Installing Hyper-V on Windows 8

Have a Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise? Have a powerful hardware? Then you might be delighted to know that your PC is able to virtualize at no cost! But first you will need to install Hyper-V on your workstation.

Do take note that you will need a SLAT capable CPU to use Hyper-V. To check out if you have a SLAT capable CPU, check out this blog post.

How to install Hyper-V on Windows 8?

  1. Go to Control Panel –> Programs –> Programs and Features. If you are using Classic Control Panel, it will be Control Panel –> Programs and Features.
  2. Click on Turn Windows features on or off.

    Turn Windows features on or off
    Turn Windows features on or off
  3. Tick all features for Hyper-V as of screenshot below. Click OK button

    Tick all Hyper-V features in Windows Features
    Tick all Hyper-V features in Windows Features
  4. Windows will proceed to install the required files. After installation, reboot the machine.
    Windows Installing Required Files
    Windows Installing Required Files

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  5. Upon completion, Hyper-V Manager and Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection will be available as tiles from Start menu.

    Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Connection
    Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Connection
  6. Start Hyper-V Manager.

    Hyper-V Manager
    Hyper-V Manager
  7. As part of good practice, always create virtual switches as it will allow you to set up virtual machines easier. To create virtual switches, click on Virtual Switch Manager in Hyper-V Manager Actions. There are three types of virtual switches to choose. I would personally recommend Internal.
    • External – Switch that binds directly to your physical network card.
    • Internal – Switch that allows connection between VMs and Host.
    • Private – Switch that only allow connection from the VM to Host.

    Download the following file for a brief diagram on difference of each virtual switches:[wpdm_file id=2]

  8. Click Create Virtual Switch. Give it a meaningful name (Eg. Internal Network, VM-Host) and click OK button.

You have successfully installed and configure Hyper-V on your workstation!

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