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I Can Run Hyper-V!

I noted recently that I purchased a new desktop with the intention of moving to Windows 2008 and Hyper-V. That arrived, and I've been working on setting it up.

It's been great and got me wondering if I could do the same thing on my laptop? After all, I bought a 2GB RAM upgrade for it last year, taking it from 2GB to 4GB, but my 32-bit Vista Ultimate install doesn't see it. At the time I was assuming that the desktop OSes (XP, Vista) would function like the server ones and use up to 4GB. After all, that's what's addressable by 32-bit processors.

However, in their limited wisdom, Microsoft didn't do something right and so my XP desktop saw only 2GB and the Vista one got to 3GB.

So I did some searching, and while there are lots of utilities, like the CPU-Z one from CPUID.com, it doesn't just say "32bit" or "64-bit" on it. I finally found specs at Intel for my Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU, which said it supported the Intel VT technology. Then I found the blog at Accentient that mentioned he had the same CPU in a DELL laptop and put W2K8 on it.

Apparently there are quite a few people trying W2K8 on their desktop, and even a blog at http://www.win2008workstation.com/wordpress/ dedicated to helping you do this.

There's discussion of application compatibility, which is key. I use ULead VideoStudio, but it's listed as no issues on this page.

So as I get through converting my desktop over completely I'll be looking to convert the laptop as well. Hopefully I'll have this working by PASS and everyone can see how it works.

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Posted by Jack Corbett on 28 May 2009

Not gonna have it done by SQLSaturday Pensacola?

Posted by Steve Jones on 28 May 2009

Probably not. I'm still debating about Win7 64 as well.

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