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    boot windows partition from vbox

    strange.. i tried to post this already but it didnt show up..whatever. ok so im trying to do exactly what the title says, boot into windows without rebooting but instead booting it using vbox. i tried and vbox so far just give me the error in the screenshot i attached. it would be sooooo cool if i could get it to work. Any ideas?

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    eerrrrrg nvm the screenshot. my connection is too slow so i copied the error:
    
    Failed to open a session for the virtual machine seven.
    
    VT-x features locked or unavailable in MSR. (VERR_VMX_MSR_LOCKED_OR_DISABLED).
    
    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: Console
    Interface: IConsole {1968b7d3-e3bf-4ceb-99e0-cb7c913317bb}
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    Angry Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    i was messing with vbox and found that i get that error whenever i try to boot any windows vm X_X but linux vms work -.- . Any ideas?
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    Do you have hardware virtualization enabled in the BIOS?
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    Are you trying to boot Windows via vbox from the same partition, that is booted directly via dual booting? Then I think that the copy protection of Windows will try to stop you, because the vbox is another machine (virtual, yes, but still another machine, and your license is for the real metal machine).

    Years ago a found some web pages describing a work-around for XP, but I don't know if it is still possible. Anyway I would not recommend such work-arounds, since your license might be cancelled.

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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    I thought about trying to use virtual box for my existing XP, never did. Then someone posted these which now are very old. Use at your own risk.

    Howto: Windows XP in both VM and native
    http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=9697
    Boot an existing XP (Physical HD) install with VirtualBox
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=769883
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...63&postcount=6
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    i followed the instructions here and got to the boot manager but i cant boot into windows. i think it's because I'm using a wubi install. I'll attach a screenshot.
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Do you have hardware virtualization enabled in the BIOS?
    I do now!
    it was disabled by default. are there any drawbacks of having it enabled?
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    What about the problem with repeated activations? See the attached picture.
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    i doubt it. if it were repeated activations it would probably boot then tell me. i think it's because im using a wubi installation. ATM im working on migrating it to a new partition the i'll see if i still get the same error
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    Re: boot windows partition from vbox

    Quote Originally Posted by z3nhakr View Post
    i doubt it. if it were repeated activations it would probably boot then tell me. i think it's because im using a wubi installation. ATM im working on migrating it to a new partition the i'll see if i still get the same error
    No, that is not the problem right now, that you cannot get it running. You will succeed

    But if you run the same instance of Windows directly, in vbox, directly, in vbox ..., you will need repeated activations (unless you find a way to by-pass that problem). And finally Microsoft might get tired of it and cancel your license.

    So if you are 'moving' your Windows installation to vbox, it needs only one activation, which is OK.

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