Ubuntu – Virtualbox Windows 10 Guest installation is freezing up in 14.04


I've installed VirtualBox using the Software Centre and I'm running a system on Ubuntu 14.04 with 8gb RAM, 64-bit dual core processor.

I want to run Windows 10, I've tried both 64 and 32 bit versions, in virtualbox. However, every time I start up windows 10 it gets to the point where the dots go round in a circle, then it freezes up and crashes back to the virtualbox manager. The only information it gives me is that the virtual machine was aborted.

I've changed the settings around a lot and nothing is working.

Any help would be appreciated.

Oh, and I've run Windows 10 technical preview on this machine before, a while ago

Thanks for any help in advance.

Best Answer

  • Although this question is quite close to being off-topic here ...

    Install VirtualBox 5.0 which has improved Windows 10 support.

    Remove the old VirtualBox version :

    sudo apt-get purge "^virtualbox-.*"  

    Update the software repositories :

    sudo apt-get update

    Download and register the ORACLE public key:

    wget -q -O - https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc | sudo apt-key add -  

    Add the ORACLE VirtualBox repository :

    echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian trusty contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/oracle-vbox.list

    Update the software repositories again :

    sudo apt-get update

    Install ORACLE VirtualBox 5.0 :

    sudo apt-get install dkms virtualbox-5.0  

    Download the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack and install them by opening the Preferences.

    To avoid any problems - it is recommended to restart the Ubuntu system before using VirtualBox.

    Note for other users reading this answer, in case they use another Ubuntu edition as 14.04 :

    You have to replace trusty with the Ubuntu edition you are using when adding the repository !

    As of Ubuntu 16.04 the ORACLE public key to download and register has changed :

    oracle_vbox.asc has to be replaced with oracle_vbox_2016.asc !

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