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I have a Windows 7 machine and I would like to make a virtual machine with Windows Server 2008 (and probably Windows Server 8 if possible) on it. The problem is that the Virual PC 2007 does not support Windows 7 as a host and Windows Virtual PC does not support Windows Server as a guest.

So what are my options here? I am a student and have access to free MS stuff in Dream Spark. Obviously I do not want to invest money in such a software and will prefer if the product is from MS.

For instance I know that Hyper-V exists as a standalone product, but I suppose it is still some sort of a server OS. However if I install it (or the whole Windows Server) will it be possible to host Windows 8 and Windows Server 8?

(Just to make it clear - I do not have the option to add another partition on my HDD:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • System Reserved
  • Extended partition with logical partitions )
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does VMWARE supports new flavor of windows? I haven't been looking into VMs for a while, but they always were the first to support new OS – BigMike May 3 '12 at 7:35
If you do not have space on your hard disk, you won't be able to create a virtual machine, either. – Cody Gray May 3 '12 at 8:46
Virtual PC does not support Windows Server as a guest. -- "does not support" is not the same thing as "does not work". – RobM May 4 '12 at 7:54
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VirtualBox,, runs very well on Windows 7 and supports almost everything as a guest.

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+1 It'll also run 64-bit guests if the host is 64-bit. – Chris McKeown May 4 '12 at 7:45
I can confirm that VirtualBox on a Win7 machine happily runs Server 2008 as a VM. – John Gardeniers May 4 '12 at 9:37
Thanks, I tried it and is really cool. – Ivan Stefanov May 5 '12 at 10:10

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