Problems and solution: Uninstalling VirtualBox old version

I had VirtualBox 3.2.8 installed on my system (Windows XP, i686). When I tried to install latest version 4.1.8, the installation sequence asked to uninstall version 3.2.8 and that required executable file of VirtualBox3.2.8.

Which I had deleted! 😦

Now, what to do?

  • I deleted VirtualBox folder from my program files directory.
  • Then, my friend Chetan suggested me to remove registry entries. Run “regedit” in ‘Start->Run’.
  • Now search(ctrl+F) for “virtualbox”; you would get many keys. The registry editor has two panes. Right side shows the key value and left side shows the containing location.
  • On the left pane, look out for folder that is in “open” icon (there would be only one folder looking different from others). Delete this folder.
  • Keep searching for the string by “F3” and keep deleting these folders.
  • You should get a message from Windows that registry scan finds no such word now.
  • Now, try installing VirtualBox. It worked for me 🙂

  One thought on “Problems and solution: Uninstalling VirtualBox old version

  1. REc
    December 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I followed your steps. For Windows7. They didn’t rork for me. Only broke my Local Area Network driver. No more internet, that meant. And me frustrated. Maybe I deleted container folder of some registry keys that should have other, very important ones I should not have messed with ¿?.
    Fortunately there’s System Restore, gave me an additional life to try again.
    I tried a direct method (at least while it holds):
    1- Download the installer executable (.exe) of the required version to uninstall, from
    2- cmd (run as Administrator), then cd to location of executable just downloaded.
    3- Type ‘.exe -extract’ (without quotes), where is the name (full) of that executable.
    4- A messagebox confirms that installer files (.msi) where extracted on %temp%\VirtualBox folder. (You may confirm it by yourself, going to that location by winkey+r (run command), %temp%, enter (explorer opens), VirtualBox)
    5- Run again the installer of the version you want to update to. This time it wont complain, as the *.msi files it needs to uninstall previous version are there on default location.
    (Sorry for english).
    A shame that Oracle does not make easy (clean, I must say) to update their software.


  2. Pat
    December 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Thank you so much!


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