Windows 8?

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Re: Windows 8?

Postby hawkeye62 » 7. Sep 2012, 22:27

Maybe everyone knows about this, but you can get a free evaluation download of Windows 8 RTM here.

http://www.eightforums.com/windows-8-ne ... nyone.html

The evaluation is good for 90 days, and can't be upgraded.

Good luck, Jim
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby tpskinner » 8. Sep 2012, 23:09

Urs wrote:Last year I have successfully installed and tried the Developer Preview in Virtualbox.

This week I wanted to install the RTM but all I’ve got is this message just after launching the machine for installation:
Your PC needs to restart.
Please hold down the power button.
Error Code: 0x0000005D
Parameters:
0x03060F0B
0x756E6547
0x49656E69
0x6C65746E

Cheers, Urs


I get this error as well. Using win 7/32 host. I also tried running setup from a win 7 guest OS. Installs fine until the reboot when the same error pops up. Just out of curiosity I downloaded and tried to boot the Release Preview bits and the same error appeared with this version as well.

I hope someone can figure what the problem is. VB is so awesome as a tool for developers who need to test with clean OS's periodically.

Thanks in advance to the team.

Tom
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby rkb » 11. Sep 2012, 15:01

I had Windows 8 installed and running just fine then I installed the "Guest additions" now it locks up just after the spinning circle of dots indicating the start of boot. Any ideas on how I can either remove the guest additions or go back to the "last known good state" (checkpoint)?

Thank you.
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby misha » 11. Sep 2012, 15:07

rkb wrote:I had Windows 8 installed and running just fine then I installed the "Guest additions" now it locks up just after the spinning circle of dots indicating the start of boot. Any ideas on how I can either remove the guest additions or go back to the "last known good state" (checkpoint)?

Try disabling the 3D acceleration in VM settings (on a "Display" page of VM settings GUI) - this should allow you to boot & login successfully.
What version of VBox + Guest Additions are you running? Win 8 support was significantly improved with VBox 4.2, try using the latest VBox 4.2 Release Candidate 4 with additions shipped with it, see https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic ... 15&t=51405 .
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby rkb » 11. Sep 2012, 17:33

misha wrote:
rkb wrote:I had Windows 8 installed and running just fine then I installed the "Guest additions" now it locks up just after the spinning circle of dots indicating the start of boot. Any ideas on how I can either remove the guest additions or go back to the "last known good state" (checkpoint)?

Try disabling the 3D acceleration in VM settings (on a "Display" page of VM settings GUI) - this should allow you to boot & login successfully.
What version of VBox + Guest Additions are you running? Win 8 support was significantly improved with VBox 4.2, try using the latest VBox 4.2 Release Candidate 4 with additions shipped with it, see https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic ... 15&t=51405 .


Thank you I did this. I am running 4.1.22 r80657 I am asumming that the guest additions are the same version since I clicked the menu option in the VM Manager. I am not aware of how to get 4.2,
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby misha » 11. Sep 2012, 18:17

rkb wrote:..I am running 4.1.22 r80657 I am asumming that the guest additions are the same version since I clicked the menu option in the VM Manager.

Like I said 4.2 should be much more stable wrt Win8 support, so you'd better use Win8 with the current VBox 4.2 RC4.

rkb wrote:..I am not aware of how to get 4.2,

The binaries are available here http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.2.0_RC4/
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby hawkeye62 » 12. Sep 2012, 18:38

A success story to share. I haven't had significant issues since build 4.1.51. I am now running VirtualBox and Guest Additions RC4. One issue is that Guest Addition installation is touchy. I can't get it to install from the menu. But everything goes well from the virtual CD.

My host is: Windows 7 pro 64-bit, i7 930 CPU 2.80 GHz, 6 GB ram, Radeon HD 5770 1 GB, 500 GB HD, Samsung SyncMaster 226 GW.

Guest is Windows 8 64-bit RTM, 2048 MB ram, PIIX3 chipset, 3 processors, 25 GB HD, 256 MB video memory, 3D and 2D acceleration enabled, network adapter Bridged.

As far as I can tell everything works as it should, including resolution adjustment and playing .swf games. No crashes, no boot issues, no freeze ups, etc. I am getting to like Windows 8 more and more. In fact, it works so well in VirtualBox, I may not install Windows 8 on my PC and just continue to use it as a virtual PC.

Thanks to misha and the developers of VirtualBox.

Good luck, Jim
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby rkb » 12. Sep 2012, 19:15

When I enable 3D acceleration it still hangs for me.
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby misha » 12. Sep 2012, 19:29

rkb wrote:When I enable 3D acceleration it still hangs for me.

Please attach a VM log for you VM session with 3D enabled.
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby rkb » 12. Sep 2012, 19:55

I have attached the log (I had to power off the machine to get control back).
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby misha » 12. Sep 2012, 20:07

rkb wrote:I have attached the log (I had to power off the machine to get control back).

According to the log:
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00:00:00.615894 OpenGL Info: Render SPU: GL_VENDOR:   Microsoft Corporation
00:00:00.615920 OpenGL Info: Render SPU: GL_RENDERER: GDI Generic
00:00:00.615928 OpenGL Info: Render SPU: GL_VERSION:  1.1.0
00:00:00.615935 OpenGL Info: Render SPU: GL_EXTENSIONS: GL_WIN_swap_hint GL_EXT_bgra GL_EXT_paletted_texture

you either don't have proper opengl drivers installed on your host, or you're connected to your host over RDP (i.e. NOT directly to your physical console), which prevents HW-based opengl from being used.
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby rkb » 12. Sep 2012, 20:18

So now what? I don't recall installing OpenGL drivers and I didn't set up an special connection mechanism. Just the defaults.
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby misha » 13. Sep 2012, 07:38

rkb wrote:So now what? I don't recall installing OpenGL drivers and I didn't set up an special connection mechanism. Just the defaults.

Try installing/updating driver software for you video card, opengl drivers should be part of a driver package.
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby JoeB77 » 13. Sep 2012, 21:19

Has anyone tried installing guest additions with the new 4.2 release? I had the same black screen issue discussed earlier in this thread when I tried to install guest additions in 4.1.22 (or 4.1.21, I forget). I'm somewhat new to virtualbox and I'm very afraid to try installing guest additions again because it made me have to totally wipe out and reinstall windows last time I tried.

Host: Mac OSX Snow Leopard
Guest: Windows 8 MSDN release from last week

Thank you experts,
Joe
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Re: Windows 8?

Postby misha » 14. Sep 2012, 10:11

JoeB77 wrote:Has anyone tried installing guest additions with the new 4.2 release? I had the same black screen issue discussed earlier in this thread when I tried to install guest additions in 4.1.22 (or 4.1.21, I forget). I'm somewhat new to virtualbox and I'm very afraid to try installing guest additions again because it made me have to totally wipe out and reinstall windows last time I tried.

Host: Mac OSX Snow Leopard
Guest: Windows 8 MSDN release from last week

Thank you experts,
Joe

4.2 has lots of improvements related to win8/3D, so your issue should be hopefully fixed.
In any way, the black screen issue should not appear if you instal Guest Additions in a VM with disabled 3D acceleration (uncheck the "3D" box on a "Display" page of VM settings GUI),
so I would first install Guest Additions with disabled 3D and then would try to run a VM with 3D enabled to see if it works with 3D, if you still have a problem with 3D enabled, you could power-off the VM and stay with disabled 3D.

..And please attach a VM log file for a VM 3D-enabled session if you still have issues with 3D.
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