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If you cannot start your VirtualBox Machine because of error “RTPathQueryInfo failed on shared folder…”, then follow the instructions below to fix the problem. The mentioned error in VirtualBox appears when you’re running Windows 10 and you mount a network shared folder on a VM machine that runs Windows XP as Guest OS.
Problem in Details: On Windows 10/11, VirtualBox VM Machine fails to start with error:
Failed to save the settings of the virtual machine WindowsXP to C:\Users\user\VirtualBox VMs\WindowsXP\WindowsXP.vbox.
RTPathQueryInfo failed on shared folder path ‘G:\’: VERR_PATH_NOT_FOUND.
Result Code: E_INVALIDARG (0x80070057)
Interface: ISharedFolder 9622225a-5409-414b-bd16-77df7ba3451e
Callee: IMachine 85632c68-b5bb-4316-a900-5eb28d3413df
How to FIX: Failed to save the settings of the virtual machine – RTPathQueryInfo failed on shared folder in VirtualBox and Windows 10.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the error occurs on a Windows XP VirtualBox machine (VM), when you map a network shared folder on a Windows 10 machine to VM Settings >> Shared Folders.
In such a case, the error is due to the Host OS missing the Samba (SMB) protocol that Windows XP needs to connect to the shared folder. To fix the problem, proceed and enable the SMB 1.0 support feature on Windows 10/11 (Host OS), as instructed below:
1. Navigate to Control Panel and open Programs and Features.
2. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
3. Check the SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support feature and click OK. *
* Note: It’s also enough to enable the SMB 1.0/CIFS Client only.
4. Restart your computer.
5. After restart start the VirtualBox VM. The problem should be gone! *
* Note: If you still have the problem, go ahead and install the Samba (SMB) protocol on the machine with the shared folder as well.
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