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Did you know that Windows 10 has an integrated tool for creating virtual machines? Microsoft Hyper-V is a Windows native hypervisor. You can use Hyper-V to create virtual machines on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education 64-bit editions, all without installing any third-party software.
Here’s how you create a virtual machine in Windows 10 using Hyper-V.
What Is Hyper-V?
Hyper-V was originally a Windows Server-only feature. However, it made the jump to Windows 10, bringing an integrated hypervisor to the Windows desktop. Hyper-V is only available on 64-bit versions of Windows. Furthermore, Hyper-V is not available on the Windows 10 Home edition (at least, not out of the box).
Hyper-V - Machine - Environment - Machine - System
Hyper-V runs each virtual machine in an isolated environment. You can run more than one Hyper-V virtual machine concurrently, so long as your system hardware can cope with the demands. In that, you should check your system requirements before continuing with the tutorial.
You need at least 2GB RAM, if not more. Your CPU must support virtualization using either Intel VT-x or AMD-V. Unsure how to find that out?
Right-click - Taskbar - Task - Manager - Performance
Right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager. Open the Performance tab. Under the graph, check the Virtualization status.
If it says Enabled, it means virtualization is currently switched on in your BIOS.
BIOS - Virtualization - Option
If it says disabled, you need to head to your BIOS and turn on the virtualization option.
However, if you do not see the option, it means your CPU does not support virtualization.
CPU - Virtualization - Hyper-V
After turning on CPU virtualization, you need to install Hyper-V.
The easiest way to make sure Hyper-V installs correctly is using PowerShell. (What’s the difference between PowerShell and the Command Prompt?) There is also an option to install Hyper-V using Windows Features, but this doesn’t always work properly.
Type - Powershell - Start - Menu - Search
Type powershell in your Start Menu search bar, right-click the Best Match and select Run as Administrator. Now, input the following...
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