How to enable Hyper-V in Windows 8/8.1 professional –
- Control Panel
- Program and Features
- Add/Remove Features
- Check Hyper-V and Reboot
From Microsoft –
Client Hyper-V can be used in many ways, for example:
- You can create your own testing environment with a single machine. ITPros and developers can you can create an entire infrastructure, hosted entirely on a laptop or desktop computer. Then, when everything is working correctly, you can export the virtual machines and run them on server running Hyper-V.
- Developers can also use Client Hyper-V to test their software on multiple operating systems. For example, if you have an application that you must test on the Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux operating systems, you can create three separate virtual machines right on your development computer.
- You can use Client Hyper-V to troubleshoot. You can export a virtual machine from your production environment, open it on your desktop with Client Hyper-V, perform your required troubleshooting, and then export it back into the production environment. Using virtual networking, you can create a multi-machine environment for test/development/demonstration that is secure from affecting the production network.
- Enthusiasts can use it to experiment with other operating systems. Hyper-V makes it very easy to bring up and tear down different operating systems.
- You can use Hyper-V on a laptop for demonstrating older versions of Windows or non-Windows operating systems.