I'm trying to install windows server 2012 on my "VMware 9.0 32 bit app" and it gives me an error that It can not install any 64 bit software

I am using a Dell 3521 laptop and I have Windows 8.1 64 bit on the host. Is this because my processor could be a logical 64 bit not physical 64 bit or what?

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    If you have a 32 bit VMWare it's not surprising you cannot install 64 bits software into it... – Jan Doggen Aug 28 '13 at 10:31
  • I did it before on an HP pavilion dv6 1390 Laptop with the same VMware :D – Megheeny Aug 28 '13 at 10:55
  • If you have a 64-bit Windows 8.1 installed as a host operating system of course you have a 64-bit processor. If you didn't have 64-bit processor, then you wouldn't have a 64-bit operating system, installed as the host operating system.be possible. Have you enabled virtualization technology within your BIOS/UEFI? – Ramhound Aug 28 '13 at 11:36
  • yes I did and I'm surprised because I'm using the Hyper-V and I had already installed the windows server 2012 on it what do you think :D ? – Megheeny Aug 28 '13 at 11:43

From what it sounds like, although you have a 64-bit processor, it lacks hardware virtualization and therefore you cannot have 64-bit guests virtualized. This is the VT-x technology that most budget processors (as that laptop has) lack.

To verify, plug in your processor's model into this site and it'll tell you more.

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