Hyper-V Virtual Machine Quick Create in Windows 10 Creators Update

There will be a faster way to create a new Virtual Machine in Hyper-V when the next feature update for Windows 10 is released this April.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

January 24, 2017

1 Min Read
Hyper-V Virtual Machine Quick Create in Windows 10 Creators Update

Many of you are aware that Microsoft is working on the next major feature update to Windows 10, known as the Creators Update, and it is expected to be released this April.

While it seems many of the features are consumer related, I have written in the past about the enterprise/business updates that will be included in the update as well around security and other business related enhancements.

In the latest testing builds released to Windows Insiders, there has been a small tweak made to the Hyper-V Manager in Windows 10 that will make creating a new Virtual Machine very quick and easy.

The feature, called Quick Create, will use just a few pieces of information to give you a new Virtual Machine that is ready to go.

According to Microsoft's Sarah Cooley from the Virtualization Team, this Quick Create option will use these default settings:

  • Generation: 2

  • StartupRAM: 1024 MB

  • DynamicRAM: Enabled

  • Virtual Processors: 1

To use this new feature just open Hyper-V Manager and look for Quick Create under the Actions column:

On the next screen just give your new Virtual Machine a name; designate an ISO image for the OS install, and choose your network connection.

Once you click Create Virtual Machineon the dialog above, you will get this results screen with an option to connect to this new VM or further tweak the settings before you continue.

If you would like to see different defaults for this feature just visit the Microsoft Virtualization blog and let them know what you would like to see in future updates.


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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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