Ticket #767 (new enhancement)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

[documentation] Explain to users how-to run VirtualBox on Windows in background/as a service on PC boot

Reported by: Technologov Owned by:
Priority: major Component: documentation
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


This is easy on Linux and a bit more difficult on Windows, but I wrote a (untested) way of how this is can be possible on Windows 2000/XP hosts.

Look at this thread with question:

And my answer:

The way I see VirtualBox auto-start on boot working:

  1. After you start Windows, your normal user starts...
  1. (XP host) Start->Accessories->System tools->Scheduled tasks
  1. You make a new user: "VBoxUser" with admin privileges.
  1. You write a script (*.bat) that starts VirtualBox and your VMs.
  1. "Scheduled tasks" should auto-start VBox with different user "VBoxUser", with

admin privileges.

--NOTE: This is possible, if you supply "VBoxUser"'s password to Scheduled Tasks.

I think we need to add that to VBox documentation (if it lacks)


Change History

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by Technologov

Another problem: I see no way to auto-shutdown VMs on host shutdown/restart. Perhaps it's too early to integrate this idea anywhere... Sorry.


comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by markba

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by Technologov

update: There seems to be potential solution at:


comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by frank

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