VirtualBox – Failed to acquire the VirtualBox COM object.

VirtualBox failed to acquire the VirtualBox COM object.

Under the Details it was complaining about VirtualBox.xml

Looking in Windows Explorer in the .VirtualBox folder


it shows that the VirtualBox.xml file being empty. Delete the file. Reinstall VirtualBox. Now go to your VM’s in

C:\Users\Username\VirtualBox VMs

Open up the VM folder and double click on the “Virtual Machine Definition” file to “reimport” them into VirtualBox.

Enable or Install Group Policy Editor on Windows 10/11 Home

Normally you can’t run the Group Policy Editor on Windows Home editions. But there is a way to enable it.

First, open up a Command Prompt (Not Terminal) as Administrator

Open Command Prompt as Administrator

Now copy and paste each of the commands.

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")

Now we can launch Group Policy Editor by typing in the following

Group Policy Editor on Windows Home

More details can be found at the following sites

Disable Telemetry on Windows 10/11

If you are on Windows Home, you will need to enable the Group Policy Editor
Enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 or 11

Open up gpedit.msc

Computer Configuration -> Windows Components -> Data Collection and Preview Builds -> Allow Diagnostic Data

Windows Group Policy Editor – Disable Telemetry

Double click on Allow Diagnostic Data to bring up the window. Set it to Enabled, and then under Options, set Diagnostic data off

Hit Apply and your good to go.

Import cert.pem on Windows

First thing you will need You will need the .pem certification.

Next launch PowerShell as Administrator

We’ll be using the certutil.exe utility to import the certificate.

.\certutil.exe -addstore -f "Root" 'C:\Users\path\to\cert.pem'

Example output for importing a self signed UniFi certificate.

PS C:\Windows\system32> certutil.exe -addstore -f "Root" 'C:\Users\path\to\cert.pem'
Root "Trusted Root Certification Authorities"
Signature matches Public Key
Certificate "unifi.local" added to store.
CertUtil: -addstore command completed successfully.
PS C:\Windows\system32>

How to setup a Chia Harvester on Windows

The following instructions are for setting up a Windows computer as a Chia Harvester.


Before we get started you will need the following

  1. Have a current Chia farmer
  2. You will need the \ca folder from your main farmer.
  3. IP address of your Chia farmer

The ca folder should be located in


You should be able to copy and paste the above in File Explorer. Copy the ca folder to a USB drive or share it via a network share.

Setting up harvester

  1. Copy the ca folder to an easily accessible place on your harvester
  2. Install Chia from
  3. Close chia
  4. Open PowerShell and paste the cfollowing commands in. Change the sections in bold to reflect your settings/options
cd $env:APPDATA..\local\chia-blockchain\app-1.2.5\resources\app.asar.unpacked\daemon
.\chia.exe init -c D:\ca\
.\chia.exe stop all
.\chia.exe configure --set-farmer-peer
.\chia.exe configure --enable-upnp false
.\chia.exe plots add -d D:\   
.\chia.exe start harvester -r

Check the main Farmer to verify the Harvester connected.

Disable Telemetry for DotNet SDK

First option is to open a Power Shell or Command Prompt and type, think it may need to be an admin prompt.


As a secondary option you should also be able to do this from the GUI by doing the following.

Search for Environment Variables

Windows Environment Variables

Edit Environment Variables

Edit Environment Variables


with a Variable value of 1

Create Windows Dot Net CLI Telemetry Opt Out variable

Save by Hitting OK and OK again.