The Hyper-V® virtualization technology is built into some versions of the Windows® 8.1 operating system, but needs to be enabled before it can be used.
- The Windows 8 Pro (or higher) version operating system is required to use the Hyper-V feature.
- The Hyper-V feature will only work if the processor supports it. Otherwise, a message will appear stating that the feature is not supported.
Follow the steps below to enable and use the Hyper-V feature.
- Confirm that the processor shipped with the computer supports the Intel® Virtualization Technology feature.
- Access the BIOS and enable the Intel® Virtualization Technology feature .
- Exit from BIOS and allow the computer to start into Windows normally.
- Point to (but do not click) the lower-right or top-right corner of the screen, and then click to select the Settings charm.
NOTE: The Windows Logo + I key combination will also take you to the Settings screen.
- In the Settings screen, in the lower-right corner, click Change PC settings.
- In the PC Settings screen, click Update and recovery.
- In the Update and recovery screen, click Recovery.
- In the Recovery screen, under Advanced start-up, click the Restart now button.
- In the Choose an option screen, click Turn off your PC.
- Once the computer has been completely off for at least 5 seconds, press the power button once to turn on the computer.
- Once the computer as completely started into Windows, point to (but do not click) the lower-right or top-right corner of the screen, and then click to select the Search charm.
NOTE: The Windows Logo + W key combination will also take you to the Search screen.
- In the Search screen, in the Search field, type Turn Windows features on or off and then press the Enter key.
- In the Windows Features screen, click to place a check in the box next to Hyper V, and then click the OK button.