installation - How to solve the error "Code: 0x0000000A" while installing Windows 8 Developer Preview?

  • Alpine

    I am using VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows hosts

    Here is the configuration used for the virtual machine:
    VirtualBox configuration

    When I start the virtual machine some files are loaded and there is a progress-bar Loading Files... then after it is finished there is a black screen for some 30 or 35 seconds.

    Then comes the splash screen Windows Developer Preview which is displayed again for some 30 or 35 seconds.

    After that there is a blinking message which says

    Your computer needs restart
    Please hold the power button
    Code: 0x0000000A
    ...some values in Hexadecimal...

    It blinks for some time then comes to a halt.
    Here is a screenshot.

    blinking message

    How do I get it to work?
    Where is the problem?
    Is it some problem with the RAM alloted to Windows 8 Developer Preview?

    I am using this guide for reference.

    Edit: Another guide which can be used for reference.

  • Answers
  • William Briand

    Windows 8 needs hardware support for virtualization, and error 0x0000000A appears to be linked with the lack of the forementionned : althrough I see that your VT-x/AMD-V acceleration is enabled, I would recommend you to double check it (especially, verify that the feature is enabled in the BIOS setting menu).

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  • Nick Josevski

    From the VirtualBox wiki page

    Supported host operating systems include Linux, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Solaris, and OpenSolaris; there is also a port to FreeBSD (only OSE version).

    So virtual box should run, ymmv...

    Now you should follow guides such as this for configuring VirualBox for Windows 8 Developer Preview:

    Step by step guide here :

    Main configuration elements:

    • Select Windows 7 as option in VirtualBox
    • Enable VT-x and Nesting Paging
    • Enable PAE/NX
    • Enable IO APIC
    • Enable 3D Acceleration, you can enable 2D Acceleration also