Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (x64) Professional and Enterprise have the ability to create and run virtual machines after installing the Hyper-V role. This role is commonly referred to as Windows 8 / 8.1 Client Hyper-V. This is the same Hypervisor that is available in Windows Server 2012 R2 with the capabilities of creating both Generation 1 and Generation 2 Virtual Machines.
To enable Hyper‑V on Windows 8 or 8.1
- In Control Panel, tap or click Programs, and then tap or click Programs and Features.
- Tap or click Turn Windows Features on or off.
- Select Hyper‑V, tap or click OK, and then tap or click Close.
- Shut down your PC, and then restart it.
Once the Client Hyper-V role is installed you will have all the capabilities of the Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 versions with a few minor exceptions. If you need to use any of the following capabilities you will need to use a server version of Hyper-V. The following is a list of those capabilities the client version will not support:
- Live Migrations
- Hyper-V Replica
- Virtual Fibre Channel
- 32-bit SR-IOV networking
- Remote FX
- Shared .VHDX
Once installed the client looks and feels just like its big brother does running on a server.
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