Virtualisation has been around in Microsoft's clients since 2008. With Windows 8 covering tracks fast and approaching its stable 2012 release date, developers have embedded this feature by default. Unfortunately, because Windows 8 is currently in a pre-beta version (for developers to preview), the tweak is automatically turned off. So, today, we are going to show you how to enable or rather say install the Hyper-V Virtualisation feature on a regular computer, running on pure Windows 8 developer preview elixir.
For those not familiar with the Hyper-V, it is a concept that allows a regular user to create a virtual machine, running and feeding on the same resources of the main PC. It is widely used amongst hard-core servers, where units capable of literally handling tons of data are divided into less capable machines. Some of the best sources that stand as an example are hosting companies and advanced users, which cannot sleep until they have seen Unix, Mac and Windows interfaces in the same day.
As you may remember, we've used 3rd party applications that do the same job to install Win 8 on a virtual machine. There is a wide array of apps that can handle this task pretty smooth but, for those that wanting to use the built-in program of Windows 8, this is the place.
First of all, the Hyper-V client is by default turned off. Although it exists in both 32-bit and 64-bit clients, it only works for the 64-bit version at the moment. Microsoft will surely fix this but, until it does, you will just have to wait. To enable it, this is what you should do:
1.Simultaneously press the Windows + R buttons from the keyboard, to open the Run menu.
2.In the Run window, simply type "appwiz.cpl" and press the Enter key. This will make the Programs and Features window open.
3.In the right sidebar there should be text link saying "Turn Windows features on or off". Click it and the Windows Features window will appear.
4.Scroll to the top of the list and tick the checkbox from the right of "Hyper-V". You will have to wait for a couple of seconds until the system adds the new feature.
5.Now, return to the classic Metro UI by clicking on the Start button from the taskbar (or by hitting the Windows key).
6.A window like below will appear and that's it.
The Virtualisation option runs pretty good and Microsoft has provided a basic, easy to use interface that will help you create a virtual machine. Just follow the prompts and you will reach the destination shortly. As a piece of advice, you may encounter some bugs along the way. Remember that this option is still in testing and if you want something solid until the final Windows 8 version appears, go for a standalone application.