[vbox-dev] Hardware Assisted Virtualization Requirement for Windows 8/8.1

Alexey Eromenko al4321 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 24 20:29:17 UTC 2013


Will be nice-to-have also Android 4.3 work without VT.

Guest: Android 4.3 (link:


On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM, Arend Dittmer <arend at mypocketxp.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I tried to install 32-bit Windows 8.1 on my laptop running VirtualBox 4.3.0.
> The installation aborted early on with the message:
> Your PC needs to restart. Please hold down the power button.
> Error code: 0x0000000A
> Parameters:
> 0x0000001F
> 0x00000000
> 0x8138AFAB
> According to https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=56465 this
> message indicates that hardware assisted virtualization needs to be enabled
> to run Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)  in VirtualBox. My system does not
> support HAV so it all makes sense.
> Having said this ... Is there a possibility that VirtualBox will be enhanced
> to support the execution of at least 32-bit versions of Windows 8/8.1 on
> systems without hardware virtualization support?
> 1.  While all current AMD processors support AMD-V there is a number of
> current (and older) Intel processors that don't. Right now Intel's Pentium
> Processors B940, B950, 957, 967, B970, 977, 987, B980 do not support VT-X. A
> quick google search showed that these processors are used in a variety of
> laptops from mainstream vendors like Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, Sony.
> 2. Even if the processor supports HAV the system's BIOS has to support this
> feature as well. I assume that most BIOS' do but I am not 100% sure.
> 3. Even though I lack the detailed knowledge about runtime code patching I
> think the problem can be solved in software. With VMware Player 6 Windows
> 8.1 32-bit installs just fine on my system that lacks HAV support (Using
> Player though is not an option).
> I have to admit that I am particuarly interested in this feature as I am
> working on a VirtualBox based 'consumer friendly' product that 'just works'
> on a broad range of hardware platforms. IMHO though one of the most
> interesting features of VirtualBox is the support for a wide variety of host
> platforms and the HAV requirement for 8/8.1runs counter to the VirtualBox
> philosophy.
> What are your thoughts?
> Arend
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-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"

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