How to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11

Let’s learn how to enable Hyper-V in Windows 11. Hyper-V specifically provides hardware virtualization. That means each virtual machine runs on virtual hardware. It lets you create virtual hard drives, virtual switches, and many other virtual devices, all of which can be added to virtual machines. Hyper-V is built into Windows as an optional feature, and It is not preinstalled.

Being an IT professional, or a technology enthusiast, many of you need to run multiple operating systems. Hyper-V lets you run multiple operating systems as virtual machines on Windows. It’s recommended to check Hyper-V’s system requirements before proceeding. Hyper-V can be enabled in many ways, including using the control panel, PowerShell, command prompt, or Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management tool (DISM).

Enable Hyper-V in Windows Features

Let’s follow the steps to turn on the Hyper-V feature from Control Panel –

In Windows 11 device, Open Control Panel, and click on the Programs and Features. Click on the Turn Windows features on or off.

You must be logged in as an Administrator on the computer.

Turn Windows features on or off - Windows 11
Turn Windows features on or off – Windows 11

On Windows features, Select Hyper-V, Hyper-V Management Tools, and the Hyper-V Platform check box and click OK.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11
Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11

Once completed, Please wait. Windows Features started searching and installing the required components.

Windows Features - Installing | Windows 11
Windows Features – Installing | Windows 11

When the installation has been completed, you are prompted to restart your computer.

Windows Features - Restart now | Windows 11
Windows Features – Restart now | Windows 11

Enable Hyper-V using PowerShell in Windows 11

Let’s check how to enable Hyper-V using PowerShell

  • Open Powershell as administrator.
  • Type the following command to Enable Hyper-V and press Enter.
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

Note – When the installation has been completed, you need to restart your computer to apply the changes.

Hyper-V Feature Installation - PowerShell
Hyper-V Feature Installation – PowerShell

Enable Hyper-V using DISM in Windows 11

The Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) helps configure Windows and Windows images. DISM can enable Windows features while the operating system is running.

  • To enable the Hyper-V role using DISM, Open PowerShell, or Command prompt as Administrator.
  • Type the following command and press Enter.
DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V

Note – When the installation has been completed, you need to restart your computer to apply the changes.

Hyper-V Feature Installation - DISM Command
Hyper-V Feature Installation – DISM Command

Results

After successful installation, the Hyper-V is available for users to run virtual machines on Windows 11. Open Hyper-V Manager from the Start menu.

Hyper-V Manager | Windows 11
Hyper-V Manager | Windows 11

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