I'm trying to run an application setup by double-clicking the setup.exe from within Windows Explorer. The file is located on a mapped network drive, and I'm using Windows 7. This results in the following error message:

The specified path does not exist. Check the path, and then try again.

The workaround I found is to copy the installer to the main hard drive (c:) and run it from there; however, this is rather inconvenient. I have the impression that the problem only occurs with installers, as everything seemed to work fine with regular exe's.

Is there anyone who can explain this odd behavior?

Update: After some extended tests I noticed that the problem only occurs with a mapped drive of VirtualBox's "shared folders" (cf. vboxsvr; VirtualBox v3.1.4). Mapping an SMB drive works fine.

Update: The same problem occurs on Windows Vista.

Update: Apparently, this bug has already been reported in VirtualBox' bug tracker.

4 Answers 4


Yes I have faced the same problem like every one.

The most easy way to overcome this problem is to log in as an Administrator in the guest Windows OS. Here's a tutorial for enabling Administrator account in Windows 7

Another option is to disable the UAC (User Account Control). Here's a link for disabling UAC. Disabling UAC is dangerous , it makes the job easier for malicious programs.


You can solve this issue by tweaking Local Group Policy:

Local Group Policy Editor (Run gpedit.msc) > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options >

  1. User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators... = Elevate without prompting

  2. User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode = Disabled

  3. User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation = Disabled


Credits: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/5732


You either need to run it as administrator, or you need to add the network location to your Trusted Sites list in IE.


As you already found out, the easiest way to overcome this is to use a network share path instead of a mapped network drive. Shared folders in VirtualBox appear as network shares in a network location called VBoxSvr. Type \\VBoxSvr in Explorer's address bar (or in Start Menu, or Run window), then press Enter. Now navigate to your desired shared folder/path and run your program.

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