Monday, March 24, 2014

VBoxManage modifyhd Code CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE (0x80080005) - Server execution failed

This is a lol one. I tried extending the hard disk of a Virtual Machine and received the following error:

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage.exe modifyhd "E:\Virtual Machines\JIRA\Windows Server 2008.vdi" --resize 40960
VBoxManage.exe: error: Failed to create the VirtualBox object!
VBoxManage.exe: error: Code CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE (0x80080005) - Server execution failed (extended info not available)
VBoxManage.exe: error: Most likely, the VirtualBox COM server is not running or failed to start.

The Solution

Do *not* start Command Prompt as admin!


  1. Worked for me. I don't know if this is related, but I started VirtualBox as Administrator, but the command prompt with administrator.

  2. Edit: I meant command prompt WITHOUT adminstrator