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Hyper-V, Windows 8 Built-in Virtual Manager

Hyper-V is one of the awesome utility newly included in windows 8 which is less known among windows 8 users. That was originally built into windows server versions. This utility helps to create virtual machines inside your windows 8 machine without install third party software’s like Oracle VirtualBox and VMware. By Default,It is turned off by windows. You can turn on by go to the Control Panel, click Programs, and select Turn Windows Features on or off.

You end up with two applications: Hyper-V (the virtual machine manager that runs the VM software) and the Hyper-V Manager, where you create or remove virtual machines and .VHD (virtual hard drive) files. Once you’ve created a VM, you can install any OS you want, including Windows 3.1 through Windows 8, Linux, BSD, and others.

Hardware Requirements for Hyper-V

In order to use Hyper-V, your system will need to meet the following requirements.

  1. Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise
    • Must be using a 64-bit operating system
    • Hyper-V supports both 32-bit and 64-bit VMs
  2. Minimum of 4GB of RAM
  3. Your CPU must support the following features, and if applicable they must be enabled in theBIOS
    • Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) – This may appear as Intel VT in the BIOS
    • Dynamic Execution Prevention or No Execute (DEP/NX)
    • Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

You can use MSINFO32 to determine if your CPU supports everything that is required to run Hyper-V: all of the items in the screenshot below should say Yes in order to support Hyper-V

Enable Hyper-V

Hyper-V is not enabled by default. It must be enabled through the Turn Windows Features On or Off interface in the Programs Control Panel. After checking Hyper-V and finishing the installation, you will need to reboot your computer.

  • In the desktop Control Panel, click Programs, and then Programs and Features.
  • Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  • Click Hyper-V, and then click OK, and then click Close. The computer will then restart.

Once you’ve installed Hyper-V, the work of configuring, building, and running Virtual Machines happens through the Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V Manager

Fig: Hyper-V Manager

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