Enable-HyperV

Introduction

In this blog post, we will learn how to enable Hyper-V on the Windows 10 operating system using Windows settings, PowerShell, and Command Prompt.

What is Hyper-V

Hyper-V is a Microsoft virtualization technology that allows users to create virtual machines and run multiple operating systems on a single computer.

Hyper-V specifically provides hardware virtualization. That means each virtual machine runs on virtual hardware. Hyper-V lets you create virtual hard drives, virtual switches, and a number of other virtual devices, all of which can be added to virtual machines.

It is available in three versions, such as Hyper-V for Windows Servers, Hyper-V Servers, and Hyper-V on Windows 10.

System Requirements

The following are the system requirements such as operating systems, supported guest operating systems, hardware requirements, and others for installing Hyper-V on Windows 10.

Operating System Requirements

  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Education

Note: The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on Windows 10 Home edition.

Supported Guest operating systems

  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7, Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1)
  • Windows 8, Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP 2), Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1), Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
  • CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE
  • Oracle Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • FreeBSD

Hardware Requirements

  • Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
  • CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-c on Intel CPUs).
  • Minimum of 4 GB memory.

Difference between Windows 10 Hyper-V and Windows Server Hyper-V

Hyper-V features only available on Windows 10

  • Quick Create and the VM Gallery
  • Default network (NAT switch)

Hyper-V features only available on Windows Server

Live migration of virtual machines from one host to another
Hyper-V Replica
Virtual Fiber Channel
SR-IOV networking
Shared .VHDX

Install Hyper-V Role

There are various ways to enable the Hyper-V role through Windows settings, using PowerShell, or using Command Prompt and the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM).

Enable Hyper-V roles through Windows Settings

1. In Windows 10, Type apps in search and open “Apps & features.”

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

2. Select “Program and Features“.

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

3. Select “Turn Windows features on or off“.

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

4. Select Hyper-V Management Tools and Hyper-V Platform and click OK.

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows 10

5. After the installation is completed, you will be asked to restart. Click “Restart now“.

Enable the Hyper-V role using PowerShell

Open PowerShell with Administrator privileges and run the following commands.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

Using Command Prompt and DISM, enable the Hyper-V role.

The Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) helps configure Windows and Windows images.

Open PowerShell with Administrator privileges and run the following commands.

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V

Follow the below post on how to install Linux Ubuntu on Hyper-V on Windows 10.

https://easytechhub.com/how-to-install-linux-ubuntu-on-windows-10-using-hyper-v/

Conclusion

Hyper-V is a virtualization technology from Microsoft that allows you to create virtual machines and also virtual hard drives, virtual switches, and a number of other virtual devices. In this blog post, we learned how to install Hyper-V role on Windows 10 using three ways.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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