Hyper-V provides hardware virtualization, initially used to be only in Windows Servers, but from Windows 8 it is included in some versions. Hyper-V is an optional feature in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions, the files so required for installing may or maynot be present in the computer depending upon the IT policy applied to your computer. Here is how to install or enable Client Hyper-V in desktop Windows and get things started with virtual machines.
Only things to consider before installing Client Hyper-V is to check RAM on your computer to run it. Minimum of 4GB RAM is required, obviously in a 64-bit system. Also note that you can move one virtual machine’s storage to and from another local drive or a USB drive or remote file sharing, maybe public cloud of your choice as well.
Install Client Hyper-V in Windows 8
- Open Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features OR start typing “Windows Features” on your Windows 8 start dashboard.
- Open “Turn Windows features on or off” wizard named Windows Features.
- Tick mark or enable Hyper-V (maybe you might want to select all the options)
Alternately you can enable Client Hyper-V using Windows PowerShell, for which type in the following command line:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All
That’s it, restart your computer. Then open your Virtual machine Connection to connect to virtual machines remotely or create a new one.