VirtualBox 7.0.0 Final is now available

VirtualBox 7.0.0 Final is now available

Oracle released the final version of its VirtualBox 7.0.0 software today. The new version is a major milestone for the cross-platform app, improving support for Microsoft Windows 11 among other new features.


VirtualBox 7.0.0 is available for all supported operating systems. Interested users can head to the official download site to download the platform package for their platform. Binaries for Windows, macOS, Linux and Solaris are provided on the website.

Existing installations can be upgraded by installing the new version over the old version. All virtual machines that were in the previous version will be migrated to the new version.

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The Official changelog Lists only major features that have been added or improved in the new version of the virtualization software. You can check out my review of the first beta, which focuses on Windows 11 support improvements for the release.

Basically, it is now possible to install Windows 11 on virtual machines without experiencing any hardware compatibility issues. Microsoft changed the hardware requirements for Windows 11, including the processor, TPM, and RAM requirements, and VirtualBox fails to provide these requirements via virtualization software, even if the host system meets all system requirements.

Another new feature of VirtualBox 7.0.0 is the ability to encrypt entire virtual machines; This includes VM configuration logs and saved states. The feature is only available from the command line interface at the moment. However, it does add a level of protection to virtual machines, when you use it.

Cloud virtual machines can now be added to Virtual Machine Manager and configured via Network Manager Tool. This allows administrators to manage and control it just like local virtual machines in the new version.

The GUI has changed in several key areas. There is a new tool that displays performance stats when selected. These highlight CPU and RAM usage, disk input output rates and more information about the operation of guest systems.

Speaking of the GUI, the VM wizard has been reworked in the release to “integrate an unattended guest OS installation” and to streamline the workflow. There is also a new Notification Center that unifies notifications for running processes (most of them) and reporting errors.

The codec that VirtualBox uses for audio recordings is now Vorbis instead of Opus.

Many OS-specific features are now available. On Windows, it is now possible to run virtual machines that automatically start when no user is logged in. The feature must be enabled first before it becomes available.

In Linux, automatic updating has been added to support guest additions for Linux guests. Additionally, the ability to wait and/or restart guests has been added when guest additions are updated.

In macOS, finally, support for all kernel extensions has been dropped. VirtualBox is solely based on the hypervisor and vmnet frameworks provided by Apple. The app lacks “web” in the release, but Oracle promises that it will be delivered in a future update.

A developer preview package is also available for Apple Silicon CPUs. However, it is not supported at this point.

VirtualBox 7.0.0 supports IOMMU, TPM 1.2, 2.0, EHCI and XHCI USB devices in the new version. The new version of EFI virtualization software is now also supported.

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VirtualBox 7.0.0 is a major new version of virtualization software, especially in environments that use Windows 11 virtual machines, but also for other purposes.

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VirtualBox 7.0.0 Final is now available

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VirtualBox 7.0.0 Final is now available

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Oracle published the latest version of its VirtualBox 7.0.0 software today, with support for Windows 11, TPM, and EFI operating systems.

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