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Is there a way a windows 8 workstation can host four windows 7 virtual machines?
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Question by:deklinm
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If you are running Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise edition AND have a CPU that supports SLAT (as far as I know, all Intel i-series and AMD FX series support SLAT) then you can install Hyper-V and host as many Windows 7 instances as you have licenses for.
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Apart from what leew has already mentioned above, remember that you must have installed the 64 bit version of Windows 8. with the 32 bit version you don't get Hyper-V.

If the above doesn't apply to your environment you'll need another hypervisor. Oracle's VirtualBox is free and OpenSource, or VMware Player is also free (but it is only for use in a non-commercial environment). The performance of the VMware products is a little better in my point of view. If you need to do this in a commercial environment, then use VMware Workstation if you need VMware's better performance, but this won't be free.

Also, If you want to run more than one of the VM's simultaneously, you will need plenty of RAM, and it would be advisable to have more than one HD so you can have the VM's distributed among them. Otherwise Disk access will be a bottleneck.
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I use VMware Workstation on my Windows 8 Pro 64-bit machine and it works great. I have a Windows Vista 64-bit guest and a couple of XP Pro 32-bit guests. I will be adding a Windows 7 guest and that will not be a problem.

I know there are options, but I think VMware Workstation is best in class for this use and it will run anything you want. 64-bit guests need a 64-bit host machine of course.

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