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Fix for Launching Windows 8 Metro Apps in VirtualBox VM

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Earlier this week I built my first Windows 8 VM using VirtualBox.  Only problem was more than half the built-in Metro Apps wouldn’t load / launch on the VM.  Weather for example…  I can see it, I can click on it but no matter what I try, none of the Metro apps on my Virtual Machine will run.

Windows 8 Metro Apps Won't Load in VM

Fortunately after messing around for about 10 minutes I solved the problem. All I had to do is adjust the screen resolution.

To fix the problem, just bump up the Windows 8 Screen resolution and all your problems should be solved.

Windows 8 weather app

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2 Responses to Fix for Launching Windows 8 Metro Apps in VirtualBox VM

  1. Marvin September 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Yup that worked like a charm! even just going from 800×600 to 1024×768 did the trick.

  2. Nilesh September 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks for the tip. I had reisntalled the developer preview on VirtualBox thinking it was some problem with the installation. Changing the resolution worked 🙂

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