I'm trying to install a Windows 10 VM on Oracle VM VirtualBox ver. 5.1.22 on Ubuntu 17.04, but whenever I try to run it, I get the following errors:

The virtual machine 'Windows 10' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1).

Result Code:
NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
IMachine {b2547866-a0a1-4391-8b86-6952d82efaa0}


Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall virtualbox-dkms package and load the kernel module by executing

'modprobe vboxdrv'

as root.

where: suplibOsInit

what: 3 VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED (-1908) - The support driver is not installed. On linux, open returned ENOENT.

I'm almost completely new to Linux and Ubuntu so please try to be simple.

  • 1
    It's actually quite simple: Disable Secure Boot in UEFI settings.
    – user692175
    Aug 17, 2017 at 10:01
  • @John This isn't a forum. If you have a question please post an actual question.
    – user692175
    Nov 3, 2017 at 0:35
  • @MichaelBay I understand but my comment was not a new question, it was a clarification of a sub-case of the original question. Still, I will remove it.
    – John
    Nov 3, 2017 at 0:48
  • @John If you have a BIOS system then your problem is different, not a "sub-case".
    – user692175
    Nov 3, 2017 at 0:56

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After struggling with the same issue all night I finally found a way to keep Secure Boot enabled & got Virtualbox VMs running properly- in Ubuntu Xenial (16.04.3).

I used ppa:costamagnagianfranco/virtualbox-ppa. Though maybe another one would work - possibly even the official one - I didn't try.

A key part of the process was signing the kernel module, and these instructions worked for me.

  • I use efitools and sbsigntools to create and enroll keys and sign modules. If you don't use windows, efitools can be used to take over your EFI keys.
    – ravery
    Sep 14, 2017 at 9:26

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