Now that Windows 7 Enterprise is available for VLK Users to download, I would like to check it out. The only thing holding me back is that I am an application developer (currently developing on a Windows Server 2008 installation) and the most useful thing I use is Hyper-V to create VMs of the systems I would like to test on.

Is it possible to run Hyper-V under Windows 7 Enterprise? Or am I stuck with Windows Server 2008?


Unfortunately that seems to be the case:

System requirements / Specifications

  • An x64-based processor running an x64 version of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise or Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.

Hyper-V System Requirements and Specifications

Credits to Diago:

The alternative to Hyper-V for Windows 7 is Virtual PC for Windows 7 available here. It is currently in RC but will be available soon. It also requires hardware assisted virtualization to work.

If you want 64-Bit VM's however you will have to load Windows Server 2008 and load Hyper-V since Virtual PC does not support this.

For 64-Bit VirtualBox or VMware are good options.


Windows 7 runs fine on Hyper-V, Hyper-V does not run on Windows 7.

As other people have said, you can use Microsoft Virtual PC or Vmware Workstation along with a whole load of other VM software.

  • VirtualBox or VMware* – John T Aug 25 '09 at 17:55

You are stuck with Windows Server 2008 if you have to use Hyper-V. You can always switch to another virtualization software like VMware or VirtualPC or you can wait until Server 2008 R2 is released, which is the server version of Windows 7.

  • FYI. R2 is available on MSDN already. – BinaryMisfit Aug 25 '09 at 19:30

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