Failed to fix VirtualBox RTPathQueryInfo on shared folder path (Solved) – wintips.org

If you are unable to start your VirtualBox Machine due to “RTPathQueryInfo could not be executed in shared folder…” error, follow the instructions below to resolve the issue. The error reported in VirtualBox appears when you are running Windows 10 and mount a shared network folder on a VM machine running Windows XP as a Guest OS.

Problem details: VirtualBox VM Machine on Windows 10/11 fails to start with error:

Failed to save WindowsXP virtual machine settings to C:\Users\user\VirtualBox VMs\WindowsXP\WindowsXP.vbox.

RTPathQueryInfo failed on public folder path ‘G:\’: VERR_PATH_NOT_FOUND.

Result Code: E_INVALIDARG (0x80070057)
Component: SharedFolderWrap
Interface: ISharedFolder {9622225a-5409-414b-bd16-77df7ba3451e}
Caller: IMachine {85632c68-b5bb-4316-a900-5eb28d3413df}

Failed to fix VirtualBox RTPathQueryInfo on shared folder path

How to fix: Could not save virtual machine settings – RTPathQueryInfo failed in shared folder in VirtualBox and Windows 10.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the error occurs when the Windows XP VirtualBox machine (VM) maps the shared network folder on the Windows 10 computer to the VM Settings >> Shared Folders.

Failed to save virtual machine settings

In this case, the error is due to the fact that the host operating system does not have the Samba (SMB) protocol that Windows XP needs to connect to the shared folder. To resolve the issue, go ahead and enable SMB 1.0 support on Windows 10/11 (Host OS) as shown below:

1. Go to control panel and open it Programs and features.

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2. press Turn Windows features on or off.

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3. Check the Support SMB 1.0/CIFS file sharing feature and click OK. *

*Note: That’s enough for that turn on the SMB 1.0/CIFS client only.

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4. Restart your computer.
5. After restarting, start the VirtualBox VM. The problem should go away! *

*Note: If you still have problems, go ahead and install the Samba (SMB) protocol on the machine along with the shared folder.

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