If you are eager to use 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate as your host for building Windows Virtual PC guest virtual machines running SharePoint 2010, you are in for a rude awakening.
Only months after confirming that SharePoint 2010 will run only in 64-bit environments, Microsoft has provided us no way to try out a virtual SharePoint 2010 appliance or build our own virtual machine guests because Windows Virtual PC won’t allow you to create a 64-bit guest, even though you are running a 64-bit host version of Window 7.
How does Microsoft expect developers to learn SharePoint 2010 if we cannot build a 64-bit guest VM to run under a 64-bit Windows 7 host? Do they really expect everyone to install a 64-bit server operating system on our laptops just so we can run 64-bit SharePoint 2010 VM’s?
Hey Microsoft. That sound you hear is a bunch of people and their money going over to VMware Workstation, which will gladly install a 64-bit guest operating system in a virtual machine running on a 64-bit Windows 7 host.