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Background: I was recently trying to install Fedora 18 into Virtualbox. The version of virtualbox is listed as: My host system is 64 bit Windows 7 home premium. My processor (Intel Pentium B940) will only host 32 bit vm Operating Systems. The Fedora release I downloaded and tried to install is: Fedora-17-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso

Virtual box can see (and read?) the live CD .iso. I get this far:


but then it hangs never loading the OS:


I'm pretty sure that I have the storage/load settings correct: StorageSettings

Here are the Network settings:


Here are the System settings:

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I was able to successfully load Fedora 15 from a DVD .iso (Fedora-15-i386-DVD.iso). I have Win7 (en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677056.iso) loaded in a virtual machine

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You're processor does support 64-bit OS's natively (CPU specs).

My understanding is that you're saying you are running Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

The ISO name "Fedora-17-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso" points out that the Fedora version is 64-bit (x86_64).

You can't run a 64-bit VirtualBox guest on a 32-bit host OS unless you processor supports both 64-bit instructions (which yours does) and hardware virtualization (which yours does not). Related info from VirtualBox

So, either run a 32-bit (i386) of Fedora in the VM, or replace your host OS (Windows) version with a 64-bit version, or upgrade your CPU to one that supports both 64-bit and hardware virtualization.

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Since x86 is almost synonymous with 32 bit architecture, i didn't register that it was 64 bit. I feel like a dope. Now it makes sense that the i386 Fedora 15 release loaded easily. I edited my question to reflect that the host system is 64-bit, but the processor only supports 32-bit vms. – Ben Plont Jun 28 '13 at 17:55
No reason to feel like a dope, I can totally see how you'd think that. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 29 '13 at 1:20

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