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So I tried installing Hyper-V on my Intel Xeon Quad-Core laptop… one would think that this would be possible.

Turns out that Microsoft’s promise of Windows 8 running fully on hardware that can run Windows 7 does have its limitations.

I headed to the familiar ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ dialog, and tried installing Hyper-V Core, but this was disabled… further digging around unearthed some unpleasant details.

Hyper-V Core, the integral part of Hyper-V, requires a new virtualisation processor feature known as SLAT.  Microsoft has documented a list of SLAT-Capable cpus here -> http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1401.aspx

Unfortunately mine is not listed there.

So if anyone was planning (as was I) to install the Dev Preview and have a VM of Windows 7 running on it, think again, and try an alternative solution, such as Oracle’s VirtualBox.