Hyper-V is a powerful embedded software for Windows virtual machines. Here is a quick and simple guide on how to install Windows 11 on Hyper-V.
Windows Pro and Enterprise editions have built-in virtualization software called Hyper-V. As you know, Hyper-V is quite powerful and easy-to-use software for creating virtual machines, even though it is free. It allows you to configure and use your virtual machine as a physical computer.
It allows you to install and test any supported operating system. For example, you can install Windows 11, Windows 10, any flavor of Linux, etc.
This guide will briefly explain how to install Windows 11 on Hyper-V virtual machine software.
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The following steps work the same for Windows 10 and 11.
To create a Windows 11 virtual machine in Hyper-V, your computer must have certain requirements.
- Your computer must support Secure Boot and TPM v2.
- At least 64 GB of free hard disk space.
- Must be running Windows Pro or Enterprise edition.
- Must be able to allocate at least 4GB of RAM to a Windows 11 virtual machine in Hyper-V. Ideally, the physical computer should have at least 8GB of RAM.
- A DirectX12 or higher graphics card that supports WDDM 2.0 or higher drivers.
- Display resolution of 720p or higher.
- Must already have Windows 11 ISO (How to download Windows 11 ISO).
- Enable Windows Hyper-V.
Install Windows 11 on Hyper-V
To install Windows 11 on Hyper-V virtual machine software.
- Press the ” Start ” key.
- Locate and open ” Hyper-V Manager “.
- Select the host computer in the sidebar.
- Select ” Operation >Create New >Virtual Machine “.
- On the “Before you begin” screen, click ” Next “.
- In the ” Name ” (Name) field, enter a name.
- (Optional) Select the ” Save virtual machine in a different location ” checkbox.
- (Optional) Click the ” Browse ” button.
- (Optional) Select a drive or folder and press the ” Select Folder ” button.
- Press the ” Next ” button.
- Select ” Generation 2 ” and press the “Next” button.
- Set ” Startup memory ” to ” 4096 “. MB or more. Press
- ” Next . Press
- ” Connection ” Select ” Default Switch ” from the drop-down menu. Press
- ” Next . ” click on the “Next .
- Make sure ” Create Virtual Hard Disk ” is selected. Press
- ” Next “.
- Select the radio option ” Install operating system from boot image file “.
- Press the ” Explore ” button.
- Locate and select the Windows 11 ISO file and press ” Open .”
- Click on ” Next “.
- Press ” Finish “.
- Press ” Start ” on the right sidebar.
- Double-click Virtual Machine in the center panel.
- You can proceed with the installation of Windows 11 .
- You have now successfully created a Windows 11 virtual machine in Hyper-V .
First, open Hyper-V. Search for “Hyper-V Manager” in the start menu.
After opening Hyper-V, select the host computer in the sidebar. Next, select the “Action > New > Virtual Machine” option.
This will launch the Virtual Machine Wizard. Click the “Next” button to begin the process.
Enter a name for the virtual machine in the “Name” field. This is the name that will appear in Hyper-V and File Explorer.
(Optional) By default, Hyper-V writes the virtual machine file to the C drive. However, this may reduce the space available for the host OS and applications. Therefore, it is recommended that you choose a different drive. Select the “Save virtual machine to a different location” checkbox.
(Optional) Then click the “Browse” button.
(Optional) Select a drive or folder and click the “Select Folder” button.
Click the “Next” button to continue.
Select the “Generation 2” radio option and click the “Next” button. Selecting this option is required to install Windows 11 on Hyper-V.
Specify at least 4096 MB (4 GB) of memory, select the “Use dynamic memory for this virtual machine” check box, and click the “Next” button.
Select “Default switch” from the “Connection” drop-down menu. This option enables the network connection.
Make sure the “Create virtual hard disk” option is selected and click the “Next” button. Optionally, you can change the size of the hard disk using the “Size” field. Remember that you must allocate at least 64 Gb.Select the
radio option “Install and operating system from bootable image file”. Press the “Browse” button.
Select the Windows 11 ISO file and press “Open”.
Press the “Next” button to continue.
Press the “Finish” button.
Select the virtual machine in the central panel and press “Start” on the right sidebar.
Then double-click the virtual machine in the central panel.
The virtual machine should now be up and running. Follow the on-screen wizard to proceed with the Windows 11 installation.
That’s it. Creating a Windows 11 virtual machine using Hyper-V is very easy.
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