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Windows 7: Vista guest in VirtualBox


28 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Vista guest in VirtualBox

Anyone running this? Got any tips for the initial setup settings to get it to run smoothly? Thanks.

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28 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Just went ahead and installed it. I see that by running with VBox guest additions, allows for seamless mode integration (not enabled in this screen capture).

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29 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Nothing really to say. Just make sure you set enough RAM for it (usually at least 1 GB) and that you install VBox Additions.
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30 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks it is running good, but I think I didn't shut the vm down properly yesterday, when I started it up today I got the error message about not shutting down properly... What is the right way to close / shut down a windows vm in Virtual Box?
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30 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just turn it off like a real machine and go to Start --> Turn off Computer. I think that error is a bug in VBox though.
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30 Jan 2011   #6

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

It's not a bug. If a vm in VirtualBox is closed from host i.e. user clicks the close button of vm's Explorer window, the default action is the last one used of three alternatives: Save the machine state, Send the shutdown signal and Power off the machine. If user has not changed this default closing action by selecting another action, the selection is Power off the machine, so when it is selected and user clicks OK, it's like pressing power button on a real PC when Windows is still running. That causes for instance Windows vm's to ask if they should boot to Safe Mode next time when the vm is launched.

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How to close a VirtualBox Windows vm:
  • Shut down normally: From guest, using guest's Start Menu > Shut down
  • Hibernate: From host, using Explorer window's close button, select Save the machine state. It's much faster than Windows guest's own hibernate function, doing basically the same thing. Extremely fast wake-up
  • Power off: From host, using Explorer window's close button, select Power off the machine. Use this when you need to do a hard reset for instance after guest turning unresponsive
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