With Windows 8, Microsoft has integrated the robust and well-known Hyper-V feature in the client OS as well. In simple words, Microsoft has introduced this Windows Server OS technology in the recently released Windows 8 client OS as well.
Client Hyper-V is a flexible, robust, and high performance client virtualization technology that allows you run multiple operating system instances simultaneously on their Windows 8 computer. In simple words, if your edition of Windows 8 and PC supports Hyper-V, then you won’t need third-party virtualization solutions such as VMware and VirtualBox to run virtual machines on your Windows 8 PC.
Hyper-V provides an environment that you can use to create and manage virtual machines and their resources. Each virtual machine is an isolated, virtualized computer system that runs its own operating system. This allows you to run multiple operating systems simultaneously.
Hyper-V hardware requirements:
# 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
# A 64-bit version of Windows 8 OS
# 4GB RAM
If you are running a x64 version of Windows 8 and looking forward to enable the Hyper-V feature, here is how to do it:
Step 1: Open Run dialog with the help of Windows + R keys. In the Run dialog box, type appwiz.cpl and hit enter key to launch Programs and Features window.
Step 2: In the left-pane, click on Turn Windows features on or off.
Step 3: Once the Windows Features dialog is opened, select Hyper-V and select the check box. Click Ok button. Windows will start making necessary changes required to enable the feature.
Step 4: After making the necessary changes, you will be asked to reboot the PC. Click on Restart now button to reboot your PC. If you are in the middle of some important work, click Restart later button.
Step 5: After the system reboot, type Hyper-V in Start screen to see the newly enabled feature in Windows 8.