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Microsoft Client Hyper-V

Contributor(s): Tayla Holman

Microsoft Client Hyper-V is a type-1 hypervisor for the Windows 8.x and Windows 10 operating systems (OSes) that allows users to run multiple operating systems inside a virtual machine (VM).

Microsoft introduced Client Hyper-V in 2012 with the release of Windows 8 as a replacement for the Type-2 hypervisor Windows Virtual PC.

Developers and IT professional can use Client Hyper-V to build a test environment. A developer can create a VM hosted on a laptop and then export it to the Windows Server production environment once it has passed inspection. Client Hyper-V can also be used to test software on multiple OSes by creating separate VMs for each.

When a user enables Client Hyper-V, Hyper-V Manager is also installed. Hyper-V Manager creates and manages VMs; it also has switch capabilities to connect a VM to an external network connection.

There are some limitations to Client Hyper-V as opposed to the server version of Hyper-V. Client Hyper-V does not support Hyper-V Replica, Virtual Fibre Channel, VM live migration, SR-IOV networking or RemoteFX capability.

Client Hyper-V can only be enabled on 64-bit versions of Windows 10, or Windows 8.x Pro or Enterprise editions. For hardware requirements, Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit processor with second-level address translation, the CPU must support VM Monitor Mode Extension and 4 GB of RAM.

This was last updated in October 2015

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