You can get a Virtual Private Server. They are cheap and easy to setup.
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I was able to install this on a laptop running Windows 8.1 without any issues.
Have you tried it on 8.1 yet?
Did you turn off virus protection for the install?
Virus protection off during install.
windows 8 version is whatever patch is newest from Microsoft.
Still get failure to install condition.
I cant afford windows server software. Options?
You want to consider subscribing to Microsoft's Action Pack. It's about $350 a year and gives you all of their server software and then some to test with.
All you'll need is VMware fusion or Parallels to run it on.