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How to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

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Introduction

This guide demos 3 methods to enable Hyper-V in Windows 10.

To install Hyper-V your PC must meet certain requirements:

Your Windows 10 edition must be Enterprise, Pro or Education. Windows Home, Mobile or Mobile Enterprise do not support Hyper-V feature.

The PC must also meet the following hardware requirements:

  • 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • CPU MUST support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-c on Intel CPU’s)
  • Minimum of 4 GB memory. Should be higher depending on the number of VMs you intend to run concurrently.

Finally, you need to enable Virtualization technology on the computer BIOS.

For a full list of all the requirements visit this link – Windows 10 Hyper-V System Requirements.

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Options to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10

Here are the high-level methods disused in this guide (Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with):

  • Turn Windows Feature on or Off
  • DISM /Enable-Feature Command
  • PowerShell Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature Cmdlet

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Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with Turn Windows Feature on or Off

How to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 (3 Methods)

To use this method, here are the steps below:

  • Press Windows logo + R key to open Run command.
Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with Turn Windows Feature on or Off
  • At Run command, type control panel. Then press OK.
  • When Control Panel opens, click Programs.
hyper-v windows 10
  • Then click Turn Windows Feature on or Off.
hyper-v windows 10
  • Finally, to enable Hyper-V in Turn Windows feature on or off, check the box beside Hyper-V. Then click OK.
  • The feature will begin install…
  • Then you will be required to restart your PC to complete the installation. Click Restart now.

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Enable Hyper-V with DISM /Enable-Feature Command


You can also enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with DISM.

Here are the detailed steps:

  • Type cmd in search bar. Then right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with DISM /Enable-Feature Command
  • If you receive User Account Control prompt, click Yes.
Enable Hyper-V with DISM /Enable-Feature Command
  • At command prompt, type this command. Then press enter.
Dism /online /Get-Features | find "Microsoft-Hyper-V"

The command lists all available Hyper-V features…

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with DISM /Enable-Feature Command
  • To install all Hyper-V in Windows 10 (all features), type the command below. Then press enter.
Dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V-All
  • The feature will initiate install. Then prompt for a restart. Type Y and press enter.
Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10 with DISM /Enable-Feature Command

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Enable Hyper-V with PowerShell Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature Cmdlet

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Here are the steps for this method:

  • Search PowerShell. Then right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as Administrator.
Enable Hyper-V with PowerShell Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature Cmdlet
  • At powershell command prompt, to list available Hyper-V features, type the command below. Then press enter.
Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online | Where-Object {$_.FeatureName -like "Hyper-V"}

The command lists all available Hyper-V features…

Enable Hyper-V with PowerShell Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature Cmdlet
  • To enable all Hyper-V features, type this command. Then press enter.
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All
  • The command will install the features. Then prompt for a restart. Type Y. Then press enter.

Conclusion

Those are the 3 methods to enable Hyper-V features in Windows 10. Each method requires a restart before the feature is fully installed.

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