Add Hyper-V to a Windows 8 computer

With Windows 8, Microsoft has added Hyper-V as a client side hypervisor option, thus making it possible to seamlessly move virtual machines from a desktop to a server.  This can be particularly useful for developers that may need to push a virtual machine to production.

First, open the Control Panel.  The easiest way to do this is to move your mouse to the lower left-hand corner of the window and right-click to open the shortcut menu to system tools.  From that menu, choose Control Panel.

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From the Control Panel page, click on Programs.

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Next, click on Programs and Features.

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When the Programs and Features page opens, choose Turn Windows features on or off.

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In the Windows Features window, select the Hyper-V options that you see in the figure below.  If you’re attempting to install Hyper-V to a system that can’t support it, the Hyper-V Platform option will be grayed out and you will not be allowed to install it.  Bear in mind that Hyper-V can only be installed to computers with processors that support Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).

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After a reboot, you will find that the Hyper-V Manager tool is now a part of the Start Screen.

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Once you execute the Hyper-V Manager tool, you can manage virtual machines just like you do on the server side Hyper-V.

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