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Windows 7: Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7

16 Oct 2009   #1

Vista 64
Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7

My understanding is you can not dual boot 2003 Server and Windows 7

Windows 2003 Server is already installed and needed.

Is there a better way to run Windows 7 than to run Virtual Box under Server 2003 and install windows 7 as a VM?

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16 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If Server 2003 was absolutely needed (and couldn't be run in a VM) then you wouldn't want to be dual-booting anyway. If Server 2003 was only needed some of the time, where a dual-boot would work, then it could be run in a VM.

That being said, you should easily be able to run Windows 7 in a VM. However, if it was me, I'd reverse them, and virtualize Server 2003, or set up a second box for the server, if it was that important.
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16 Oct 2009   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
Not the question asked but why not switch from W2003 server to W2008 server -- no probs whatsoever with dual boot if you need to (and it will also run happily in a VM). Works really great and is an ideal pair for Windows 7 as a lot of common code.

From technet you can download otherwise there's a 180 day FREE trial -- long enough for even the most rigid tests.

For dual booting see this link --also if you are testing at home then you might want to make the server behave more like a workstation - you don't need all the "Enterprise" features when running a home server such as all the prompts when shutting it down etc etc.

You can enable desktop effects like AERO, sound etc etc.

Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation! - Multiboot Installation

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