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Hyper-V running Windows 10 build 10565
Developer(s)Microsoft Corporation
Host platformWindows (x64)
Guest platformx86/x64 (virtualized)
Latest version21H1 (2021-05-18)
Released on

Hyper-V is a native 64-bit PC-compatible virtualization application released by Microsoft. Hyper-V succeeded 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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