Q: How do I install Client Hyper-V on my Windows 8 desktop?

A: If your client machine has a 64-bit processor that supports hardware virtualization and secondary level address translation (SLAT), then Client Hyper-V can be installed.

The installation is a simple process, as Hyper-V is just a feature of Windows 8 client.

  1. Open the Control Panel (Open Explorer, select your computer, then on the computer ribbon select Control Panel) (Figure 1).
    Figure 1: win8explorecontrolpanel

  2. Select the Programs and Features control panel applet.
  3. Select the Turn Windows features on or off action (Figure 2).
    Figure 2: win8netfram350

  4. Select Hyper-V, which allows granular decisions about whether only the Hyper-V platform and/or the Hyper-V management tools should be installed. Click OK. (Figure 3)
    [Figure 3: win8hypervenable

  5. The machine will need to reboot, then Hyper-V will be available on the client.

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