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Hello,

I have a Windows 8.1 machine that I need to run a program on that is only compatible with Windows 7. I want to set up a virtual machine to run Windows 7 on. What is the easiest way to do this?

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by:gplana
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I would create a new virtual machine using your virtual machine software (VirtualBox, VM-Ware, etc...) and install Winows 7 from a DVD installer or an .iso image. Just be aware of the license of Windows 7.

Hope it helps. Regards.
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if you have Windows 8.1 Pro, you can add the Hyper-V roll, and use the Hyper-V native Hypervisor, rather than any other additional type 2 hypervisor software.
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by:zelfanet
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The pc is not 8.1 pro.
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You will need to use

VMware Player 7.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 11.0 (30 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]
http://www.virtualbox.org/ 

and you will need to have a license for the Windows 7.0 VM!
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by:gplana
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Then you can use Oracle Virtual Box, which is free: https://www.virtualbox.org/
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by:zelfanet
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Andrew,

Do I need all three of those things?
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Just select a product, not all three.
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by:gplana
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You need any of them. I recommend you Oracle VirtualBox.
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by:zelfanet
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Which is the best and the easiest to set up??
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They are all equal, VMware Player...
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by:gplana
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From my experience, Oracle VirtualBox is a little more powerful than VM-Player. And also a little easier, from my point of view.
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by:zelfanet
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OK, Ill try out one. So I have to have the Windows 7 software and license key?  

Also, if I do this on a Windows 7 machine do I still need a license?
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Yes, you need a license for all copies of Windows.
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by:rindi
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Windows 7 Aero Display works better under VMware Player than under VirtualBox. Otherwise I prefer VirtualBox.

You can install Windows 7 without a key, but then it will be in Trial mode. The trial period is different between the different Windows 7 editions (Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise), but you can extend that period up to 4 times I believe, by opening an elevated CMD prompt and entering slmgr /rearm.

So if you only need this for a limited period, you don't really need a license key. You can probably meanwhile work on getting the program to run under Windows 8.1.
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Where is the best place to download an iso file for Windows 7 ?
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Thanks,

I downloaded the Windows 7 from that site and it worked. If I want a permanent solution and wish to put in a license key, where can I get that from?
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by:rindi
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Most PC shops will sell you Windows 7. If you don't want to re-install, make sure you get the same version you installed. Then you can just enter the key. If you installed Enterprise, then you can't get it retail, it is only available to companies as VL as far as I know. Also make sure you don't get an OEM version.
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by:zelfanet
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Ah, techverse took down the links to download the software. The Microsoft link has Windows 7 Enterprise, is that the same thing?
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Is there another place I can download Windows 7 Pro from?
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Also, the one on Microsoft is 64bit, that didnt work for me on the vm player, so I need 32 bit. Anywhere I can download this?

Thanks
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You should download from Microsoft site, in order to avoid malware.
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The Microsoft only has the 64bit.
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Is getintopc.com legit?
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
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