I have been running PCLOS XFCE in Virtualbox in Windows 7 for months now, since I prefer to do browsing in Linux even if I am booted into Windows at the time.
A couple days ago Virtualbox updated and put out new guest additions, so like usual I updated and installed the guest additions. Now Compiz is nonfunctional, and generates a blank screen at start-up. If I use drak3D and disable desktop effects then the install still runs, but my theme is gone - windows have no borders, and the placement is automatically in the top right of the screen.
To see if maybe just this VM got corrupted I did a fresh install of LXDE in Virtualbox, which ran fine until I installed and enabled Compiz, and then the same behavior occurred.
I'm hoping that a new update will fix this, and in the meantime I am thinking of trying a KDE minime install to see if Kwin is affected similarly.
Anyone else seeing this, or is it a quirk of my hardware?