VirtualBox - 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts - still need hardware virtualisation

Just a clarification of my comment on a recent release of VirtualBox supporting 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts. This is NOT a solution for a system which is not already a 64 bit CPU with hardware virtualisation.  The relevant section from the VirtualBox 2.1.2 User Guide is section 1.6, as shown below.


1.6 64-bit guests

Starting with Version 2.0, VirtualBox also supports 64-bit guest operating systems.

Starting with Version 2.1, you can even run 64-bit guests on a 32-bit host operating system, so long as you have sufficient hardware.

In detail, 64-bit guests are supported under the following conditions:

  1. You need a 64-bit processor with hardware virtualization support (see chapter
      1.2, Software vs. hardware virtualization (VT-x and AMD-V), page 10).

  2. You must enable hardware virtualization for the particular VM for which you
      want 64-bit support; software virtualization is not supported for 64-bit VMs.
      Note: On most systems, the hardware virtualization features first need to be
      enabled in the BIOS before VirtualBox can use them.

  3. If you want to use 64-bit guest support on a 32-bit host operating system, you
      must also select a 64-bit operating system for the particular VM. Since supporting
      64 bits on 32-bit hosts incurs additional overhead, VirtualBox only enables this
      support upon explicit request.

On 64-bit hosts, 64-bit guest support is always enabled, so you can simply install a 64-bit operating system in the guest.
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# re: VirtualBox - 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts - still need hardware virtualisation

left by shez at 4/27/2011 6:26 PM Gravatar
I have new dell latitude laptop 6320 with vpro processor, i tried to install 64bit centos but error says your cpu does not support long mode, use 32 os. i even turned on vx-t for that particular vm. is there any solution??? Thanks

# re: VirtualBox - 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts - still need hardware virtualisation

left by Raju Kumar at 11/1/2011 11:34 PM Gravatar
Dear frnd,
I use virtualbox4.1 actually i have to install Xenserver 6.0.0 but i am unable to install it on my virtual software. when ever i try to install it always show 64bit processor require.can i install it on this version or would be download another version.
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