Successfully Install Windows XP on VirtualBox

A couple weeks ago I was complaining about how I got a Fatal error while starting VirtualBox in Ubuntu. About five days later I stumble upon claudio‘s page: VirtualBox: Install Windows XP using pbx boot. I followed his advice to install the binaries instead of the open source (OSE), which has failed me many times. Claudio has all the credits and without his tutorial, I will not be able to run Windows on my Ubuntu machine. Please, if you are reading this post, come by his page and give him some love…

Below is a tutorial based on Claudio’s tutorial, but I cut out the unnecessary stuff and add a section on how to assign user to group visually (for newbies and ultra-beginner like me).

Install VirtualBox in Ubuntu

  1. Download the .deb file here. Choose your appropriate OS and download. This is the binaries version and also a deb file so it would be very easy to install.
    Note: Do not use Synaptic to install OSE package. It did not work for me. The x86 version is for intel, and amd64 is for AMD chips.
  2. Double click on the .deb package to install. There will be several announcement makes during installation, but don’t worry, we will take care of it.
  3. We need to add users into vboxusers in order to use VirtualBox. Follow the instructions below. We can do it graphically.

Assigning Users to Group – Graphic

  1. System -> Administration -> Users and Groups
  2. Select Unlock.
  3. Enter your Password and click Authenticate.
  4. Select Manage Groups.
  5. Double click on vboxusers group or select it and click Properties to edit group.
  6. Check the members you would like to add to the group, make sure you are one of them.
  7. OK and close. You have added users into group.

You are now able to use VirtualBox. Below is a good youtube tutorial, check it out if you like.


5 Responses

  1. Come on dude, these facts* and proof* i mean who is posting* lol 😛

  2. what the fuck that video at the end does not help whatsoever. it does not show how to actually do anything, he skips so many steps, what the fuck that video is pointless and i needed to figure out how to REALLY install xp on virtualbox, so fuck you for posting a vid that is pointless.

    • hello, ausin. The video was not meant for installation instruction but more for setting up and get Virtual box running.

      The installation process only involve a .deb file downloaded from Sun website, then execute the file. The installation is automatic so i didn’t go into details. This post is very old, and I’m not sure if there are any changes to the file, but the link still works.

      Sorry I wasn’t clear about that. Also, i’m in the good mood right now, so I can tolerate this rude comment. Next time, there won’t be a response.

  3. Hi

    This page was really useful till adding me to the virtualbox users. It was also good for beginners to install a package.

    Its a great job.

    Now i got to figure out how to put xp in my virtual box.

    Thanks for the help.

  4. Thanks you, I’m looking for run XP in Windows 7,
    this tools can help us

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