Problem with HYPER-V in windows 8

kirk

Is there any way to run HYPER-V in windows 8 64bit without the need of enabled HAV through BIOS? I have a notebook with i7 processon (supports VT) - ACER - and it doesn't have an option to enable/disable Hardware Assisted Virtualization. I crossed check with acer that their BIOS doesn't give such option. Is it possible to run HYPER-V (by using a patch, simulator or other method) without HAV support?

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I run Hyper-V on an Acer 5552 laptop with a low-end AMD processor; it works very well. The laptop originally shipped with Win 7 and I upgraded to Win 8 Pro during MS's $40 deal. I'd be surprised if Hyper-V won't work on your machine. Matter of fact, your main problem is likely to be RAM, since most of Acer's models are limited to 8GB.

jimlynch
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Here's an article that might be of interest:

5 excellent uses of Windows 8 Hyper-V
http://www.infoworld.com/print/208436

"Buried under all of the clamor and kvetching about Windows 8's most obvious features -- Metro! Metro apps! -- is a new addition that hasn't made a lot of headlines: Windows 8's new Hyper-V-powered virtualization functionality. Oddly, most people don't seem to know Hyper-V even exists in Windows 8, let alone what it's good for. But it's one of the hidden pearls inside the Windows 8 oyster.

The exact technical name for Hyper-V in Windows 8 is Client Hyper-V [1]. Microsoft picked this name to distinguish Windows 8's implementation of Hyper-V from the full-blown Windows Server incarnation, which is aimed at the server market and designed for more upscale, industrial-strength virtualization scenarios. Client Hyper-V is for end-users on the desktop who want to make virtualization work for them directly."

jhotz
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I don't think so - as far as I know you have to enable hardware virtualization underneath. Maybe there is some way to emulate it, but I really don't know how. Sorry not to be of further help. 

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