A Virtual Machine Is basically a software program, that's Installed on a physical computer and works off It's hardware for proper functionality. You can Install an operating system on the virtual machine, as well as applications and It will function In It's own Isolated environment- separate from the physical PC It's Installed on. Windows 10 has a native virtual machine named Hyper-V and In this tutorial, I will show you how to enable It with Incredible ease.
Hyper-V Is a hidden virtual machine (commonly abbreviated as VM), within the Windows environment and If you've never heard of It, you'd probably never find It. It's built-In to the Windows operating system, however In terms of Windows 10, It's only available In the Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. If you're running Windows 10 Home, you're out of luck.
This however, Is not the only requirement to run Hyper-V. Your CPU must support SLAT (Second Level Address Translation). For a list of requirements, please refer to this article. I will often be referencing a virtual machine as VM.
A virtual machine has many purposes, such as testing operating systems and applications, and all this Is performed within the VM's environment. Your computer on which the VM Is Installed on, remains untouched. The easiest way I can explain It, Is a virtual desktop computer Inside your physical desktop computer!
In this tutorial, I shall demonstrate how to enable Hyper-V on your physical PC, so It's all up and running In readiness for an operating system to be Installed on It. So without further delay, let's get this happening.
The first thing you need to do, Is access Control Panel. Open the Search bar, enter control panel and click on the result at the top as arrowed.
Next, locate the Programs Item and click on that very link.
To the bottom right of Programs and Features, click on the link named Turn Windows features on or off.
Scroll down until you locate the Hyper-V entries as shown below. Click on each checkbox, and then hit OK to finalize the process.
Windows will now begin to Install Hyper-V, so be patient whilst It performs It's task. It shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes.
For the changes to complete, you will be prompted to reboot your system, so do exactly that by hitting the Restart now button.
Hyper-V will now be Installed. To access It, simply type hyper-v In the Search bar and click on the result returned at the top.
The Hyper-V Manager, will now execute. This Is your new virtual machine, namely Hyper-V. This runs on your computer and once an operating system Is Installed on It, It functions just like a real PC.
To Install an operating system In the virtual machine, click on Action > New > Virtual Machine and follow the prompts.
As you can see In the Image above, there's a range of settings to the right of the Interface, but It's beyond the scope of this article to detail the lot. So too Is a guide on how to configure and Install an operating system on the VM. I have already done this In another post, so use the Search function on this blog by simply entering the keyword of Hyper-V.
Do note that a virtual machine on It's own, Is useless. An operating system must be Installed for It to provide functionality to the end user. It's similar to your physical computer- without a Windows operating system, It serves no purpose whatsoever.