I have just gotten Windows 8. Need to install a VM for an XP application...

By glass73 ·
I have a new Lenovo Thinkpad with Windows 8. I need to install a VM so that I can install a copy of XP (which I have ready) for an app that my firm only supports in the XP environment. I followed Greg Shulz' Create a Test Machine in Windows 8 Client Hyper v but have an immediate anomaly. When I turn on Hyper V Management Tools, I can turn on Hyper V Management Tools but cannot turn on Hyper V Platform because "Hyper V cannot be installed: Virtualization support is disabled in the firmware."
Am I screwed or is there something I can do?

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Which version of Window 8 do you have installed?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I have just gotten Window ...

Some versions like Home can not run any Vitalization.

At the very least you are going to need the Professional or above version of 8 to do this.


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Consider a third party VM

by dldorrance In reply to I have just gotten Window ...

VMware has free downloads for personal use on computers running any version of Windows (including Wndows . The product is VMware Player. I am unsure whether Virtualbox (also free) has a Windows 8 version. Here we run Windows XP on VMware Player where the underlying OS is Linux. The VMware Player can be downloaded here https://

In the link, remove the space between https:// and

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Windows 8 version

by glass73 In reply to I have just gotten Window ...

I don't know if this came through previously, but I have Windows 8 Pro.

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Enable VT Support in BIOS

by 88Fan In reply to I have just gotten Window ...

You need to enable VT (virtualization support) in the BIOS, virtually all CPU's support this now and Hyper-V I believe actually requires it.

A side note to this is that any of the previously listed options will run faster with VT enabled also.

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