After a few months of testing, Oracle has finally released VirtualBox 7 for all users on all supported platforms. So, the latest major release adds many new features and improvements, such as SecureBoot and TPM 1.2/2.0 support for improved Windows 11 support. These two changes now let VirtualBox customers run Windows 11 on fully compatible virtual machines without any software trickery or bypassing minimum hardware requirements.
Other notable features include full virtual machine encryption, cloud virtual machines support, DirectX 11-based 3D support, the ability to run a virtual machine in session 0 (before you log into your profile), various user interface improvements, and more. However, it was possible by tweaking the registry to bypass these requirements.
New features in VirtualBox 7
- Virtual machines can be fully encrypted now, including the VM config logs and saved states (CLI only for now)
- Cloud virtual machines can add to Virtual Machine Manager and controlled as local VMs.
- Cloud networks can now be configured via the Network Manager tool similarly to Host-only and NAT networks.
- Added a new utility similar to “top” or “resource monitor,” which lists performance statistics (CPU usage, RAM usage, disk I/O rate, etc.) of running guests
- Reworked the new VM wizard to integrate the unattended guest OS installation and to have a more streamlined workflow
- Added a new help viewer widget which enables the user manual to navigate and search
- Adding a new notification center unifying most of the running progress and error reporting around the GUI
- It improved theme support on all platforms. Linux and macOS use native engines, which are separately implemented for Windows hosts.
- Large icon update.
- I am now using Vorbis as the default audio format for WebM containers.
- They added a “default” host driver type to make it possible to move VMs (appliances) between different platforms without changing the audio driver explicitly. When the “default” driver is selected, a platform’s best audio backend option will be used. This is the default for newly created VMs.
- Implemented initial support for automatic updating of Guest Additions for Linux guests
- Implemented the ability to wait for and reboot the guest when updating Guest Additions via VBoxManage
- Added Guest Control “waitrunlevel” sub-command to make it possible to wait for a guest to reach a certain run-level
- Dropped all kernel extensions. Then, VirtualBox relies entirely on the hypervisor and vmnet frameworks provided by Apple now. At the moment, the implementation lacks “Internal Networking” functionality. This will be provided at a later date.
- We provide a Developer Preview package for systems with an Apple silicon CPU.
- Reworked guest screen re-size functionality and added essential integration with some guest Desktop Environments.
- Implemented new 3D support based on DirectX 11 (and DXVK on non-Windows hosts)
- Added virtual IOMMU devices (Intel and AMD variant)
- Added virtual TPM 1.2 and 2.0 devices
- The EHCI and XHCI USB controller devices are now part of the open-source base package.
- Added support for Secure Boot
- Added experimental support for guest debugging through GDB and highly experimental support for guest debugging through KD/WinDbg
Download VirtualBox 7
Now, you can download VirtualBox 7 from the official website. So. the app is available for free on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The latest versions of VirtualBox support TPM 1.2 and 2.0, as well as Secure Boot, making it easier to install Windows 11.
Here, you have minimum system requirements and installed Windows 11 on a virtual machine or any unsupported PC and are now unable to upgrade to Windows 11 2022 Update, then follow this post on how to update or install Windows 11 22H2 on unsupported PCs.
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