Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro has Hyper-V technology, which comes from the Server 2008 family. This lets you set up and manage virtual machines.

Continue through the wizard to assign memory, hard drive space, networking and more. It’s straight forward and easy to do if you’ve created a VM before. First start by giving it a name and choose a different location to store it if you aren’t happy with the default.

Win7 VM Name

Assign Memory – but one thing to keep in mind is it only lets you use a specific amount of RAM. If you try to put in to high of a value, you’ll see the following error.

memory warning

Next select the Virtual Switch you created earlier from the dropdown.

select Virtual Switch

Create a virtual hard disk, and choose a size for it. Here – I’m creating a 40GB drive. You can also use VHDs you’ve already created or attach one later.

40gb HD

Now select your installation method. You can use the host computer’s drive or an ISO image. For fastest results, I have been putting the ISO files on my local drive. There are a lot of errors to deal with while trying to grab it from a network location.

install ISO

You’ll then get a summary screen which you can review and click Finish.

Time to install the OS on our VM. Here you can see the one I created is off. Right-click State and select Connect.


That brings up your VM – which is off. To power it on, just click the green Start button at the top.

vm off

The virtual machine starts and the installation of Windows kicks off. You can put on whatever OS you want, I just grabbed Windows 7 because it was handy.

install windows 7

I won’t go through the process of installing Windows 7 as we’ve covered it before and it’s a straight forward process.

installing win7

But when it’s done installing, you have yourself a nice new VM on your Windows 8 machine.

Pages: 1 2



  1. Renny Paul Phipps

    Great post Brian, Followed it and I am up and running with my first VM.
    Happy days

  2. Raneesh

    Hi thank for your post. Its really help me configure hyper-v.
    But i had an issue.I had 2 vms running win2012 and i had created an external virtual switch and link to both. I can get internet connection on both vms and external network.
    But i cant connect(ping) between to VMs and host machine.

    please help me. I need both connection betwwen vms and internet.

  3. Alex

    “NIC card” …


    network interface card card

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


To Top