VirtualBox – “kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)”

Issue

Cannot start vm guest machines without the “kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)” error being thrown. The vms were part originally used on a different Macbook which was migrated using the Migration Assistant.

Solution

After reinstalling virtualbox I dug deeper and noticed that there was a warning in the settings dialog which suggested that the disabling of the USB port

Under the USB settings there was a usb filter which was removed and the “Enable” box unselected.

The vm guests were able to be run immediately after.

Platform

Macbook Pro 2020
MacOS Catalina 10.15.5
Virtual Box 6.0.22

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