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Just downloaded Windows 8 preview (x64) with VS 2011 and other goodies.

My box has an older processor (E4400) which does not support hardware virtualization, hence not allowing me to install x64 Guest OS on VirtualBox (VM).

To my knowledge, VPC does not support x64 guest OS.

I've tried Qemu (which sounded promising) but it keeps crashing on me.

Are the any other VM's out there that can handle my scenario?

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you could, presumably, use the 32 bit version of the win8 preview –  Journeyman Geek Sep 14 '11 at 7:23
    
32 bit version does not come with all the extra tools (msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516) –  roman m Sep 14 '11 at 7:32
    
32bit apparently requires VT-X still. –  Simon Sheehan Sep 14 '11 at 10:59
    
Just FYI - I installed it on an E4400 with 4 GB of RAM and a $40 500 GB 7200 RPM Hitachi hard drive... took UNDER 10 minutes to completely install, including OOBE. Suggest a dual boot might be a better option. –  Multiverse IT Sep 16 '11 at 0:53

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Is using the Windows 7 feature "Boot to VHD" an option? It's a feature of the host OS to boot VHD files as if they are a native OS.

See Hanselman's post on this here - "Boot on real hardware from a Virtual Hard Disk."

It's not embedded virtualisation, but is an alternate way to test Windows 8 without dedicating a complete machine.

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I'll give this a try tonight –  roman m Sep 14 '11 at 17:27

Or you can install whatever version you like and then install Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview seperately. The Win8x64withTools ISO only has the express edition.

Update: While the separate download of VS11 doesn't appear to be the express edition like in the Win8 ISO, I'm not sure that is is the full edition.

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All virtual machines softwares require VT-x to run 64-bit OSes because it needs segmentation to provide memory protection between guest and host. So the only reasonable way you can do is install windows 8 side-by-side and dual boot with the current OS. Or you can install windows 8 x64 and then another 32-bit guest inside

You can use an emulator such as qemu or Bochs but since everything is running under emulation, it's very slow. I've tried running a live 64-bit Linux and after a long time waiting for it to boot, I give up

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