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Installing a Guest Operating System as 32-Bit on a 64-Bit Host (1912)

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My guest operating system supports both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware, and I want to install it as 32-bit on my 64-bit host machine. When I install the guest operating system, however, it is automatically installed as 64-bit. How can I install the guest operating system as 32-bit?


On 64-bit hosts, with guest operating systems that support both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware, the Workstation interface does not provide a way to install the guest as a 32-bit operating system. Some guest operating systems will automatically install as 64-bit systems when the host machine is 64-bit. If you want to install such an operating system as a 32-bit guest on a 64-bit host, add the following line to the virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file:

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