How to create a Virtual Machine on a Windows 7 host.

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Hello...I am chasing some advice on how to proceed. I wish to create a virtual machine, I have a Windows 7 machine, it is: 2.10GHz, 4.0GB RAM, & has a 64-bit operating system. I have 140+GB of free space on my hard drive. What I want to know is the step-by-step process of installing the Hyper-V software. I am unable to partition my (C) drive, I have attempted to install the Hyper-V software but have cancelled it as I have received a message that it may over-write the Windows 7 O/S. My aim is not to over-write. Once installed my aim is to install the Windows Server 2008 R2 software and then create several virtual machines, these would use Windows 8 which I would upload into the virtual machines. I am just not sure of taking those first steps. Any advice or directions would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks for your time.

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Windows 7 Enterprise: Dell Vostro 1510: 2.10GHz: 64-bit operating system.
ASKED: July 23, 2013  6:45 AM
UPDATED: July 23, 2013  12:46 PM

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  • TomLiotta
    ...to install the Hyper-V software...   What "Hyper-V software" are you wanting to install? I think only the Hyper-V Tools for administration can be installed on Win 7.   Tom
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  • Subhendu Sen
    As far as my knowledge, probably it is not possible to directly run hyper-v on any client pc of Windows 7, as u mentioned hyper-v SW. Assuming u indicated hyper-v Manager that can be installed on any windows 7 can be managed the virtual machines though u did not mention which hyper v SW u have tried also.
    Though u can try Windows Automation Installation Kit for the same. One more option here that u can dnld MS windows server 2008 R2 but it is standalone hyper v based virtualization product.
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  • CrackingTry
    Many thanks for your responses, I have managed create a 'virtual partition' and have allocated 65GB to it and made it 'dynamic'. I intend to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on there. I am, however, not 100% sure that I should be doing this as it may cause problems with Windows 7??? Can anyone tell me whether it will or not? Or...is it safe to proceed?Once installed, if I proceed, I would then create my virtual machines.All advice is welcome.  :)
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  • CrackingTry
    I just had another thought, does Windows 8 have to be installed on the virtual drive prior to Windows Server 2008 R2? Or can Windows Server 2008 R2 just be installed? Again...all advice welcome.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    See, whatever I provided it is not suggestion rather it is an idea. What u want, probably nobody can provide u exact what happened after doing the job that u wanted. Coz without proper testing and real life implementation it is not possible to give u 100% guarantee. U can try boot wind serv 2008 R2 from vhd within wind 7. Assuming u have already installed wind 7 & as u discussed already created virtual partition, but how!! have u made this thru command promp like "diskpart".... however it is not cleared here.
    If u went thru diskpart, then where is the file! it it under C drive and extension might be .vhd where u explained already 65GB allocated. OK !!
    If mu all assumptions r tight till now, then select the .vhd file (whatever name) and run attach vdisk. Close command prompt.
    When selecting partition on which to install wind serv 2008 r2, select newly created and attached vhd partition and ignore any warnings/messages  likeā€¦ cannot boot from this partition....
    When it finished, there is an option to boot from windows 7/ windows 2008 r2.
    Remember, don't remove normally the vhd file, use bcdedit to edit this.

    Again mention here, it is an IDEA, better take a test pc and install whatever u want, if u get success, then take full backup of ur product/ original computer and do the job.

    I am not sure if this helps u, whatever u provided the info and whatever I understood, just I am trying to provide some concept/idea, however hope u will overcome this issue.
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