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how to install hyper-v on windows 8 ?

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  • How to install hyper-v on windows 8 ?

    I want to install virtual PC but after some research I came to know that windows 8 no longer support virtual pc and it has been replaced by something called hyper-v.

    I just bought a Windows 8 laptop.

    I tried looking into windows on / off features (in control panel) and there is NO hyper-V.

    I know why I don't have hyper-V because after doing some research it seems like it is only available on windows 8 PRO.

    Here is comparison chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions#Comparison_chart

    I have Widows 8 on my laptop (NOT Windows PRO).

    Now in this situation, how to install hyper-v on my laptop ?

    Also, will I be able to run windows 7 virtually on my windows 8 laptop using hyper-v just like virtual pc ? like switching in windows between OS ? If I cannot do this and hyper-v does not work like virtual PC then I don;t think hyper-v will be useful to me at all and i don't wanna figure it out if it is not useful in any way ?



    Friday, December 07, 2012 9:30 PM

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  • You need to have Windows 8 Pro for Hyper-V.  You can upgrade from 8 to 8 Pro.

    Hyper-V is similar to VPC, but it is not as user friendly.

    If you want to run a VM on Windows 8, look at VMWare Player, it's free.

    http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

    Friday, December 07, 2012 10:13 PM
  • You need to have Windows 8 Pro for Hyper-V.  You can upgrade from 8 to 8 Pro.

    Hyper-V is similar to VPC, but it is not as user friendly.

    If you want to run a VM on Windows 8, look at VMWare Player, it's free.

    http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

    In VMware, I am getting error message about enabling Intel VT-x setting in bios ? I have no idea how to go to BIOS in windows 8 and how to enable it ?

    Could you please guide me how to enable VT-x in windows 8 ?

    Saturday, December 08, 2012 1:53 AM
  • The BIOS is hardware, not an OS feature.  When you start your computer, there is a short prompt to press a key, DEL, F2, etc, it depends on the hardware manufacturer, on how to access your BIOS.

    In some cases, you can't depending on what the PC maker allows you to do.  Sony is a good example of removing features from the BIOS.

    Saturday, December 08, 2012 3:31 AM
  • Hi!

    You also have Virtualbox from Oracle which is an equivalent to VirtualPC: https://www.virtualbox.org/

    VMware Player, virtualbox and VirtualPC are type 2 hypervisors that can be installed as software on top of the OS. Hyper-V is a bare-metal hypervisor that can't be installed separately, it's a part of the OS.


    Saturday, December 08, 2012 8:29 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

    first enable VT in your BIOS 

    during POST (The screen before your windows 8 starts) you can reach the BIOS 

    Most used keyboard keys you finde here: 

    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000192.htm

    You should find VT under Processor Settings. 

    http://datacenter-flo.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/C6100.jpg

    Than you have two options: 

    #1 Upgrade your Windows 8 to Pro to get Client Hyper-V 

    #2 Use an other Virtualization product e.g. Virtual Box like mentioned below


    Sunday, December 09, 2012 12:35 AM
  • Hi!

    You also have Virtualbox from Oracle which is an equivalent to VirtualPC: https://www.virtualbox.org/

    VMware Player, virtualbox and VirtualPC are type 2 hypervisors that can be installed as software on top of the OS. Hyper-V is a bare-metal hypervisor that can't be installed separately, it's a part of the OS.



    Is VirtualBox now supported for Windows 8?  They were very adamant against doing any work on VBox while Win8 was in beta.
    Which is why I didn't mention it.
    • Edited by Steve JainMVP Sunday, December 09, 2012 1:02 AM extra info
    Sunday, December 09, 2012 1:01 AM
  • They support Windows 8 as a guest OS and make no reservation about Windows host other than it must be XP or later, so I guess it's fine.
    Sunday, December 09, 2012 7:37 AM
  • Hi jeffcarter,


    To enable the Windows 8 Client Hyper-V feature, our computer needs to meet the following requirements:


    1. Hardware supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

    2. 64-bit Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise.

    3. 4 GB or above of RAM.

    Therefore, it seems that your computer cannot install Hyper-V. Also, Windows Virtual PC cannot be run on Windows 8. Thanks for your understanding.


    In addition, regarding how to configure your BIOS to enable Intel VT-X, you can refer to your motherboard’s operating manual or query the vendor support for help.

    More information:

    Client Hyper-V

    Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”


    Hope this helps.


    Jeremy Wu
    TechNet Community Support



    Sunday, December 09, 2012 6:41 PM
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  • There should be an option for sure to turn on Hyper-V as Windows 8 supports it be it laptop or desktop. Please ensure that the laptop is 64 bit with 64 bit version of Windows 8 PRO.

    You don't need to separately Install Hyper-V, but only need to enable/configure it. Here are the steps to do it

    1. Run "appwiz.cpl". This will invoke Control Panel. 

    2. On the left hand pane, click "Turn Windows Features On or Off"

    3. Windows Features dialog box will be displayed. 

    4. Select Hyper-V and click OK. 

    5. You will need to reboot. 


    abhinav

    Sunday, June 02, 2013 5:21 PM
  • done the 5 steps but the system can't find the files

    Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:05 AM