How to Enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home in 2022 (Guide)

If you are someone who messes with different versions of operating systems, not limited to just Windows, a virtual machine platform is an extremely crucial resource for you. Hyper-V is a native hypervisor built by Microsoft that enables this feature on Windows, but unfortunately it’s not available on the Home edition of Windows 11. Yes, there are several third-party tools, but Hyper-V works much better and is easier to use. That said, we found an interesting solution to enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, similar to how we had enabled Hyper-V on Windows 10 Home. So without delay, let’s get started.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home (2022)

In this tutorial, we’ve included instructions for installing Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, along with steps on how to create a virtual machine in Hyper-V. You can expand the table below and go to the desired section.

What is Hyper-V?

Hyper-V is a hardware-based hypervisor developed by Microsoft. It allows users to run multiple instances of different OS on top of Windows OS. Currently, Hyper-V also supports Windows, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. As the tool was developed by Microsoft itself, the performance when running a Windows VM through Hyper-V is impressive compared to other third party tools.

In terms of customization, Hyper-V isn’t as feature-rich as other hypervisors, but again, it’s fast. The reason is that most drivers run independently of the hardware layer, resulting in less overhead in maintaining the virtual machine. In addition, you can also assign storage, cores and provide Internet access through the standard switch. In case you want to quickly create a virtual machine, you also have this option.

How to install Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home

1. First, open a new Notepad file on your PC. You can do this by searching for Notepad after pressing the Windows key or using the Win + R Windows 11 keyboard shortcut to open the Run prompt. You need to type notepad and press Enter to open it. Now copy the script below and paste it into Notepad file.

pushd "%~dp0"
dir /b %SystemRoot%servicingPackages*Hyper-V*.mum >hyper-v.txt
for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . hyper-v.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%servicingPackages%%i"
del hyper-v.txt
Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Hyper-V -All /LimitAccess /ALL
pause

2. Then click on “File” in the menu bar and choose “Save As”.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home (2021)

3. At the next prompt, select “All files(*.*)” from the “Save as type” drop-down menu. After that, give the file a name. For example, I renamed the file to “HyperV”. Then, add.bat extension at the end to save it as a batch file. Make sure there is no .txt or other file extension appended at the end. Finally, click on “Save”.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home (2021)

2. Now to enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, right click on the batch file you just saved and select “Execute as administrator“.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home (2021)

3. After doing this, it will open a Command Prompt/PowerShell window and start installing Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home. Keep in mind that you need to be connected to the internet to enable this feature. Also, if the CMD window appears to be stuck, press the “Enter” key.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home (2021)

4. When the Hyper-V installation is complete, restart your Windows 11 computer. Now press Windows and R keys at the same time to open the Run prompt. Here, type optionalfeatures.exe and press Enter.

optional features

5. A Windows Resources window will open. scroll down and enable Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Hypervisor Platform. Finally, press the OK button. It will start installing the necessary packages and will ask you to restart your computer once the installation is complete.

hypervisor platform

6. Finally, Hyper-V will be enabled on your computer running Windows 11 Home. Press the Windows key once and search for “Hyper-V”. It will appear in the search results and you can open it.

How to enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

7. If Hyper-V is not appearing in the search result, open the Run window using the Windows+R shortcut. After that, enter virtmgmt.msc and press Enter.

virtmgmt

8. It will directly open the Hyper-V Manager on your Windows 11 home PC.

Enable Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home (2021)

Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

1. After installing Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, restart your computer and boot into BIOS or UEFI. Normally the boot key is F10 or F9, but may vary depending on your PC manufacturer. So if you’re not sure, look it up on the internet or use the helpful list attached below.

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2. Generally, you find “Virtualization” option on the System Setup or Advanced tab. All you have to do now is enable it and save the changes by pressing the F10 key. After that, restart the computer and virtualization will be enabled.

bios virtualization

3. Now start Hyper-V pressing the Windows key once and searching for it using Windows Search.

Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

4. Click on “Quick Create” option in the right panel. It lets you set things up really fast.

quick creation

5. Now choose the operating system for which you want to create a virtual machine on Windows 11. The best thing here is that Hyper-V also supports Linux (Ubuntu) out of the box. Furthermore, you can also choose a local Windows ISO image if you already downloaded.

hyper v

6. Now, hit the button “Create virtual machine” and wait for the process to complete.

Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

7. Then click on the “Connect” buttonand it will start the virtual machine you just created.

Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

8. Finally, the virtual machine is ready in Hyper-V and you can go through the installation process as usual.

Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 11 Home

Install Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home with ease

This is how you can enable and run Hyper-V on Windows 11. In our comparison between Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro, we noticed that the Home edition does not have a built-in hypervisor. However, through our workaround, you can also enable it on your Home edition PC. Not to mention that there are a number of third-party virtualization programs like VirtualBox and VMware that you can use in Windows 11 Home. Anyway, that’s all for us. If you face any issues, let us know in the comments section below.

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