ITproportal has put together a quick brief guide for enabling Hyper-V in Windows 8.

This will show you how to enable Hyper-V virtualization in the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

This tweak is not on by default in the Windows 8 Developer Preview so this should be helpful for you if you’re interested in checking out Hyper-V on Windows 8.

Hyper-V allows a regular user to create a virtual machine, running and feeding on the same resources of the main PC.

It is widely used amongst hard-core servers, where units capable of literally handling tons of data are divided into less capable machines.

Although it exists in both 32-bit and 64-bit clients, it only works for the 64-bit version at the moment.

This is how you enable it:

  1. Simultaneously press the Windows + R buttons from the keyboard, to open the Run menu.
  2. In the Run window, simply type “appwiz.cpl” and press the Enter key. This will make the Programs and Features window open.
  3. In the right sidebar there should be text link saying “Turn Windows features on or off”. Click it and the Windows Features window will appear.
  4. Scroll to the top of the list and tick the checkbox from the right of “Hyper-V”. You will have to wait for a couple of seconds until the system adds the new feature.
  5. Now, return to the classic Metro UI by clicking on the Start button from the taskbar (or by hitting the Windows key).
  6. A window like below will appear and that’s it.
Hyper-V in Windows 8

Hyper-V in Windows 8

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In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. Is it possible to create virtual machines?

  2. It says it only works for the 64-bit version at the moment.What’s the solution for 32-bit Win8RP that freezes randomly?
    Is MS releasing a FIX?

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