How to Enable Hyper-V on Your Windows 10 PC

In this tutorial, you will basically know about the Virtualization and how to enable Hyper-V features on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Enable Hyper-V on Your Windows 10 PC

If you are a Pro user, you might already know about having multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) running on a single computer. It is called “Virtualization”. VMWare Workstation and Virtual Box are tools that are mostly used for Virtualization on a desktop PC. However, if you are running on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Pro, you can use Hyper-V instead.

What is Virtualization?

Generally, virtualization allows you to run any operating system under a configured environment that is able to simulate the hardware of a full PC. Starting from Windows 8.1, Microsoft has included the Hyper-V feature for Pro and Enterprise editions. Same here on Windows 10, if you are running on Windows 10 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can try it out.

Hyper-V allows you to create multiple Virtual Machines (VMs)  depending on the memory capacity available on your PC. There are some situations that you might need help from VM such as:

  • You want to run older legacy software that works only on Windows XP.
  • You want to test newer Insider builds without messing with your Windows 10 production.

How to Enable Hyper-V on Your PC?

Hyper-V does available on the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. However, you might can’t find that on your Program list by default. It is available as a Windows feature that you need to activate first before using it.

To activate the Hyper-V feature on your Windows 10 PC:

  • On your keyboard press Win+X, and you will see a menu pop up from the start menu.
  • Select Programs and features
  • Click on the Turn Windows features on or off on the left of the window.
  • Check on both sub-features of the Hyper-V feature available on the list.
  • Click OK, and wait a few minutes until it finishes the installation.
  • Finally, you need to restart your PC to fully finish the installation process.

Turning On/Off Hyper-V Feature on Windows 10

After you restarted your PC, you will see Hyper-V Manager under Windows Administrative Tool on the start menu.

Hyper-V Manager on Windows 10

If you can find your Computer Name listed down under the Hyper-V Manager tree, it means that the Hyper-V is fully enabled and working fine on your Windows 10 PC.