I'm using Ubuntu 14.10 on a VirtualBox VM. It installed fine, I was even able to install Guest Additions and a few apps before shutting it down for the day. Now when I try to boot the VM all that loads is the UEFI Interactive shell.

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How do I get it to boot back into the normal desktop?

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    Go into your VirtualBox settings by choosing your Ubuntu VM then Settings. Choose System and then uncheck Enable EFI.
    – John Scott
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 1:48
  • I just tried that and all it gives me is "no bootable medium found" Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 13:36
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    Ah. No wonder. It's because you installed it in EFI mode. You need to make a new virtual machine and install Ubuntu all over again and make sure that box is NOT checked!
    – John Scott
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 21:16
  • Well that figures.. I didn't do much with it yet anyway so whatever x_x And this is why I VM things 1st lol Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 22:27
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    Possible duplicate of VirtualBox boots only in UEFI Interactive shell
    – Kulfy
    Commented Aug 19, 2019 at 22:14

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