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Cannot run Windows Server 2008 R2 with VirtualPC on Windows7

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  • Hi Guys

    I've installed Windows7 64bit (Enterprise) on my AMD Athlon 64 System.
    After all automatical Updates, I've installed the VirtualPC 6.1.7600. (64bit)

    I created a new Virtual machine:
    Windows Server 2008, an own VHD, 1 GB RAM...

    When I try to install "Windows Server 2008 R2 (64bit)", the setup interrupts with this errormessage:
    "Attemping to load a 64-bit application, however this CPU is not compatible with 64-bit mode"

    Is it not possible to run a 64bit-OS with VirtualPC on Windows7?
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:55 AM

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  • Hi, Virtual PC for W7 only runs 32bit Operating Systems. The Virtual PC 64bit is for using with W7 64bit and the same for W7 32bit. The XPmode Virtual machine is the same it only runs a 32bit XP. To run Win 2008 64 bit. You will have to use Vmware Server see link below.

    http://www.vmware.com/freedownload/login.php?product=server20

    Also check this link and check your CPU spec's for Virtualization. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization

    Slan go foill, Paul 
    • Edited by artiste1 Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:32 AM added another link.
    • Marked as answer by Sean Zhu -Moderator Friday, October 16, 2009 8:04 AM
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:21 AM
  • ...Just an addition to artiste1's post.  You can check out VMWare server, but if you want another free option, take a look at VirtualBox.  VirtualBox will support 64bit guests.  They support it if you're running a 32bit OS on a 64bit capable processor with virtualization extensions enabled.  However, the smoothest option is to run VirtualBox on a 64bit host if you want to run 64bit guests. 

    Apart from that, it's a very good virtualization program.  I love Microsoft technologies and I defend and use them here at the office, but I have to admit that VirtualBox is a great program.  It will run Windows guests as well as many different distros of Linux guests.  It is very stable and has releases more often than VirtualPC.  I have been using it a lot at home and I almost like it better than VirtualPC.  Anyway, I just thought that I'd chip in with another option to try until VirtualPC adds support for 64bit guests.

    Regards,
    John
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 8:22 PM
  • VirtualBox and WindowsVPC can coexists on the same system, but you cannot run them concurrently.
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:14 PM
  • Thanks for your help
    I tried Virtual PC7 RC1, VM-Ware Server 2.0.1 and also VirtualBox

    I got always the same errormessage :(
    It seems that my System (with an Intel Core 2 Quad-CPU) doesn't supports VT-x.

    My Bios doesn't show me any options for it, although VirtualBox means that VT-x is activated

    Friday, October 16, 2009 11:55 AM
  • Exactly what processor do you have? You can run CPU-Z from www.cpuid.com to find out. Most Intel quads support VT. Your initial post refers to AMD. Your previous post says Intel. Neither works?

    The lack of an option for enabling VT in your bios strongly suggests that the problem is with your bios. Do you have a Sony? Sony disables VT in the bios. Many people with different brands of motherboards have found it necessary to upgrade the bios before getting Windows 7 VPC to work. Have you done this?

    If you want to run 64-bit guests, have you considered Hyper-V? It is a very high performance Microsoft virtualization platform that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines. It uses a different technology than Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server, VMware Virtual Server, or VirtualBox.

    Would Windows Server 2008 32-bit serve your needs - it's the last Microsoft server OS to come in a 32-bit version? I use it in Virtual PC. Do you really need R2 features?

    If you would explain exactly what you are trying to accomplish, we might be able to offer alternatives.
    Friday, October 16, 2009 12:40 PM
  • While I can get along with Server 2008 for now (since I'm just rigging test machines and stuff) I am suprised this is the case. I *can* imagine a time when I will want to mess with the server OSes on my workstation, and with MS producing increasing numbers of 64-bit only software, a 32-bit guest limitation is something that might well push me to VMWare.

    I love the new Windows 7 Virtual PC look, and it has moved along a lot - I use it when telling people why they want Professional or Ultimate edition of Win 7. To have to move to another piece of software to get around this is a shame. Please Microsoft - hear this feature request and place emphasis on the need for 64-bit guest support in the future!
    Monday, November 16, 2009 6:15 PM
  • Hi Guys

    I've installed Windows7 64bit (Enterprise) on my AMD Athlon 64 System.
    After all automatical Updates, I've installed the VirtualPC 6.1.7600. (64bit)

    I created a new Virtual machine:
    Windows Server 2008, an own VHD, 1 GB RAM...

    When I try to install "Windows Server 2008 R2 (64bit)", the setup interrupts with this errormessage:
    "Attemping to load a 64-bit application, however this CPU is not compatible with 64-bit mode"

    Is it not possible to run a 64bit-OS with VirtualPC on Windows7?


    RETAINS THIS LIMITATION?


    Thiago Cardoso Luiz - MCSA W2k3 MCTS SQL http://t-cardoso.blogspot.com/ Caso seja util VOTE e COLOQUE COMO RESPOSTA
    Friday, September 24, 2010 1:41 PM
  • MS has no intension to do this. Use other free tools like VMWare Player or VirtualBox.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Friday, September 24, 2010 1:49 PM
  • Correct, no 64-bit VM's.


    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Friday, September 24, 2010 1:50 PM
  • I have 64 bit windows vista home premium and Intel core 2 duo processor. I am getting same error when I run VMware for windows server 2008.

    Do you have any advise on that?

    Saturday, September 25, 2010 9:59 AM
  • Which VMWare version do you use? I'm using VMPlayer 3.1.2 and I can run 64Bit Windows Server 2008R2 guests.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Saturday, September 25, 2010 12:18 PM
  • I have VMware Player 3.1.1 on 64 bit vista home premium. I cannot run 64Bit windows server R2 guest.

    Error is "Attemping to load a 64-bit application, however this CPU is not compatible with 64-bit mode"

    Saturday, September 25, 2010 10:07 PM
  • Update to 3.1.2 (it was released yesterday) and try again.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Saturday, September 25, 2010 11:38 PM
  • I updated to 3.1.2, but still same error.
    Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:26 PM
  • contact the VMWare support.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Sunday, October 03, 2010 2:52 PM
  • Hi All,

    i had the same problem. finally i downloaded vmware server and installed win 2008 r2 64 bit on it. everything looks good so far.

    Saturday, April 16, 2011 7:32 AM
  • Hi,

    I am trying to install Windows Server 2008 r2 in virtual box in my Windows 7 home premium (laptop). I face the following issues, can any one pls help me

    1) Tried with Microsoft Virtual server 2007 -- while installing it errored that it will not run in windows 7 home premium edition

    2) so i downloaded Oracle's Virtual Box and tried installing windows server 2008 r2 in that i got the below error

    VT-Xx/AMD-V hardware acceleration has been enabled, but is not operational. Your 64-bit guest will fail t detect a 64-bit CPU and will not be able to boot
    Please ensure that you have enabled VT-x/AMD-V properly in the BIOS of your host computer

    I am using i7 AMD processor with 8gb ram in my laptop....

    can any one guide me on how to solve this error


    Thanks Karthikeyan Anbarasan http://f5debug.net/
    Monday, June 27, 2011 10:34 AM
  • You need to enable vt-x or "Hardware Virtualization" in your BIOS,
    save the settings, then do a full power off of the PC.  Wait a few
    seconds, then start it up as normal.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Monday, June 27, 2011 11:13 AM
  • Thanks Bob,

    My Vt-x is enabled, but still i get the same error when i run the VM...


    Thanks Karthikeyan Anbarasan http://f5debug.net/
    Monday, June 27, 2011 1:12 PM
  • Just to set the record straight, it is either Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Server 2005, not Virtual Server 2007.  And it will run on Windoes 7 Home Premium.  The message you are seeing is that it is not supported.  Supported means help from Microsoft.  It runs fine.  In any case, neither product can run a 64bit guest so VirtualBox or VMWare Player are your free choices.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Monday, June 27, 2011 1:12 PM
  • If you did a power off (That's a necessary step), then your best bet
    is to ask the Virtual Box people, something may be going wrong with
    it.
     
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Monday, June 27, 2011 1:23 PM
  • Now i can able to complete the steps... resets the BIOS settings and disabled and enabled Virtualization and restarted the system... this fixed my issue.
    Thanks Karthikeyan Anbarasan http://f5debug.net/
    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:11 AM