 13:49

First, a small question about the terminology:

'Host' here means the operating system VirtualBox is run on, is this correct ?
I wasn't sure about this to be honest.

I'll try to answer...

mpack wrote:Y
I'm curious. How do you come to have a "C:\Users" folder on an XP host?


I thought that's very common for a Windows OS, isn't it ?
The Users folder contains folders/data for All users and the different user accounts.

Also, what is drive E:\ and how is it involved in the installation?


It's just another partition I have on my HD. I have saved the VirtualBox install file to the E:\ drive and tried to install from there due to low free space on my system partition (C:\)

If I misunderstood your questions, tell me, I'll try to do better than. :)
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby mpack » 4. Oct 2012, 14:27

nofish wrote:'Host' here means the operating system VirtualBox is run on, is this correct ?
Correct.

nofish wrote:
mpack wrote:I'm curious. How do you come to have a "C:\Users" folder on an XP host?

I thought that's very common for a Windows OS, isn't it ?
It's common on Vista and later. In XP the equivalent folder is called "Documents and Settings". The fact that a standard host folder has an unusual name should probably be no problem - in theory - but if I started having problems installing stuff then I would bear this unusual feature in mind.

nofish wrote:
mpack wrote:Also, what is drive E:\ and how is it involved in the installation?

It's just another partition I have on my HD.
Ah good, I wondered if perhaps you were trying to force VBox installation to an unusual target drive too (the install script does say that E:\ is the target, but the MSI service may have different meaning for "target" than I do.
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Re: Error installing VirtualBox on Windows XP

Postby nofish » 4. Oct 2012, 18:03

mpack wrote:Ah good, I wondered if perhaps you were trying to force VBox installation to an unusual target drive too (the install script does say that E:\ is the target, but the MSI service may have different meaning for "target" than I do.


Well, indeed I tried to install VBox on a non-system partition first because here C:\ is usually reserved for system/OS stuff, but as I know this can sometimes lead to problems I also tried installing to C:\ with the same error message.
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