Client Hyper-V - Introduction, Requirements & Installation for Windows 10 / 8

Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, a learner or just enthusiast to try new operating systems, HYPER V is the right way to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. 

You can run more than one 32 bit, or 64 bit operating systems at the same time on same computer, inside a virtual machine. Client Hyper V is an optional feature in Windows 8.1, which does not get automatically installed with Windows. You need to turn it on, if you want to use it. Client Hyper V is built upon same virtualization technology available in Windows Server Client V. 

Using Hyper V you can create a testing environment on a single Desktop or Laptop, and when everything looks fine, you can later export your virtual machine to deploy on a server, running Hyper V. Developers can test their applications on different operating systems inside Virtual Machines on a single PC, without actually having different physical computers with different operating systems. Moreover, Hyper V and Virtual Machines are best for learners and enthusiasts. They can learn and experiment on different operating systems on a single computer, and can create different infrastructure to prepare for their IT exams.

Hyper V is available in two different versions. One is for servers, and another one is for client computers. However, both works on same technology, but there is a key difference in both versions. This video series is dedicated to Client Hyper V, so you should note down the features that you are not able to use with Client Hyper V.

Before you put your hands on practice, let’s see what the system requirements to use Client Hyper V. Your computer must have a 64 Bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation. A minimum of 4 Giga Bytes of Random Access Memory required to run Client Hyper V. Client Hyper V is only available in 64 Bit editions of Windows 8 Professional & Windows 8 Enterprise.

So what we are waiting for? Let’s install Client Hyper V, and use it to experiment with new things.

To install Hyper V on Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise edition, from the Start Screen, type “Turn Windows Features On or Off”, and click the link, or you can also access Windows Features, by right-clicking on your Start button, and then click Control Panel from Power X menu. Within from Control Panel, click Program and Features applet, and from the left side pane, click Turn On or Off Windows Features. From the features list, make a check mark on Hyper V, and apply the changes. After the installation, you may require to restart your PC for changes to take effect.

Once you are back into the Windows after restart, it is time to pin the Hyper V icon on your Start Screen. From the Start Screen, press the down arrow to access All Programs, search for Hyper V, and right-click on the icon, and then click Pin To Start.

From the Start Screen, click on Hyper V to run it. Now, you are ready to create and run new virtual machines on the same PC. This was an introductory lesson about Hyper V. In the next lesson, you will learn to create and run new virtual machine inside Hyper V, and then we will install an operating system inside our new virtual machine.