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19 Jan 2011   #1

Hyper V or such for Win7

Pardon my confusion. Let me start with what I am trying to do.

I am currently taking an instructor led Microsoft certifcation course. The labs are operated in a virtual environment. In class, the Microsoft Virtual Server is is running on an old XP computer. The instructor suggested that I could take labs home an run them on my machine without any licensing issues as they are part of the student materials. In fact, the labs are installable from a CD that comes with the book.

So, I install the lab software from the back of the book on my Windows 7 Ultimate PC.

Now, as you would expect, The lab's VM launcher (LauncherApplication.exe) won't run because it is "Unable to connect to the local Virtual Server instance" until I install a VM. I tried downloading Vitual PC 2007, but I cannot install that because "This program is blocked due to compatibility issues".

I also tried Virtual Server 2005 R2. Same problem.

I searched for Hyper V download links and found a load of "related" materials, but not an installation EXE or ISO.

Pardon my ignorance, but what am I supposed to install to get a Microsoft VM on my machine so that I can run a Microsoft training lab?

Thanks, guys!

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19 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Hello Soho,

I think the reason why you can't run XP mode is because you have Home Premium. XP mode and Virual PC only work for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise.

Try this, its free and i have no issues using it. Downloads - VirtualBox

See if that can help.

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19 Jan 2011   #3


I think I mentioned I am running Windows 7 Ultimate, not a home version. But I will investigate alternative VMs if I cannot make a Microsoft solution work on my Microsoft OS.
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21 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soho1 View Post
I think I mentioned I am running Windows 7 Ultimate, not a home version. But I will investigate alternative VMs if I cannot make a Microsoft solution work on my Microsoft OS.
Apoligies, i did'nt see that. I was actually looking at your system spec.

Perhaps if i had right, then i would have suggested Windows Virtual PC which also gives a choice of installing XP mode if you wish.

Download Windows XP Mode

That should be better as its a microsoft VM written for Win 7.

That may help better
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