Hyper-V can only be installed on Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions. If you have Windows 10 Home, you won't be able to use Hyper-V and need to use a third-party application instead. You will need at least 4 GB of RAM and a 64-bit processor to run a Hyper-V virtual machine.
- Open the Start Menu, search for
Apps and Features, then select it.
- Scroll until you see Programs and Features under Related Settings.
- On the left-hand menu, choose Turn Windows Features on or off.
- Check the box for Hyper-V then click OK.
- Restart your machine.
Creating a virtual machine in Hyper-V is thankfully rather straightforward.
- Launch Hyper-V.
- Select the operating system you want to run from the list. You can also choose the option to use a local installation source to use a custom OS file.
- Choose Create Virtual Machine.
If you can't make use of Hyper-V, you can always try third-party VM software. Here are a few popular applications to consider in your research.
Not every project is going to go smoothly. Here are a few common issues and what you can do to start troubleshooting them.
Make sure you have enough available space on your actual hard drive to make room for the virtual one. If you don't have enough space, you won't be able to create or run the VM.
Make sure your computer meets all of the necessary requirements to run the VM software. You can verify the Hyper-V requirements in more detail on the Microsoft website.
Custom image issues
If you’re using a custom image and having issues, try redownloading the file. It may be helpful to test it on third-party VM software to make sure the issue isn’t isolated to the operating system file.
Windows 10 is the latest operating system to come from Microsoft. Windows 10 is compatible with a wide selection of hardware and can even be installed on custom-built machines.