I am running a Windows XP VirtualBox Virtual machine, but get the following error:

The following error occurred attempting to rename the computer to "VM1":
Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password.

I am logged in as local administrator and when prompted for credentials, used my local administrator credentials.

I would need to rename this VM as it's a copy of another VM with the same name. How can I rename it?

1 Answer 1


Start VirtualBox Manager then select the VM and click settings. Under General tab, you can change the name. After the VM has been created, the name is only a label (identifier). The name will still be associated with the correct VM when altered.

  • I have changed that. Just wanting to know if multiple Virtual boxes with the same Windows name (but different name as you mentioned) on the same network would be OK.
    – xt_20
    Jun 6, 2012 at 1:39
  • If you mean the same OS but different labels, then it is possible. I have three Windows XP VMs but different labels. The VirtualBox Manager does not permit the same labels.
    – WikiWitz
    Jun 6, 2012 at 1:59

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