How to Install or Enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 or 10

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Hi there,

Today, we will be looking one of the most useful features of Windows 8 and 10. As you all must be aware that one can install the Hyper-V role in both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

I have an article written on this which can find here.

I accidentally happen to know that you can enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 and 10.

It is one of those nifty features that is not enabled by default. The reason I want to share this is because you can save yourself from installing VMWare Workstation as a virtualization platform and it does not come free of cost.

The only drawback once you enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 is that you will be able to create VM’s if you are running a 64-bit OS, and not 32-bit OS.

Now let us begin by enabling this feature on your Windows machine.

Hyper-V is installed in the add features section of the add or remove programs dialog. To get there we need to open a run box by pressing Win+R, now type appwiz.cpl and press enter. You could also get to the Programs and Features box through Control Panel or the Start search

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Once the Programs and Features Windows comes up, click on Turn Windows features ON or OFF.

How to Install or Enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 or 10

When the Windows Features open, check the Hyper-V option. Then click Ok.

How to Install or Enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 or 10

Windows will now add the Hyper-V binaries to your Windows installation.

How to Install or Enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 or 10

Once completed, the system will prompt you for the reboot. Go ahead with restarting the system and you should be able to launch the Hyper-V Manager from the Start Menu.

How to Install or Enable Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 8 or 10

Well, that’s it today. I hope this has been informative and thank yo for reading!

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I am Adil Arif, working as a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Rubrik as well as an independent blogger and founder of Enterprise Daddy. In my current role, I am supporting infrastructure related to Windows and VMware datacenters.

4 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing this, May I know the reason why Microsoft, by default keeps the Hyper -V option disabled in Windows 8?

  2. Alfonso Rodriguez on

    One thing that we must know is that the Hyper-V feature can be enabled only if we have the Professional version of Windows 8, or 10.

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