Hyper-V

Hyper-V
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Hyper-V running Windows 10 build 10565
TypeHypervisor
Developer(s)Microsoft Corporation
Host platformWindows (x64)
Guest platformx86/x64 (virtualized)
Latest version10.0.22000.1 (2021-10-05)
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Hyper-V is a native 64-bit PC-compatible virtualization application released by Microsoft, and is the successor to Virtual PC. It was first included with x64 editions of Windows Server 2008, and has been freely available since Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, where it can be installed as an optional component on the Pro version and higher versions.

In certain x86 builds of Windows 8, Hyper-V Manager is present.

Although Hyper-V is not intended for the Home SKUs, it can be installed on Windows 10 Home unofficially using a batch file. Alongside, unlike Virtual PC, Hyper-V is a "level 1 hypervisor" and thus cannot coexist with VirtualBox or VMware, which both are "level 2 hypervisors". However, as of Windows 10, version 1803, Microsoft has added the Windows Hypervisor Platform to Windows, which allows third-party virtualization software like VMware[1] or VirtualBox[2] to run and manage virtual machines on the Hyper-V hypervisor.

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