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Hyper-V running Windows 10, version 22H2
Developer(s)Microsoft Corporation
Host platformWindows (x64/ARM64)
Guest platformx86/x64/ARM64 (virtualized)
Initial release version6.0.6001.18000 (2008-02-27)
Initial release date
Latest release version10.0.22621.1 (2022-09-20)
Latest preview version
Latest release date

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. The Hyper-V Manager is a MMC snap-in.

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

Although Hyper-V is not intended for the consumer editions, the hypervisor can be unofficially installed on the Core/Home SKUs with the use of a batch file which facilitates the use of DISM for feature installation. Unlike Virtual PC, Hyper-V is a "level 1 hypervisor" and therefore was unable to coexist with VirtualBox or VMware, which both are "level 2 hypervisors", until the release of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, which implemented support for the Windows Hypervisor Platform,[1] allowing third-party virtualization software like VMware or VirtualBox to run and manage virtual machines side-by-side with the Hyper-V hypervisor.[2][3]

Supported guest operating systems[edit | edit source]

A list of officially supported OSes that can run on Hyper-V in Windows 11.[4][5]

Deprecated operating systems[edit | edit source]

The following operating systems are supported on older versions of Hyper-V on older host Windows systems, but aren't supported in the latest Windows 11 version of Hyper-V.[6][7]

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