[vbox-dev] Windows build requirements for MinGW

Frank Mehnert frank.mehnert at oracle.com
Tue Jun 27 06:37:58 GMT 2017

Michal is right. And years ago there was a more strict dependency to an old
version of gcc from code in src/recompiler. This has been fixed long time ago.
Newer versions of MingW will most likely work but are not tested ATM.

Kind regards,


On Montag, 26. Juni 2017 10:51:53 CEST Michal Necasek wrote:
>  Because MinGW 3.3.3 is what's used for the official builds and it's known
>  to be working. Other versions may well work, they just aren't positively
>  known to be working.
>  And no, MinGW is not needed for the Guest Additions at all.
>      - Michal
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: flint at flint-inc.ru
> To: vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
> Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 7:17:12 PM GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Bern / Rome / Stockholm / Vienna
> Subject: [vbox-dev] Windows build requirements for MinGW
> Hi,
> The wiki page https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Windows%20build%20instructions 
> says that for 32-bit build one requires MinGW 3.3.3. Why exactly this version? I 
> tried to build VB using MinGW32 version 4.5.4 (the same rubenvb build as 
> MinGW64), and it compiled without problems (except that I had to patch 
> configure.vbs, obviously). I did not test yet whether it works, though...
> The only thing I did not compile is Guest Additions. Is it for them that version 
> 3.3.3 is needed? Or, maybe, some runtime compatibility with older systems (like 
> WinXP)? Or is it just legacy restriction not required anymore but forgotten to 
> be updated?

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