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Old 11-02-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Can't install any apps in WinXP inside VirtualBox

I've installed VirtualBox on Ubuntu 8.04 and then installed WinXP inside VirtualBox - but I can't get apps to install on the virtualised WinXP apart from my first attempt with Roboform, which worked fine.

For example, I attempted to install TomTom software but when I double-clicked on the exe file nothing happened. I've checked my WinXP user profile and it's shown as an administrator. Am I missing something - file permissions or something similar, perhaps?

All suggestions gratefully received!
Old 11-03-2009, 08:54 AM   #2
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Just a thought: where was the software (eg Tom-tom) located? It has to be on some media that is recognized by WinXP. For example, if you are inside your WinXP session in VirtualBox and logged in as an administrator, and you setup VirtualBox to have access to the real cdrom drive, then putting a software disk in the cdrom drive should allow you access to the drive contents and clicking on the setup.exe should install the software. Or give an error message, just like in Windows on a physical machine.

Some software might not work in a VM (i.e VirtualPC), and it is possible that some installs might fail silently. Make sure it isn't one of those by installing something you know should work, like firefox, for example...


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