How to create a Hyper-V instance in Windows 10

It is possible to create a virtual machine in Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, but you must first activate and install Hyper-V, which is not as simple as it seems.

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Whether virtual machines reside in the cloud or as part of a local network, virtual machines often play a vital role in the strategic and practical application of enterprise IT infrastructure. Depending on your configuration, virtual machines can be used to test and run applications, databases, storage systems, IoT controllers, operating systems and a number of other functions.

It is possible to create a virtual machine in Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, using nothing but integrated tools and your personal computer. You can use this personal VM to run an alternative operating system such as Linux, for example. A VM of this type opens access to new applications and new experiences; however, the key component, called Hyper-V, is not installed by default. Then, first we will have to activate Hyper-V.

This tutorial shows you how to activate Hyper-V in Windows 10 Pro and then how to use it to create a VM on your personal computer.

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How to create a Hyper-V instance in Windows 10 [19659012] In Windows 10 Pro, Hyper-V is in the Windows feature list, which is buried in the standard Windows control panel. The fastest way to get there is to type "Windows Features" in the desktop search box and choose to enable or disable Windows features.

When clicking on the correct item in the results, you should see a screen similar to Figure A .
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Figure A

Click the plus sign next to the Hyper-V entry to expand the list of its features. As you can see in Figure B Hyper-V is more than just an application. Click on the box next to the Hyper-V entry and all subcomponents should be automatically added to the list of installed features.

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Click OK and then restart your PC to finish the installation process. It may take more than a few minutes.

When the restart is complete, you must have access to the Hyper-V Quick Create application, which is found on the Start menu in Windows Administrative Tools.

If enough has happened to allow your system to reindend your applications, you can type "hyper-v quick creation" in the desktop search box to find the tool.

When you start the Hyper-V quick creation application ( Figure C ), you will have to make several decisions.

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The first available instance is MSIX Packaging Tool Environment, which has a specific use that most of us do not need. The next two available instances are versions of Ubuntu Linux, and the last available instance is for a development version of Windows 10. For example, choose Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. Click on the Create virtual machine button to start.

This process will also take several minutes to complete, depending on your broadband connection, processing power, etc. This version of Ubuntu requires a 1.6 GB download.

After the VM is downloaded and installed, you will see the dialog screen shown in Figure D . From here you can click Connect to start your VM with the default settings or click Edit settings to see the default values ​​and make changes.

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For exploration purposes, we will choose to edit the configuration, which shows the Hyper-V administration console ( Figure E ).

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From the Hyper-V administration console, you can add a network adapter to your VM so that you can access other computers on the network or change the default amount of RAM from 2 GB to 4 GB or more. You can even increase the default CPU number from four to eight.

You can also create a control point for your VM, which functions as the Windows 10 restore point. In other words, you can use the control point as an alternative VM instance: a pristine point to which you can always return .

Once you are satisfied with your VM settings, click OK and then click Connect and then Start. You will go through some configuration questions, but you will eventually have access to a complete virtual machine ( Figure F ).

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To exit the VM, go to the File menu and select Exit from the drop-down menu. To reconnect your VM, load Hyper-V Manager ( Figure G ) from the Start menu in Windows Administrative Tools and connect to the appropriate instance.

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You can also use Hyper-V Manager to turn off your VM and change the settings.

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