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 Into the Windows operating system, however not all computers can run Hyper-V. So how do you know If your PC Is supported? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to check If your device can run It, by using a couple of native Windows tools.
So what exactly Is a virtual machine, and what's It's purpose? The simplest way I can explain It, Is that It's a virtual desktop computer Inside your physical desktop computer. It's Installed just like any other application, by simply executing It and following the prompts until completion. Once launched, you have a virtual machine sitting on your PC.
In terms of It's purpose, It's beyond the scope of this article to name each and every usage. A lot of users, myself Inclusive, utilize It to test operating systems & applications. Essentially, If there's a virus In an application, It will remain Inside the virtual machine's Isolated environment, without affecting the physical machine.
Whilst other VMs, such as VMware Workstation and VirtualBox, can run on the majority of modern PCs, It's not the same with Hyper-V. Your CPU must support SLAT (Second Level Address Translation). For a list of requirements, please refer to this article. Also, In terms of Windows 10, Hyper-V Is only native to the Pro, Enterprise and Education editions.
I will demonstrate how to check whether your computer can run Hyper-V, by using the System Information Utility, and the Command Prompt. Both serve the same purpose and the process Is extremely simple, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:Firstly, I will use the System Information Utility. To access It, start off by entering msinfo In the Windows 10 Search box, and then click System Information as shown below.
Step Two:The System Information Utility will now launch, so on the left pane, click on System Summary. Then to the right of that, scroll down toward the bottom of the entries. If you see Hyper-V, with Yes next to each entry, then your computer can run It.
Step Three:Now we'll use the Command Prompt. Open the Run menu, enter cmd and then hit OK.
Step Four:The Command Prompt will execute, so type systeminfo, and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
Step Five:It will now load the Hyper-V Information, so be patient whilst It performs Its task. The process should only take around 10 seconds or so.
Last Step:Similar to the System Information Utility In Step Two above, If you see Yes next to Hyper-V Requirements, then you know that your PC can definitely run the virtual machine.
Final Thoughts:It really doesn't get much easier than this, does It? There are a number of third-party tools that do the same job, If not better, but there's no need to download and Install anything when you have the tools readily available within Windows Itself.
If you'd like to know how to get Hyper-V fully up and running, refer to my In depth tutorials located here and also here.