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How to run virtual machines on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

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Added by September 2, 2015

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

  1. In Control Panel, tap or click Programs, and then tap or click Programs and Features.
  2. Tap or click Turn Windows Features on or off.
  3. Select Hyper‑V, tap or click OK, and then tap or click Close.
  4. 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.

Until Next time, Ride Safe!

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Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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