Installing VmWare Workstation on a system with Hyper-V

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I decided to compare VmWare Workstation 9 to Hyper-V in Windows 8.

However if Hyper-V is installed in Windows 8, VmWare Workstation won’t install stating:

“Error: This Product may not be installed on a computer that has Microsoft HyperV installed.”

I have not found a solution for this, but there is a workaround to dual-boot Windows 8 with or without Hyper-V started by setting “hypervisorlaunchtype” to off in an alternative choice in the boot menu.

Editing the boot menu in Windows 8 is done with tool bcdedit, just as in Windows 7.

To list the current configuration run: bcdedit.exe

To create a copy of the default entry, run:

bcdedit.exe /copy {default} /d “Windows 8 No Hyper-V”

Set the option hypervisorlaunchtype to off by running:

bcdedit.exe /set {} hypervisorlaunchtype off

Reboot the system and start without launching the hypervisor for HyperV and install VmWare Workstation.