How To Enable Hyper-V In Windows 11 (Home & Pro)

Hyper-V can be enabled using 3 ways on Windows 11 Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions. However, it needs to be installed using a batch file on the Home and other editions. Learn the methods in this post.

Windows 11 Hyper V Enable

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s proprietary virtualization platform using which you can run other operating systems on top of the Windows OS. In Windows 11, this feature is disabled by default since not everyone needs it. However, you can enable it when required.

Hyper-V comes preinstalled in Windows 11 Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions, and only needs to be enabled. However, in other editions, such as Windows 11 Home, the option to enable Hyper-V is missing.

That said, there is still a method you can install and enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home edition.

In this guide, we are going to show you how to install Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, and then how to enable it successfully. The enablement method is the same for all Windows 11 editions.

Check Hardware Virtualization Compatibility

Not all computer hardware is designed to run hypervisors. Therefore, you must first confirm if your hardware supports it at all. There are four basic requirements for Hyper-V to be installed on a Windows 11 computer:

  • VM Monitor Mode Extensions
  • Virtualization enabled in firmware
  • Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • Data Execution Prevention

All four of these requirements can be easily checked through a Command Prompt cmdlet. Run the following cmdlet in an elevated Command Prompt and obtain the results on the four requirements:

systeminfo

This will generate a list, and you will find the section “Hyper-V Requirements” at the end of the list containing the details of the 4 requirements, as in the image below:

Check Hyper V requirements
Check Hyper-V requirements

If these requirements are met, the results will display “Yes.” However, if you find that “Virtualization Enabled In Firmware” states “No,” you need to enable it using the guide below.

Enable Virtualization in Firmware/BIOS

Before you can install/enable Hyper-V on your Windows 11 PC, make sure that it is enabled from the system BIOS. In the steps above, if you found that “Virtualization Enabled In Firmware” states “No,” then you need to enable it. Here is how:

  1. Restart your computer and enter the BIOS setup using the hotkey.

  2. Here, look for the “Virtualization” tab and click on it, or use the arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight it and press Enter.

  3. Now enable virtualization.

    Enable virtualization from BIOS 1
    Enable virtualization from BIOS
  4. Now save the new settings and exit BIOS. The system will now reboot normally.

When it reboots, continue with the following steps to install and enable Hyper-V.

How to Install Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

Note: Since Windows Home edition comes without Hyper-V, you must first install it. If you have the Pro, Education, or Enterprise editions, then you may skip this step and proceed to the next section of this article. To check which edition you have, type in winver in the Run Command box and obtain your operating system’s details.

If you have Windows 11 Home edition, then follow these steps to install Hyper-V:

  1. Download Hyper-V Installer by clicking on the following link:

    How To Enable Hyper-V In Windows 11 (Home & Pro) 1  Hyper-V Enabler for Windows 11 (384 bytes, 48 hits)

  2. Once downloaded, right-click on the file and select Run as Administrator from the context menu. This will trigger the installation script.

    Run file as an administrator 1
    Run file as an administrator
  3. If prompted with a UAC, click Yes.

    Click Yes on User Access Control
    Click Yes on User Access Control

    It may take some time to complete the installation. Please let it complete without interruption.

  4. Once complete, press Y to continue.

    Press Y to continue
    Press Y to continue

    The computer will now reboot and update.

Once rebooted, Hyper-V will have installed and automatically enabled on your Windows Home.

How to Enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 (Pro, Enterprise, Education)

The method given above automatically enables Hyper-V as well as installing it on a Windows Home. However, if you are running Windows Pro, Education, or Enterprise edition, then you can enable Hyper-V using any one of the following methods.

Enable Hyper-V from Optional Features

Since Hyper-V is an optional feature that one can enable when needed, you can enable it from the Optional Features applet. Here is how:

  1. Open the Optional Features applet by typing in optionalfeatures in the Run Command box.

    optionalfeatures
    Open the Optional Features applet
  2. Now look for the “Hyper-V” option from the list and check the box next to it. Then click Ok.

    Enable Hyper V
    Enable Hyper-V
  3. You will now see a window applying the changes. Click Close when it is done.

    Close installation window
    Close installation window

Hyper-V will now be installed and enabled. You can now access the Hyper-V manager by searching for it in the search box in the taskbar or through the Start menu.

Open Hyper V Manager
Open Hyper-V Manager

Alternatively, you can also use the other 2 command-line methods to enable Hyper-V on Windows 11.

Enable Hyper-V from Command Prompt

Follow these steps to enable Hyper-V using the DISM command tool in the Command Prompt:

  1. Run the following cmdlet in an elevated Command Prompt:

    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V
    Enable Hyper V from Command Prompt
    Enable Hyper-V from Command Prompt
  2. When asked, enter Y to restart the computer:

    Enter Y
    Enter Y

    The computer will now restart, When it does, Hyper-V should be enabled successfully.

Enable Hyper-V from Windows PowerShell

If you’d rather prefer to use Windows PowerShell, here is how to enable Hyper-V:

  1. Run the following cmdlet in an elevated PowerShell:

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All
    Enable Hyper V using PowerShell
    Enable Hyper V using PowerShell
  2. When asked, enter Y and hit Enter to restart the computer:

    Enter Y 2
    Enter Y

    When the computer reboots, Hyper-V will have installed successfully.

These are the 3 methods to enable Hyper-V in Windows 11, provided that the hardware is supported and Hyper-V is installed.

How to Disable Hyper-V in Windows 11 (Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education)

If you no longer use Hyper-V, you can disable it using any one of the 3 methods you used to enable it in the first place.

  • From Optional Features

    1. Open the Optional Features applet by typing in optionalfeatures in the Run Command box.

      optionalfeatures
      Open Optional Features applet
    2. Uncheck the box next to Hyper-V and click Ok.

      Disable Hyper V from Optional Features
      Disable Hyper V from Optional Features
    3. When done, click Restart now to finalize the changes.

      Restart PC 1
      Restart PC
  • From Command Prompt

    Run the following cmdlet in an elevated Command Prompt to disable Hyper-V:

    DISM /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V-all
    Disable Hyper V from Command Prompt
    Disable Hyper V from Command Prompt
  • From PowerShell

    Run the following cmdlet in an elevated PowerShell to disable Hyper-V:

    Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All
    Disable Hyper V from Windows PowerShell
    Disable Hyper V from Windows PowerShell

Closing Thoughts

A hypervisor may only be needed by IT professionals, developers, and people that need to perform secluded testing without putting their own operating systems at risk. On the other hand, a regular home user may not need a hypervisor and the software will only take up space on their hard drive, like any other bloatware.

This is why Microsoft only provides Hyper-V capabilities on selected Windows editions.

That said, you can still install and enable Hyper-V on other non-supported editions of Windows using the given guide above, provided that your system’s hardware supports it.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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