How To Enable Hyper-V In Windows 10

Want to install and run Linux or an earlier version of Windows operating system in a virtual machine on your Windows 10 computer? You will be glad to know that you don’t need a third-party virtualization software (like the VirtualBox) to install and run Linux and Windows on Windows 10.

The built-in Hyper-V tool in Windows 10 lets you create and run virtual machines. It supports all releases of Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows operating system.

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IMPORTANT: Hyper-V is not part of the Windows 10 Home edition. It’s available only in Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. Also, Hyper-V does not support 32-bit Windows 10, even if you are running Enterprise, Education or Pro.

Hyper-V requirements

1. Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition

2. 4 GB or more RAM

3. 64-bit processor with SLAT

4. CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT -c on Intel CPUs)

Check if your PC supports Hyper-V

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt. Type Systeminfo and then hit the Enter key.

Step 2: Navigate to the Hyper-v Requirements section to know if all features required for Hyper-V are turned on.

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While the Hyper-V is a built-in feature, it’s not enabled by default. You need to enable the Hyper-V feature to be able to use it.

Windows 10 offers multiple ways to enable the Hyper-V feature. You can enable it via Control Panel, PowerShell or DISM.

Complete the given below directions to enable the Hyper-V in Windows 10.

Method 1 of 3

Enable Hyper-V via Control Panel

Step 1: Type appwiz.cpl in the Start/taskbar search box and then hit the Enter key to open Programs and Features window.

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Step 2: On the left pane of the window, click the Turn Windows features on or off link. Clicking the link will open Windows features window.

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Step 3: Here, locate the Hyper-V entry. Select the checkbox next to the entry and then click the OK button.

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You might be asked to restart your computer to complete the installation.

Method 2 of 3

Enable Hyper-V via PowerShell

Step 1: Open the PowerShell as an administrator. To do so, right-click on the Start button, and click Windows PowerShell (admin).

Click on the Yes button when you get the User Account Control prompt.

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Step 2: At the PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

Press the Enter key to run the command.

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Once the installation is completed, restart your computer.

Method 3 of 3

Enable Hyper-V via Command Prompt and DISM

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Copy and paste the following command at the Command Prompt window and hit the Enter key:

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V

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