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I am creating a VMWare VM from my old laptop. Since VMWare Player is not free for me to use at work, I am looking at converting the resulting VM to a VirtualBox VM. (There are several tutorials on how to do this.)

But as I was going to install VirtualBox I saw that it only supports x86/AMD64.

Virtual Box Supported OSes

Both my laptop and my new computer have an Intel 64 bit processor.

It is a bit confusing because the main page for VirtualBox says it supports AMD64/Intel64. But the download omits Intel64.

Am I out of luck? Or is there some way to make it work? (Or will it just work even though it says it is only for amd64?)

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    This is a VMWare article, but you might find it useful. Some computers require that virtualization technology be enabled in the host bios. kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/… It's completely unrelated to your question, but still might be helpful.
    – Jack
    Aug 15, 2013 at 23:23

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AMD64 is the x86_64 standard.

AMD licensed their 64-bit x86 implementation to Intel after Intel's non-backwards-compatible IA64 implementation was a market failure.

All Core 2 Duo and newer (all the i3, i5, i7) (exception: early Atom) Intel CPUs support AMD's AMD64 x86_64 implementation.

So just choose x86/amd64 (provided you are running a 64-bit OS)

Note: Often software referring as compatible with x86 is in reference to x86 32-bit. x86_64 CPUs can run either 32-bit or 64-bit OSes.

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  • Be carefull with Core2Duo: Not ALL Core2Duo's support x64. Especially in the mobile/laptop versions there are some models which are 32-bit only.
    – Tonny
    Feb 7, 2014 at 11:46
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    I'm not aware of any, however they are easily confused with the Core Duo (Core 1 generation) which are 32-bit CPUs. Feb 8, 2014 at 23:48
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    I did a bit of research and I must admit being wrong. I'm confusing them with the Pentium Mobile series. These come in x64 (Core2Duo based) and x32-only (CoreDuo based) versions.
    – Tonny
    Feb 9, 2014 at 11:01
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If you look at the download more closely, you see that it supports both x86 and AMD64. As a result, you can use the default download without a problem. I can confirm this because VirtualBox is working on my AMD64 computer.

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