|Host platform||Windows (x64/ARM64)|
|Guest platform||x86/x64/ARM64 (virtualized)|
|Initial release version||6.0.6001.18000 (2008-02-27)|
|Latest release version||10.0.22621.1 (2022-09-20)|
|Latest preview version|
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, allowing third-party virtualization software like VMware or VirtualBox to run and manage virtual machines side-by-side with the Hyper-V hypervisor.
Supported guest operating systems[edit | edit source]
- Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and above
- Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and above
- Most versions of Linux
Deprecated operating systems[edit | edit source]
- Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4 (support removed on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012)
- Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with Service Pack 2 (support removed on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016)
- Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (support removed on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016)
- Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (support removed on Windows 11)
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 (support removed on Windows 11)
- Windows Home Server 2011 (support removed on Windows 11)
- Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 (support removed on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Hyper-V booting Windows 8.1 build 9471
References[edit | edit source]
- Zongmin. VMware Workstation 15.5 Now Supports Host Hyper-V Mode, VMware Workstation Zealot. 28 May 2020.
- Oracle. VirtualBox version 6.0 changelog, Oracle VM VirtualBox documentation. 18 December 2020.