SOLVED – callee rc: co_e_server_exec_failure (0x80080005)

August 5, 2013


callee rc: co_e_server_exec_failure (0x80080005)

When starting Virtualbox 4.2.10 on Windows 7 I was encountering this error

Failed to create the VirtualBox COM object.
The application will now terminate.
Callee RC: CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE (0x80080005)


The problem is the %HOME%/.VirtualBox directory


To resolve the issue I followed these steps

  1. Killed any VirtualBox .exe files that were running
  2. Stopped any VMware services (this may not be needed)
  3. Removed %HOME/.VirtualBox
  4. Optionally try to run in windows xp compatibiity mode as administrator