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  • I have a desktop computer running Windows 7 (32-bit) that is a part of my workgroup in my house.  It is on all the time but is used only occasionally.  It has an Athlon 64 bit processor, 4GB memory and is only 3 years old.   Since I have an unused 2TB HDD available, I am wondering if I could install Vail on it and run both Win 7 and Vail on the same computer.  All desktop computers on my network are hardwired.  Can anybody offer expert advice?  Thanks in advance.
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:26 AM

Answers

  • Some folks have had some success running both operating systems concurrently on the same machine using virtualization. 

    See the link here: http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/05/18/transform-your-vail-whs-into-a-media-center-pc-part-1/ 

    The Holy Grail for most of these efforts is to get Media Center running with Vail, but if you have another reason for wanting to run Win 7 concurrently you might have more success.

    I'm assuming you're talking about having both running concurrently rather than a dual-boot scenario, which would be easy to do.

    Good luck,

    John


    Vail Server HW: Asus socket 775 mobo, E6500 dual core processor. 4 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 5400 RPM drives, 1 IDE DVD drive, 2GB RAM, latest build of Vail
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 7:51 PM
  • Some folks have had some success running both operating systems concurrently on the same machine using virtualization.
     
    See the link here: <http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/05/18/transform-your-vail-whs-into-a-media-center-pc-part-1/>
    IMHO, this article describes exactly the wrong approach. If you want Windows 7 and WHS to run on the same hardware, then the Windows 7 should be the host and WHS should be in the virtual machine.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 8:44 PM

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  • Some folks have had some success running both operating systems concurrently on the same machine using virtualization. 

    See the link here: http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/05/18/transform-your-vail-whs-into-a-media-center-pc-part-1/ 

    The Holy Grail for most of these efforts is to get Media Center running with Vail, but if you have another reason for wanting to run Win 7 concurrently you might have more success.

    I'm assuming you're talking about having both running concurrently rather than a dual-boot scenario, which would be easy to do.

    Good luck,

    John


    Vail Server HW: Asus socket 775 mobo, E6500 dual core processor. 4 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 5400 RPM drives, 1 IDE DVD drive, 2GB RAM, latest build of Vail
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 7:51 PM
  • Some folks have had some success running both operating systems concurrently on the same machine using virtualization.
     
    See the link here: <http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/05/18/transform-your-vail-whs-into-a-media-center-pc-part-1/>
    IMHO, this article describes exactly the wrong approach. If you want Windows 7 and WHS to run on the same hardware, then the Windows 7 should be the host and WHS should be in the virtual machine.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 8:44 PM
  • IMHO, this article describes exactly the wrong approach. If you want Windows 7 and WHS to run on the same hardware, then the Windows 7 should be the host and WHS should be in the virtual machine.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Agreed, that's the first thing I thought when I read it.  I wasn't endorsing the method, just citing an example of someone trying to get both OSs running at the same time. 
    Vail Server HW: Asus socket 775 mobo, E6500 dual core processor. 4 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 5400 RPM drives, 1 IDE DVD drive, 2GB RAM, latest build of Vail
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 10:09 PM