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Hyper V and VMWare on the same machine

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    Hyper V and VMWare on the same machine


    Hi,
    I have many virtual machines in my VMWare Workstation install on Windows 7. I have now let Windows 8.1 lose on the bare metal of this machine as a dual booting system. I have enabled Hyper V on 8.1 to "play around with it and when I went to install VMWare the installer quit stating Workstation could not be installed with Hyper V installed. Any work around ? I don't have to know about Hyper V was just going to play around with it but VMWare will always be my main virtual platform.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I don't think it can be done because of the way Hyper V integrates into the Windows system unlike VMware which runs on top of it. Hyper V makes changes to the system that clash with VMware and it can't work with. Maybe someone else will prove me wrong.
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    nope, it's one of the other.
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    You could make a new boot entry. You can then choose on reboot whether to boot with Hyper V turned on or not.

    This is useful as if Hyper V is installed then VirtualBox or VMWare will not work. You get a message VT-x is not available (as Hyper-V is using it).

    1. Install Hyper V
    2. bcdedit /copy "{current}" /d "Hyper-V"
    3. bcdedit /set "{current}" hypervisorlaunchtype off

    Then you can choose when you boot if you want Hyper V or not so if you want to use vmware for example you pick the boot option without Hyper V.

    Creating a "no hypervisor" boot entry - Ben Armstrong - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    ... if Hyper V is installed then VirtualBox or VMWare will not work. You get a message VT-x is not available (as Hyper-V is using it)...
    See the screenshot below, installing Windows 7 Pro Finnish in a VirtualBox vm, at the same time Windows 7 Pro English running on Hyper-V:

    Click image for larger version

    VirtualBox and Hyper-V have no issues running on the same machine, not even when run simultaneously.

    Kari
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    Well that is interesting. Are you running (booting) your 8.1 host as a vhd or a normal install?
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 clean install, booting normally from HDD, BIOS not UEFI. I mainly use Hyper-V for my virtual machines but have VirtualBox installed as some Linux distros are easier to set up in VirtualBox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    You could make a new boot entry. You can then choose on reboot whether to boot with Hyper V turned on or not.

    This is useful as if Hyper V is installed then VirtualBox or VMWare will not work. You get a message VT-x is not available (as Hyper-V is using it).

    1. Install Hyper V
    2. bcdedit /copy "{current}" /d "Hyper-V"
    3. bcdedit /set "{current}" hypervisorlaunchtype off

    Then you can choose when you boot if you want Hyper V or not so if you want to use vmware for example you pick the boot option without Hyper V.

    Creating a "no hypervisor" boot entry - Ben Armstrong - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
    In the article it uses Windows Server 2012. Is it the same for 8.1 Pro? With Hyper V installed VMWare will not install. I have since disabled Hyper V and installed and set up my VMWare. I'll try enabling Hyper V and report back.
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    It is the same in 8 Pro, yes.
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    That is what I get with hyper V installed booting with either setting. I checked the services and Hyper V was set to manual trigger start and was not running. So the issue is with VMWare checking for the presence of hyper v being installed so it then will not install or run. Oh well never mind.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails No VM.png  
    Last edited by Indianatone; 15 Jun 2014 at 13:36. Reason: Picture incorrectly posted
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