Monday, September 15, 2014

How To Enable Hyper-V In Windows 8.1

The usefulness of Hyper-V in Windows operating system cannot be overemphasized. Most computers(modern computers usually come with Hyper-V) which have virtualization capability due their hardware configurations fall into this group. That means you can perform the process of creating a virtual machine for use as a real system within the same Windows operating system easily.

Image showing a virtualized machine

To set up a Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 you must make sure your system meet the requirements to do that. You need to press the Windows + R key to open the Run dialog and type msinfo32 into it and click OK. After that, scroll down to the last part under System Summary information displayed to the right-hand side of the box and look for Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extension (SLAT) to make sure it is enabled or else you would have to do that at the BIOS Settings. 

To enable your Windows system virtualization follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Red arrow pointing to Restart now button to prepare BIOS access in Windows 8.1

STEP 1: Enter  your BIOS Settings. On how to access your BIOS Settings in Windows 8.1 visit this link . 

Image of red arrow pointing to where to enable Hyper-V at the BIOS

STEP 2: At your BIOS Settings,  click on the 'Advanced' tab and set 'Virtualization Technology' to 'Enabled'. Press F10 key to save changes.

Image showing Windows + R key

STEP 3: Press Windows + R key to open 'Run' dialog.

Red arrows pointing to processes

STEP 4: Type or copy and paste  control appwiz.cpl into 'Run' dialog and click on 'OK' to continue.

Image of red arrow pointing to Turn Windows feature on or off

STEP 5: Click on 'Turn Windows features on or off ' to the left-hand side of the 'Uninstall or change a program' of your 'Control Panel'.

Red arrow pointing to the box beside Hyper-V

STEP 6: Select the little box by the side of  'Hyper-V'  and click on 'OK' 

Image showing red pointing to Restart now button

STEP 7:  Next  click on 'Restart now' to restart your system.