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Many Windows users aren’t aware of it, but a powerful virtualization tool is built into every copy of Microsoft Windows 8.x Pro and Windows 8.x Enterprise, Client Hyper-V.
This is the very same Type-1 hypervisor that runs virtualized enterprise workloads and comes with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. The virtual machines you create on your desktop with Client Hyper-V are fully compatible with those server systems as well.
If you’re a software developer and need to do testing, or simply want additional operating system(s) running on your computer, such as Linux, Hyper-V can be a great feature to have enabled on your PC.
Client Hyper-V has remarkably few limitations compared to its Server sibling. They are:
If you need to be able to do these, you might want to consider the free Hyper-V Server product, or Windows Server 2012 R2. Following are few of the Hyper-V features
Feature overviews for Hyper-V running on Windows Server® 2012 R2:
Feature overviews for Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server® 2012
Client Hyper-V is only available in the following versions of Windows:
For this demonstration though, we’ll concentrate on the Windows 8.1 versions, as it is a free upgrade from Windows 8, and that’s the version most users will likely be using.
Source: Associated Press