Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
It's not a problem that you loaded the 32-bit version of Virtualbox. It will work and function just fine. I don't believe that VMWare has a native 64-bit VMWare Player or Workstation app either.
I'm not sufficiently grounded in vmware's internals - however you CAN run using vmware products (with the VT feature enabled) a full 64 bit guest os on a 32 bit system (I've run Windows 7 X-64 as a VM on a 32 bit W2K3 server host and an XP host. Of course the disadvantage of doing this is that the HOST can only see a max of 4GB RAM (probably 3.25GB) so the amount available to the guest will be less.
So I'm not sure if it really matters if the "vmware application" is 32 or 64 bit since a 64 bit guest Virtual machine runs in full 64 bit mode as well as the applications running on it even if it's running on a 32 bit HOST.
Exactly how this works is a bit beyond "my pay grade" as they say in the CIA but it definitely is NOT by using emulation. The VM is using proper 64 bit CPU instructions.