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You need Professional/Ultimate/Enterprise editions of Windows 7 (64-bit) to install SharePoint 2010. Also, please note that this kind of setup is only for Development purpose and it cannot be used for Production use.
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you can do this if you get Oracle's Virtual box. this will allow you to create a virtual environment into which you can create a server using Windows 2008. you can then install Sharepoint 2010 on this new virtual server.