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SolidWorks in VirtualBox

SolidWorks will not run if it detects it is inside a virtual machine. The installer won’t even run. You must modify your VirtualBox VM to add ACPI information so that it mimics a real computer.

  1. In the VM settings, set the Paravirtualization Interface to None.
  2. Edit the VM’s .vbox file and add the ACPI information that SolidWorks wants to see. You can copy real ACPI values from the host machine or make up some serial numbers.

After <MediaRegistry>, add the following:

  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/ahci/0/Config/Port0/FirmwareRevision" value="EMT03L0Q"/>
  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/ahci/0/Config/Port0/ModelNumber" value="SAMSUNG MZ7LN512HCHP-000L1"/>
  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/ahci/0/Config/Port0/SerialNumber" value="S1ZKNXAG609323"/>
  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSVendor" value="LENOVO"/>
  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSVersion" value="N11ET31W (1.07 )"/>
  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemSerial" value="R90GLL59"/>
  <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemVendor" value="LENOVO"/>