Vagrant + Windows 10 Fix

Have you run into something like this and are tearing out your hair trying to get past it?

After more time than I would like to admin, I found the fix. The first step is to download the file found here, created by Jiri Hruska (known to the Internet as Yirkha).

You have to run it as an Administrator, and it will pop up this box:

virtual-box-win10-fix

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then you need to find VirtualBox in Windows Explorer and set VBoxManage.exe  and VBoxHeadless.exe to run in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode. To do this, you right click on the file, go to Properties, then Compatibility, and use the box for setting it.

On my system, those files are located in C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox

Now when you run vagrant up, it should get past the network adapter error because that little tool increases the timeout values for you.

If you want to see the full context of how this fix came to be and read more, take a look at VirtualBox Ticket #14040.

Install Windows XP using VirtualBox in Ubuntu 12.04

I recently had a need to install a copy of Windows XP inside of a virtual machine. I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 so, naturally, I got a copy of VirtualBox for the install. Got everything set up, placed the Windows XP CD-ROM in the drive, and tried to start the VM for install. All I got was a black screen with a single cursor in the corner, it wouldn’t do anything! This was seriously frustrating and I couldn’t figure out why.

To make a long story short, and if you are having the same problem. Do the following:

1) Open a terminal: CTRL+ALT+T

2) Type: cd /media

3) Type: ls

4) Any CD drives you have in their, unmount them (replace mydrive0 with your drive name): sudo umount /media/mydrive0

5) Attempt the install again. Worked for me!