VirtualBox: Start tag expected, ‘<' not found



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The VirtualBox cannot be start up due to the following error,

Failed to create the VirtualBox COM object.
The application will now terminate
Start tag expected, ‘<‘ not found.
Location:’C:\Users\Administrator/.VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml, line 1 (0), column 1.

VirtualBox Start tag expected not found

Solution

Go to the mentioned directory (from the error screenshot). You will find the VirtualBox.xml and VirtualBox.xml-prev files. Replace the VirtualBox.xml-prev to VirtualBox.xml file.

You can now start the VirtualBox without errors!

VirtualBox XML Directory

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