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Install Windows 7 on VirtualBox – Status: error 0xc0000225

When I try to install Windows 7 on Virtual Box 4.1, I get this error:


Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix this problem:

[...]

Status: 0xc0000225

Info: An unexpected error ahs occurred.

VirtualBox - Windows 7 error

Status: 0x0000225

To fix it, stop the virtual machine, go to Settings -> System and check “Enable IO APIC”

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  1. Manuel Grill
    September 24, 2014 at 13:58

    and which way is it at the software vm-ware
    sorry my english isn´t so good

    • September 24, 2014 at 19:07

      Manuel, I can’t help you as I’m not vm-ware user

  2. May 27, 2014 at 2:04

    Thanks, you save me.

  3. April 21, 2014 at 17:12

    Reblogged this on Ibrahim El Merehbi.

  4. April 17, 2014 at 10:41

    Thanks bro everything worked! You are awesome

  5. Og Salleh
    April 14, 2014 at 3:35

    thanks for sharing!! :)

  6. from bacolod
    February 25, 2014 at 1:51

    It work for me enable APIC in the bios…hope this help. I have EVGA mobo

  7. January 31, 2014 at 14:41

    Great article! We are liunking to ths great content on our
    website. Keep up the good writing.

  8. December 26, 2013 at 13:57

    Well in the new VBox there is an option to install Win 7 64Bit

    • December 27, 2013 at 18:27

      Thanks Sankee. That’s good news!

  9. October 31, 2013 at 17:24

    Thanks Venz. It was pretty useful.

  10. John
    October 13, 2013 at 7:10

    Lokking exactly for this, i almost gave up and was about to install parallels.

  11. horst
    October 6, 2013 at 15:33

    I had the same problems. After googling and finding your post here, the helped worked in my case! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  12. August 25, 2013 at 13:27

    khan :

    where I can find IO APIC in windows 7?

    It’s not a Windows 7 option. You must stop the virtual machine (stop windows 7) and go to Virtual Box -> Settings -> System. You have the option there, as I posted in the precedding comment.

    • from bacolod
      February 25, 2014 at 1:52

      It is in the bios. You can find the IO APIC in the bios.

  13. ashish
    August 5, 2013 at 20:55

    Thanks Bro…

  14. August 5, 2013 at 2:47

    Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what a information! existing here at this website, thanks admin of this web page.

  15. August 1, 2013 at 13:32

    plz God will open ur brains more than this ok Thank u very much

  16. Gabriel
    July 29, 2013 at 3:20

    Gracias!!!

  17. Roy
    July 10, 2013 at 0:57

    Nice.. Thanks!!

  18. sharebuilder
    July 6, 2013 at 9:23

    many thanks. got stuck

  19. m
    June 23, 2013 at 5:52

    Many THANKS

  20. June 21, 2013 at 15:03

    Good article. I absolutely appreciate this website. Thanks!

  21. ioh
    June 7, 2013 at 19:00

    many thanks this has solved my problem

  22. Bazdaa
    May 18, 2013 at 19:47

    Excellent, had me stopped for 2 hours as could not install from DVD or ISO image. Sorted in 2 minutes.
    May the sun shine on your front and wind blow on your back…

  23. Ryan
    May 15, 2013 at 14:59

    Thanks, mate :) This is why I love the Internet!

  24. May 9, 2013 at 16:14

    thanks bro.
    it solved my problem.

  25. Varun
    May 6, 2013 at 15:26

    Thanks a Lot Buddy :)

  26. pawtas
    April 26, 2013 at 13:18

    Thank you

  27. Shivam
    March 31, 2013 at 23:49

    thank sir for solving this problem for VB 4.
    but plz tell me how to solve this problem when you install the window 7 or 8 in real,,,,,

    • April 1, 2013 at 10:20

      Hi Shivam. Maybe you’ll have to enable the IO APIC mode in the BIOS.

  28. Fatih
    March 15, 2013 at 10:14

    thanks a lot

  29. February 17, 2013 at 12:59

    Fixed! Thanks!

  30. nate
    January 28, 2013 at 9:35

    Thank You

  31. January 25, 2013 at 1:22

    Thank you verrryyyyy muuuuch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really appreciate it!!!!! :D :D :D A lot of thanks from Indonesia. :D

    • January 25, 2013 at 9:05

      You’re welcome, Muhammad

  32. cx
    January 6, 2013 at 23:31

    thanks so much!

  33. bearbear
    December 28, 2012 at 15:06

    fix, thak you very much, save a lot of time!

  34. Slugbreath
    December 20, 2012 at 13:58

    This solved my problem. Thank you!

  35. Praveen Nori
    December 19, 2012 at 23:40

    Thanks Buddy..

  36. nick
    December 5, 2012 at 20:58

    Thanks for the pointer

  37. omb
    November 4, 2012 at 11:42

    many thanks for sharing your knowledge

  38. konzo
    November 2, 2012 at 13:41

    Gracias muy util la informacion
    Can you tell me why i need to enable that opcion to run win 7?

    • November 5, 2012 at 12:13

      Hola konzo, as stated in the Virtual box documentation (http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html):
      Note
      Enabling the I/O APIC is required for 64-bit guest operating systems, especially Windows Vista; it is also required if you want to use more than one virtual CPU in a virtual machine.
      You can disable after install, but this has no effect. But there are workarounds if you google for it to disable APIC, as keeping this setting enabled may affect performance.

  39. October 16, 2012 at 19:47

    perfect! thanks for the solution

  40. October 14, 2012 at 21:50

    Thanks! It is so nice to have people that spend their time helping others!
    Cheers

    • October 15, 2012 at 10:11

      Thanks Nicholas!
      That’s the reason why I began to write this blog.

  41. B
    October 4, 2012 at 0:24

    Thanks

  42. Evaristo
    September 7, 2012 at 23:22

    Gracias, me sirvió

  43. Gav
    August 15, 2012 at 13:48

    Excellent help, thanks!!!

  44. Naphtali
    August 14, 2012 at 18:02

    Solved my problem also , thank you!

  45. August 11, 2012 at 22:58

    i can’t find setting> system>enable io apic
    please help

    • August 13, 2012 at 7:28

      Hello Thu. You have to stop the virtual machine, and then you can go to Settings (menu Machine -> Settings) and then click on System and on the right pane, on Extended features, check “Enable IO APIC”

      • khan
        August 24, 2013 at 0:53

        where I can find IO APIC in windows 7?

  46. Voom
    August 2, 2012 at 10:44

    Thanks!

  47. Tim Newton
    July 29, 2012 at 15:04

    Thanks man! I appreciate it, it works!

  48. John
    July 29, 2012 at 14:06

    Thank you very much, it works.

  49. July 27, 2012 at 12:10

    Thanks! It worked!!!!!!

  50. Mike
    July 23, 2012 at 23:20

    Excellent! Solved my problem.

  51. aalasen
    July 23, 2012 at 21:21

    Thanks..it works for me.

  52. nik
    June 18, 2012 at 23:10

    Thanks for sharing. This helped me out a lot.

  53. J
    June 10, 2012 at 16:57

    brilliant! i spent hours looking for a solution and finally, i found this and took me just a click! thanks so much!

  54. June 5, 2012 at 11:31

    please help me

    • June 5, 2012 at 12:26

      Hello @yessudhans. This only works for this status error: 0×0000225. What message are you getting?

  55. June 5, 2012 at 11:31

    i got a diff screen with launch start up repair and start windows normally options
    but nothing working
    any help….
    even if i have added my other Vbox that also came to this coma condition :(

  56. Linuxdroid
    May 31, 2012 at 17:47

    awesome, this worked for me on VirtualBox! thanks for sharing… :-)

  57. Sam
    May 29, 2012 at 14:31

    Its works

  58. donovan
    May 26, 2012 at 10:05

    Thanks! I was worried my Win7 disc was somehow hardware-locked to only the physical host machine.

  59. Alan Feliciano
    May 5, 2012 at 1:53

    Obrigado!! era isso mesmo.

  60. Varun
    May 4, 2012 at 4:53

    Thanks so much, passed thro’ the creepy screen… :)

    • May 4, 2012 at 13:33

      At least I’m not the only one who has this problem!

      thanks all

  61. KM
    April 25, 2012 at 7:37

    This fixed my problem when I tried to install Windows 7 on a Macbook Air (Lion) using Virtualbox. Thanks!

  62. April 20, 2012 at 22:27

    worked perfect, thanks

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:38

      You’re welcome!

  63. Venz
    March 27, 2012 at 3:06

    thanks. it works! it solved my problem in the past!
    Keep doing great buddy!

    • March 27, 2012 at 7:20

      Thanks Venz, I’m glad about it

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