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

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Windows 8 includes Hyper-V as a virtualization platform, but since not everybody will use this feature, it’s not enabled by default. Here’s how to enable it on your Windows 8 PC.

Confusion

Hyper-V only allows you to create a new virtual machine on 64-bit versions of Windows 8, but the client tools are available on both versions. If you are running 32-bit, you’ll be able to do the installation, but you won’t be able to actually use it to create a new VM.

Installing or Enabling Hyper-V

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, but this is easy and geeky.

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Once the Programs and Features dialog opens, select the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left hand side.

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

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

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You can now launch the Hyper-V manager from the Metro dashboard.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 10/17/11

Comments (6)

  1. James O'Brien

    Nicely done. Good use of Geek

  2. Dennis

    Nice..!!!!!

  3. jocevan

    My Windows 8 does not appear the option Hyper-V, it appears disabled, how do I download it on my computer.

  4. A

    yay, I’ve been waiting for this article.

  5. Themba Dlamini

    Apparently Geek has helped alot throughout using it as a guide tool

  6. Sendil

    Awesome Information need a lot..

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