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Can you run a Virtual Windows 7 64bit guest on a physical Windows 7 64bit host?

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After much reading, research and experimentation, I cannot find much guidance on the specific task I'm trying to play with. (Probably because Win7 is so new)

ENVIRONMENT:
I have a PC running Windows 7 RC 64-bit. I have installed "Virtual PC for Windows 7."

THE TASK:
For the sake of testing various software and interaction between software, I'd like to create one or more VIRTUAL WIn7 machines on this Win7 host.  If some experimentation goes wrong, I merely delete and recreate a new Win7 virtual machine.

During some of my experimentation, I received an error that effectively said I could not install a 64-bit version of windows in the virtual machine.  I am downloading the 32-bit version right now to see if that would be more successful, though undesirable.

Installing the XP virtual machine went without a hitch.

Has anybody successfully installed one or more instances of the same OS on a Win 7 box using nothing more than the Microsoft offerings?  I intend to try a similar approach using VMWare and VirtualBox, but I'm really curious to see if it can be done using only MS.

Thanks!

Joe
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is your cpu 64bit
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http://www.virtualbox.org/
You can use sun virtual box to run 64bit w7. I have done this on a macbook pro and it runs fine ;
As long as your hardware is 64bit you should be good to go.

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IanTH,

Yes. It's a 64-bit CPU.
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L0n3W0lf: Provided the actual answer that it cannot be done as 64 bit in the MS infrastructure. Thanks! 225 point.
Mutahir: Provided expanded details on how to use an alternative as touched upon by L0n3W0lf. Thanks for the details!  225 points.
LeeTutor: Thanks for the quick response on the 32 bit success and the link to your very detailed information. It was helpful and reassured my APPROACH was correct. 50 points.
Between the three of you, I'm pointed in the right direction for continued experimentation. Thanks to all of you....Joe
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