8.1 Enabling Hyper V In Windows 8
Hyper V, Microsoft's virtual machine software has, for
the first time, been incorporated in the Windows Client
software. Prior to Windows 8 Hyper V had been packages only
with the Windows Server versions.
To utilize Hyper V your system must support 64 Bit Second
Level Address technology. Fortunately, current versions of
Intel and AMD processors support this form of technology. As
well as your processor supporting SLAT you are also going to
need a minimum of 4GB of Random Access Memory (RAM).
This allows for a minimum of 1GB of RAM allocation per
virtual machine. With this configuration it is possible to
run 3 virtual machines. The guest operating system, i.e.,
Windows 8 would also be running on 1 GB of RAM. Further
virtual machines will, of course, require more RAM.
While Microsoft insist that 4GB of RAM is the minimum, we
can say that, we have successfully run a virtual machine
with a minimum of 3GB system RAM.
HHyper V isn't enabled by default so, if you want to try
it out, the first thing you need to do is enable it. To do
that follow the instructions below:
- On the Metro screen touch the Control Panel App. When the
Control Panel opens scroll down the list of options until
you come to More Setting. Click on More Settings and Control
Panel will open.
Fig: 8-1-1 Control Panel Window
- In the Control Panel Window, Click on the Program and
Fig: 8-1-2 Click the Program and Features to make the
- In the Program and Features Window look to the left of
the Window and under Control Panel Home you will see an
option marked Turn Windows Features On or Off. Click on the
Turn Windows Features On or Off to open up the next window.
Fig: 8-1-3 On the Control Panel Home pane you will see
the Turn Windows Features On and Off option
- The Windows Feature window will now appear. Look down the
list of options and place a Check Mark (Tick) next to the
Hyper V option. Next Click the OK Button.
Fig: 8-1-4 Enable the Hyper V option by placing a check
mark in the box to the left of the Hyper V option
- An Applying changes to features box will now appear.
Fig: 8-1-5 The Progress bar shows that changes are being
- Once the changes have been
implemented you will see a window which states that
Windows successfully completed the requested change. At this
point you will need to Restart
your PC. Click the Restart Now button to continue.
Fig: 8-1-6 Once the changes have been made, Restart your
- After your PC has
Restarted you should find an Hyper V Manager Application
icon on the Metro GUI.
Fig: 8-1-7 The Hyper V Manager is your starting point for
creating a new Virtual Machine
- You can begin to create a new Virtual Machine from the
Hyper V Manager GUI.