Hyper-V is a built-in virtualization technology in Windows 10 that allows you to create and manage virtual machines. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to enable Hyper-V in Windows 10.
Before you can enable Hyper-V in Windows 10, you need to ensure that your computer meets the following requirements:
- 64-bit version of Windows 10
- A processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
- BIOS-level Hardware Virtualization support
- At least 4 GB of RAM
Step 1: Check if your processor supports SLAT
In order to use Hyper-V, your processor must support Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). To check if your processor supports SLAT, open a Command Prompt window with administrative privileges by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin).
Once the Command Prompt window is open, run the following command:
Look for the Hyper-V Requirements section in the output. If you see Yes next to Second Level Address Translation, your processor supports SLAT.
Step 2: Enable Hardware Virtualization in BIOS/UEFI
Make sure that hardware virtualization is enabled in your computer’s BIOS/UEFI settings. The process to enable hardware virtualization varies between different computer manufacturers and models. You may need to consult your computer’s documentation or manufacturer’s website for specific instructions.
Step 3: Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10
Now that your computer meets the prerequisites, you can enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 by following the steps below:
- Press Windows key + X and select Apps and Features from the menu.
- Click on the Programs and Features link in the right pane.
- Click on the Turn Windows features on or off link in the left pane.
- In the Windows Features dialog, scroll down and find the Hyper-V option.
- Check the box next to Hyper-V to enable it.
- Click OK to save your changes and start the installation process.
- Once the installation is complete, you’ll need to restart your computer.
After your computer restarts, Hyper-V is enabled, and you can start creating and managing virtual machines using the Hyper-V Manager.
In this blog post, we’ve covered how to enable Hyper-V in Windows 10. Remember to check if your processor supports SLAT and ensure hardware virtualization is enabled in your BIOS/UEFI settings before enabling Hyper-V. With Hyper-V enabled, you can now explore the world of virtualization and create your own virtual machines for testing, development, or learning purposes.