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Microsoft Client Hyper-V is a Type-1 Hypervisor that runs on Windows 8.x and Windows 10 operating systems. This Hypervisor enables multiple operating systems(OS) to run within a virtual machine(VM) at one time.
The Microsoft Hyper-V Client download became available alongside the release of Windows 8, replacing the Type-2 Hypervisor Windows Virtual PC. Now, in the latest versions of Windows, Hyper-V client is not an option. So you can easily work with Microsoft Hyper-V in an ordinary version. But in this article, we would like to cover the issue with Microsoft Hyper-V Client for Windows 8 and 10 64-bit editions.
The Microsoft Hyper-V Manager Client also provides users the ability to test software on multiple operating systems. This is possible because users can create separate VMs for each operating system needed.
Users should be aware that Client Hyper-V has limitations when compared to its Client Hyper-V Microsoft server version. For example, Client Hyper-V lacks support for Hyper-V Replica, VM Live Migration, Virtual Fibre Channel, RemoteFX capability, and SR IOV.
Please note: Client Hyper-V is only available for 64-bit versions of Windows 8.x, 10, Pro, and Enterprise.
There is a surprising variety of uses for client virtualization. While the system resources aren’t as plentiful as they are on a server, some of these cases justify using them to create a virtual environment running on your machine.
When developing software, it can be launched in a safe sandbox environment, reducing the risks for the host computer. Windows 10 client Hyper-V also grants easy access to other operating systems without the need for an additional machine.
A system administrator can sign in from multiple different accounts to run software with different privileges. Also, a user-level account will let them quickly test the system for general user accessibility.
Virtual machines provide a safe sandbox environment to examine viruses and look for vulnerabilities in a security system. Of course, precautions must still be taken, such as making the virtual hard drive file read-only.
Older Windows versions
Hyper-V can properly run several previous versions, even though the list doesn’t include Windows XP.
VMs may be necessary to create specific conditions, such as a system of connected computers, which will properly show off the capabilities of your software when presenting it to an audience.
The Client Hyper-V Windows 10 always runs by default, and can’t be started or stopped. However, it can be interacted with through the use of several tools. VMMS.exe (the Virtual Machine Management Service) needs to be running for this to work. All the following tools are built into Windows and don’t need to be installed.
PowerShell: You can get a list of Hyper-V-related commands by using “Get-Command -Module hyper-v”. PowerShell needs to be launched with administrator rights. If you use VM commands without the rights, you won’t be warned, it will just produce blank output. You may want to create a shortcut if you use it frequently, and you likely will.
Hyper-V Manager: A GUI tool with less flexibility but a lot more convenience. Most basic operations and necessary data are available here. Once again, administrator rights are a must, and pinning it is a good idea due to the app being located under Administrative Tools.
VMConnect: A way to interact with the virtual machine, accessible from the Hyper-V Manager or the command prompt. Learning the key combinations is useful, since it has specific controls for Ctrl-Alt-Del, checkpoint creation, and, especially important, the combination to return control to the host machine.