What version do I need to install Hyper-v on my windows 7?

Posted on 2011-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a win 7 os on my laptop.
I am trying to set up a VM where I can install other server like win 2008 server and sharepoint.

I downloaded hyper-v 2008 r2 version.
I tried to install it but it sounded like it is trying overwrite my win 7 and upgrade it.
I was not sure what it was doing so I cancelled.
Do I have the right version?

How do I set up a vm on my win 7 laptop and build window server 2008 vm?
Question by:dkim18
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    Hyper-V is a Type 1 Bare Metal Hypervisor which will replace you existing Windows 7 Operating System.

    If you want to keep you existong Windows 7 Operating System, you have several Hypervisor to select some free and some you have to purchase.

    VMware Player 4.0 Free Download

    VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download, but discontinued

    VMware Workstation 7.1.4 (60 day trial, $199)

    Oracle Virtualbox 4.0

    Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows

    I would recommend VMware Workstation 8.0 if you want to purchase, otherwise VMware Player 4.0 for free.

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    You must first check that your laptop CPU/BIOS supports Intel-VT or AMD-V, to support Virtualisations.
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    Hyper-V is based on Windows 2008 Server Platform, and would not install on Windows 7.

    In case you wish to install Virtual Machines on your Laptop, you can opt for Virtual Box.
    Virtual Box is a Virtualization Software to allow you to install VMs on you Laptop.

    Hope this helps!
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    by:Adam Brown
    Hyper-V won't run on any existing Client OS. It's planned to be operable in Windows 8, but that's a ways down the road. If you want to virtualize, you can use VMWare or Virtual PC, which is Microsoft's virtual machine software from before Hyper-V came out. There are plenty of other VM solutions that will run on Windows 7 as well, as has been mentioned.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    If you really want to run Hyper-V, you can run Hyper-V as a Win2k8 R2 VM inside VMware Workstation 8.0.

    See here
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    As many have stated, you cannot install hyperv on win7.  Several options have been mentioned but a few issues have not:

    -Vmware workstation will (as I understand) run 64 bit guest operating systems but is NOT free.  
    -virtual PC will NOT run 64 bit operating systems
    -running hyperv in vmware seems silly at best.
    -vmware server is not for use on a client OS so you can't use that.

    One option not mentioned so far is installing hyperv to a VHS and dual booting your laptop.  The process is fairly simple but should be tried on an unimportant system first to familiarize yourself with it.  (I installed Win 7, Win 8, and Win 8 server to vhds on one partition of my laptops hard drive and multiboot it.  Once I did one install to VHD the other two were simple and only added about a minute of user interaction to the install process )

    I recently did a presentation on Win8 to my local user group - the slide deck with install to vhd instructions near the end is available at HTTP:// (the process should be identical for hyperv that you downloaded)
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    You also can remove Windows 7 on your laptop and replace it with  a W2008R2 Server OS (full not core version ) and then you can tune it to add HyperV role and the aero/Windows 7 experience.
    So you have the Windows 7 GUI and the true HyperV usage.

    Not all laptop supports this (sometime some devices are not recognized, like bluetooth stack,etc...)
     you can look at this link to transform a W2008 R2 server OS to a Windows7-like workstation:
    there is a step by step guide.

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