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Windows 7: VirtualBox E_FAIL Error

18 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
VirtualBox E_FAIL Error

Hi guys,
I recently installed VirtualBox on my new laptop, only to find that when I launch a VM I see two error messages (in attachments), one after the other.

Here is what VirtualBox provided for the clipboard:

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Windows XP.

The virtual machine 'Windows XP' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1.

Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005)
Component: Machine
Interface: IMachine {480cf695-2d8d-4256-9c7c-cce4184fa048}

I've uninstalled, reinstalled, changed settings in VirtualBox, turned off VT-x in the BIOS and back on again, and tried multiple older versions of VirtualBox. Nothing worked. Please help!

If you need them, here are the laptop's specs:
Manufacturer: HP
Model: Pavilion 15-N214TX
CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i7 4500u @ 1.8GHz - 3.0GHz
GPU: Intel HD Grahpics 4400 (integrated), nVIDIA GeForce GT 740M with 2GB GDDR3 memory (separate)
OS: Windows 8.1 Update 1


Attached Images
VirtualBox E_FAIL Error-err1.png VirtualBox E_FAIL Error-err2.png 
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23 Aug 2014   #2

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

There appears to be a lot of problems with VirtualBox
35 pages of posts still unresolved even today 23-August-2014

There might be a solution in one of the posts.
I was seriously considering VirtualBox today until I found this VirtualBox:- 4.3.14 conflicts with anti-virus packages. thread.

Have you resolved your problem ?
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24 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro

Vmware player is much more stable and secure. I always had issues a long time ago with virtual box so I dumped it. Have not looked back since. Also considering it is made by the same people who made java, I have security issues with it as well.
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24 Aug 2014   #4

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

andrew129260 +1

Thank you for your comments about VirtualBox.
- I have vacillated for weeks between VirtualBox and VMware Player.
- a lot of very experienced contributors to this forum are very inclined to VMware
- the current avalanche of VirtualBox problems (on other forums, since July) has made me nervous
- your experience has swung me back to VMware.
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