TurboTax on VirtualBox problem solved

Murphy's Law punishes the procrastinator. TurboTax 2009 wouldn't install (on Windows XP on VirtualBox 3.0.6 on Ubuntu 8.04). There was no error message; the installer just silently quit. TurboTax 2008 installs fine, and TurboTax 2009 also fails on a different, fresh XP virtual machine. So I think something changed in TurboTax, not in my Windows installation.

Intuit support was little help, but did tell me how to create and access a verbose installer log file. That pointed me to a .NET error: "Handle does not support synchronous operations." Searching for that message I found a lot of people were getting the error with various programs including TurboTax, and with various versions of Windows running natively, as well as on VirtualBox. I did a repair installation of .NET with the Windows installer, to no avail.

Finally I tried what seemed a long shot to me: I updated VirtualBox to the latest version 3.1.6. Problem solved! The installer ran to completion, updated the program from the net, and I proceded to begin my tax return without incident.

I don't see in the change log what might have fixed the problem, but I'm grateful to the VirtualBox team! 
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