VirtualBox – Windows is shutting down…. forever!

I’ve run into a bug with VirtualBox and at least Windows XP where trying to reboot or shutdown the VM causes the shutdown process to hang at the screen displaying: Windows is shutting down. This problem has to do with mouse pointer integration.

To fix the problem:

  1. Start the VM
  2. Machine > Disable Mouse Integration
  3. Machine > Close > Save the machine state
  4. Start the VM

At this point shutting down or restarting the VM should not hang. Thanks to this post for pointing me in the right direction.

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