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    Default Windows 8 Hyper-V

    Did Microsoft say whether a computer certified for Windows 8 Pro would definitely support Hyper-V?

    I plan to buy a Windows 8 laptop when they are available but I need it to work with Hyper-V.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Hyper-V

    According to Paul Thurrott's Windows Supersite the answer is YES. Do a Google search for many other sites.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Hyper-V

    That article doesn't say so. Quite the opposite, it says you have to be careful which CPU your computer will have. That's exactly the problem I am trying to avoid.

    I understand computer makers can have their hardware certified for Windows 8. But does a certification for "Windows 8 Pro" mean that the hardware in question supports ALL the features of Windows 8 Pro, including Hyper-V?

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Hyper-V

    When searching for a CPU, always look for one that supports Hyper V. Your original question was somewhat ambiguous in that you say Win 8 not a certain hardware arrangement. Most of the higher end laptops do super hardware virtualization. Bottom line, if the hardware supports it then Win 8 will support it.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Hyper-V

    My original question was about (quote) "a computer certified for Windows 8 Pro". That would be a certain hardware arrangement.

    You understood the question the wrong way around. I wasn't wondering if Windows 8 Hyper-V will run on hardware that can run Hyper-V. I was (and am) wondering how to tell if specific hardware supports Hyper-V.

    Just checking the specs is not enough since hardware makers could still disable virtualisation support and not make it possible to enable it.

    If the hardware supports it then it will work is tautological.

    I was wondering if "certified for Windows 8 Pro" means that the hardware supports _all_ features of Windows 8 Pro, including Hyper-V.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Hyper-V

    ajbrehm, it would be my guess that if the computer is "Windows 8 Certified" (or similar wording), then ALL features that Windows 8 has to offer should work with the computer. Keep in mind that some of these advanced features may need to be download & installed (through "Turn Windows Features on and off").

    It is possible that additional RAM may be required, depending on the number of virtual machines you're planning to deploy at once.

    While I was here, I checked to make sure that the Hyper-V app would install on my desktop PC, & it did. Hyper-V was in the works for Windows 8 from the beginning, as virtualization has became more popular (in many instances, has replaced dual booting) over recent years. And is a tool in the workplace, as one single PC (or Workstation) can do the work of at least 4, provided that the computers meets the specs to do so. Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 has not proved to be the optimal solution for this, basically the user is getting XP Mode, which is OK for some, but I haven't been impressed with it.

    Many of today's Intel CPU's (the "i5, i7 & possibly the lower grade i3) line of CPU's supports virtualization out of the box, it's on by default. This is the case with my MSI FX603-064US, there is no such option in the BIOS, but Speccy reports that it's on.

    Here is some more info in regards to Client Hyper-V.

    Client Hyper-V

    Note that my notebook CPU has one of the required specs of Client Hyper-V, Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT). It's the last spec of my CPU.

    Intel

    I hope that I've explained this at least somewhat to your satisfaction, as this is charting new waters for Windows non-server OS's, making it available for all. It's also good policy for MS to do this, provided it's successful, it may be hard to justify forking over cash to VMWare for their products. This, of course, all remains to be seen.

    Best of Luck,
    Cat

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