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Windows 8: Enable Hyper-V to Create and Manage Virtual Machines

One of the cool new features in Windows 8 – currently in the various previews, is the ability to create and manage virtual machines with Hyper-V technology. It’s not enabled by default however, here’s how to get it working.

First, make sure your computer can run Hyper-V. You need an AMD or Intel 64-bit processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).

Go into Desktop mode, and use the Windows 8 keyboard shortcut Win Key + R to bring up the Run Line. Then Type: optionalfeatures.exe and click OK.


The Windows Features window opens up. Check Hyper-V then click OK.

Windows features

It takes just a moment for Windows to turn on the Hyper-V feature. Restart your system.


Click the Windows key to go back to the Metro UI. Scroll to the right to find the tile named Hyper-V Manager. You’ll also see Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection. But you need to create a VM first. Click on Hyper-V Manager.

hyperV manager

The Hyper-V Manger opens in Desktop view. Here’s where you create new virtual machines and manage their functionality.

HyperV Manager Desktop

I’ll show you how to create a virtual machine and manage it with Hyper-V Manager in a future article. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has now officially been released so we will be pumping out content on it.

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