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I want to play Empire Earth 2 with friends, however it doesn't work on Windows 8. I would thus like to know the best way and how to run a virtual machine on my computer with either windows 7 or 8?

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windows 8 has hyper-v built into it I would use that. – Ramhound Oct 29 '13 at 15:19
@Ramhound: I'm pretty sure it is only included in the Pro/Enterprise versions of Windows 8 and can't legally be used with the Standard version. Unfortunately he hasn't said what exactly what version he is using. – James Oct 29 '13 at 15:23
Unfortunately I am using the standard version. – user2396852 Oct 29 '13 at 16:19
@James - I am more then aware of that fact. In the context of the suggestion I mention thats what I (personally) would use. The question isn't even all that clear, he is using Windows 8, but wants a VM solution for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Furthermore EE2 works just fine on Windows 8 in compatability mode. – Ramhound Oct 29 '13 at 16:19
@Ramhound I've tried it, and it doesn't work for me. I had to use a bat file to get it running, but then online doesn't work with Game Ranger. – user2396852 Oct 29 '13 at 16:21
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You could use VMWare Player (which is free for personal use) or you could try VirtualBox by Oracle, which is again, free.

VirtualBox :

Vmware Player :

I've used both, and both work fine for my needs, although I'm not using the VM's to play games.

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If you have Windows 8 Pro you should be able to use Hyper-V. Lots of VMware fanboys like to rag on Hyper-V, but its come a long way in recent years, if you're using just plain 'ol Win8 (Not Pro) You're stuck with Virtualbox and\or VMWare

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