Error 0xc0000260 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview Installation on Virtual Machine

If you are like me who jumped into Windows 8 bandwagon, then congratulations! I know there’s a lot of good feedback already about Windows 8. However, not everything is rosy for some, like me. I’d experienced the error 0xc0000260 while installing Window 8 consumer preview today on Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Don’t you worry, it’s easy to solve error 0xc0000260 code in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

How to solve the Error 0xc0000260

Here’s the step by step instruction. Just follow them and soon you’ll be able to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview in no time.

  1. If you are using Oracle VM VirtualBox, all you have to do is Go to Settings (click on the golden yellow icon on top).
  2.  On the left side, choose System. You will see three tabs namely, Motherboard, Processor, Acceleration.
  3.  Go to Processor tab. Click or Tick the Extended Features: Enable PAE/NX
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click Start (green arrow icon) to proceed in the installation.

From here, everything will be smooth sailing already. If you still have problems in installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Virtual Machine, kindly leave your comments here and I’ll do my best to find the solution for you.

Have a nice installation of Window 8 Consumer Preview. Hopefully the Error 0xc0000260 won’t bother you anymore.

5 thoughts on “Error 0xc0000260 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview Installation on Virtual Machine

  1. I am getting the same error and after checking the PAE / NX, the VM window keeps flashing \your computer needs to restart…\ and then message from Oracle VM…\A critical error..\.

    And at other times, I see a fish type icon with 08 on top right which stays there for sometime and then the same thing…\your computer needs to restart…\ and then message from Oracle VM…\A critical error..\.

    Appreciate your help.

  2. Im trying to install it on a laptop dell inspiron 2200 and this error comes out after clicking any key for installation…. I know this computer has been having a life long after its death, but it still works

  3. HP pavilion dv3 4036TX.

    trying to install W8 Preview Release iso on VirtualBox.
    first error: have to enable PAE/NX on VirtualBox.
    second error: resolved after VT enabled on BIOS
    third error: BIOS update needed
    now: critical error without error code. Any hint people?

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