Run virtual machines on Windows 8 with Client Hyper‑V
Whether you're a software developer, IT administrator, or simply an enthusiast, you might want to run multiple operating systems on a single PC.
Windows 8 includes Hyper‑V, the same machine virtualization technology that is part of Windows Server. Hyper‑V lets you run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same PC, by running them inside a virtual machine. Hyper‑V replaces Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7, but doesn't include Windows XP Mode.
To enable Hyper‑V on Windows 8
- In Control Panel, tap or click Programs, and then tap or click Programs and Features.
- Tap or click Turn Windows Features on or off.
- Select Hyper‑V, tap or click OK, and then tap or click Close.
- Shut down your PC, and then restart it.Depending on your manufacturer, you might have to pause a few seconds with the PC off before restarting for the required changes to take effect. If you're using a laptop, you might have to remove the battery before restarting.