Tag: Virtual Machines

How to use Hyper-V or VMWare virtual machines on Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) without converting them

Installing Windows Server 2008 as a dual boot so you can play some VHDs might not be very tempting and productive. Following are some good products which you can install on Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit).

I’ll be covering VirtualBox in this post. I like three things about it which are

  • It’s free
  • It can run 64 bit Virtual machines on 32 bit host OS.
  • It doesn’t require conversion. For example you’ve a Hyper-V VHD, what you can do is start Virtual Box, do some clicks and voila you can use it without converting it into another format.

Now you might come across some intriguing error messages while trying to configure and start a Hyper-V VHD on VirtualBox so let’s go through the process one time.

  1. Start VirtualBox and create a new Virtual Machine, type name, select OS and select memory you would like to allocate to this virtual machine on next screen.
  2. Now unselect Start-up disk, click next, you’ll get a warning to attaching or creating hard disk, we’ll configure it in a while so click continue to finish.

  3. Select the VM, click settings and then go to Storage.

  4. Now click add attachment and then add hard disk (First icon in at the bottom).
  5. Choose existing hard disk and browse VHD. You should’ve something similar to the following screen.

  6. Click ok and try starting the VM. Now you should’ve Windows 2008 64 bit up and running on your 32 bit OS.

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