Enabling Hyper-V on Windows 8

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In my previous post, I walked through the process of ensuring that your PC can run Hyper-V on Windows 8.  This post is the next step, enabling Hyper-V.

The following assumes that you have already installed Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise on your PC.

Let’s get started.

1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run box and type appwiz.cpl
appwiz-cpl

or, from Control Panel, select Programs and Features

2. Select Turn Windows features on or off

TurnFeaturesOnorOff

3. Select Hyper-V, and click OK

SelectHyper-V

The Hyper-V binaries is now added to your Windows installation.

Hyper-VApplyingChanges

4. Once Hyper-V feature is enabled, you must reboot your PC to complete the installation.

Restart

After your PC is restarted, Hyper-V Manager is added to your start screen.

Windows8-Start-Screen-Hyper-V

I use Hyper-V Manager often, so I chose to pin it to my taskbar. Here’s my Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V-Manager

Next post, I’ll walkthrough setting up networking on your PC (host) and your VMs (guests) with Ethernet and wireless.

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Making Sure that Your PC Can Run Hyper-V

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For those who wonder if they could use Hyper-V with Windows 8 by re-purposing their old PCs, here are some helpful hints.

Hardware Requirements:

  • 64-bit system with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • 4 GB RAM (minimum)

You’ll need either Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise

To check and see if your PC supports SLAT

1. Download Coreinfo

2. Extract coreinfo.zip to your location choice

3. Open Command Prompt window and Run as administrator

cmd-administrator

4. Navigate to the coreinfo extracted location, and type coreinfo.exe –v

Since I already have Hyper-V enabled, the results produced as captured in the screenshot below

coreinfo-v
On PCs with Intel processors, without Hyper-V already enabled, the EPT line would have an * indicator.
“*” means the feature is present
“-“ means it is missing

In my next post, I will walkthrough how to enable Hyper-V on Windows 8.