I'm on windows 7 64 bit, Intel Core i7 3612QM, NVIDIA GeForce GT640M 2GB, 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD and 500GB HDD.

I want to delete and get rid of windows 7 partition and install Ubuntu 13.10 on my 240GB SSD.

I tried installing Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit on virtualbox but I get this error:

This Kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.

I have checked my CPU details here: Intel Core i7 3612QM

If you scroll a bit to that site, you can see there: 64 Bit - 64 Bit support

I want to install Ubuntu 64 bit, but is my computer compatible with it?

  • Boot the install cd and find out... – psusi Dec 13 '13 at 5:06
  • Hi, thanks for your answer, however i don't have an installation CD. Is it possible if i use a USB instead? – knt Dec 13 '13 at 5:17
  • Yes boot from either DVD or USB and try without installing. Check everything works. If it does install. – Warren Hill Dec 13 '13 at 8:32

Yes your computer is compatible to install 64 bit version of Ubuntu.Your virtualbox software may be 32 bit,so that it displays error like that.

If you still had doubt on whether your system supports Ubuntu 64 bit or not,you may bootup the Ubuntu installation disk and click on Try Ubuntu option.There you can test the full features of Ubuntu.

  • +1 or he may have a 64bit VB but did not make sure that he set up a 64bit virtual system, it will select 32 bit by default, you have to scroll down one to get to 64bit, that caught me the first time I used VB.... – TrailRider Dec 13 '13 at 5:03
  • Hi Thanks for your answers @Avinash Raj and TrailRider. However. Download section of Virtualbox says VirtualBox 4.3.4 for Windows hosts x86/amd64. That means that on a single installer both 32 and 64 is supported right? Also, how do you set up a 64bit virtual system? I don't get where should i scroll down? Thanks for the helpful answers. Cheers! – knt Dec 13 '13 at 5:11
  • yes,it is possible to create bootable usb.Try to create bootable ubuntu usb through unetbootin software. – Avinash Raj Dec 13 '13 at 5:21
  • I'll be following this guide: ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows – knt Dec 13 '13 at 5:21
  • ok,let's try that. – Avinash Raj Dec 13 '13 at 5:25

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