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I was about to install Windows 8 Pro on a laptop which supports virtualization but lacks SLAT (SU9400). I wanted to use it as a second dev machine.

It won't work out though because Hyper-V (required by the emulator) would be unavailable due to the lack of SLAT support.

I read that Windows Server 2012's flavor of Hyper-V doesn't require SLAT.

Since the WP8 emulator runs on Hyper-V, does that mean it will work on a SLAT-less system running Server 2012?

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As long as you're using Windows Server 2012, you should have no problems running Hyper-V with the WP8 Emulator without having to worry about SLAT. Most systems running x86 virtualization like VT-x should be able to handle WP8 just fine as long as you're on a newer system so as to ensure the processing power to handle the tasks you're looking to run. Even when WP8 runs, it can run rather slowly on older compatible systems.

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I have noticed it is terribly slow to deploy the app into the emulator (perhaps minutes, versus seconds on my desktop). Once loaded though the program itself runs fine. – Louis Dec 26 '12 at 12:09
I've done the same on a Windows Server 2012 VM. 5 minutes to launch an app. But Hyper-V virtual network adapters were configured in a better way under WS2012 than under Windows 8, so Internet was working OOTB in the emulator. Plus, no need for SLAT. I'm on an AMD A6, so I confirm. – leye0 Feb 8 '13 at 9:01
Just checked again, and apps are deploying automatically. It's the emulator itself that takes between 4:30 and 5 minutes to load. – leye0 Feb 8 '13 at 9:13
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Hyper-V and the WP8 emulator work fine on such hardware when using Server 2012.

Tested on a machine with VT-x support but lacking VT-x with Extended Page Tables (SLAT).

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