ITproportal has put together a quick brief guide for enabling Hyper-V in Windows 8. This will show you how to enable Hyper-V virtualization in the Windows 8 Developer Preview. This tweak is not on by default in the Windows 8 Developer Preview so this should be helpful for you if you’re interested in checking out Hyper-V on Windows 8. Hyper-V allows a regular user to create a virtual machine, running and feeding on the same resources of the main PC. It is widely used amongst hard-core servers, where units capable of literally handling tons of data are divided into less capable machines. Although it exists in both 32-bit and 64-bit clients, it only works for the 64-bit version at the moment. This is how you enable it:
- Simultaneously press the Windows + R buttons from the keyboard, to open the Run menu.
- In the Run window, simply type “appwiz.cpl” and press the Enter key. This will make the Programs and Features window open.
- In the right sidebar there should be text link saying “Turn Windows features on or off”. Click it and the Windows Features window will appear.
- Scroll to the top of the list and tick the checkbox from the right of “Hyper-V”. You will have to wait for a couple of seconds until the system adds the new feature.
- Now, return to the classic Metro UI by clicking on the Start button from the taskbar (or by hitting the Windows key).
- A window like below will appear and that’s it.