Supported Windows guest operating systems for Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

Hyper-V supports several versions of Windows Server, Windows, and Linux distributions to run in virtual machines, as guest operating systems. This article covers supported Windows Server and Windows guest operating systems. For Linux and FreeBSD distributions, see Supported Linux and FreeBSD virtual machines for Hyper-V on Windows.

Some operating systems have the integration services built-in. Others require that you install or upgrade integration services as a separate step after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine. For more information, see the sections below and Integration Services.

Supported Windows Server guest operating systems

Following are the versions of Windows Server that are supported as guest operating systems for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016.

Guest operating system (server) Maximum number of virtual processors Integration Services Notes
Windows Server 2016 240 for generation 2;
64 for generation 1
Built-in
Windows Server 2012 R2 64 Built-in
Windows Server 2012 64 Built-in
Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) 64 Install all critical Windows updates after you set up the guest operating system. Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions.
Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) 8 Install all critical Windows updates after you set up the guest operating system. Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions (32-bit and 64-bit).

Supported Windows client guest operating systems

Following are the versions of Windows that are supported as guest operating systems for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016.

Guest operating system (client) Maximum number of virtual processors Integration Services Notes
Windows 10 32 Built-in
Windows 8.1 32 Built-in
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) 4 Upgrade the integration services after you set up the guest operating system. Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit).

Guest operating system support on other versions of Windows

The following table gives links to information about guest operating systems supported for Hyper-V on other versions of Windows.

Host operating system Topic
Windows 10 Supported Guest Operating Systems for Client Hyper-V in Windows 10
Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 - Supported Windows Guest Operating Systems for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
- Linux and FreeBSD Virtual Machines on Hyper-V
Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Supported Windows Guest Operating Systems for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 About Virtual Machines and Guest Operating Systems

How Microsoft provides support for guest operating systems

Microsoft provides support for guest operating systems in the following manner:

  • Issues found in Microsoft operating systems and in integration services are supported by Microsoft support.

  • For issues found in other operating systems that have been certified by the operating system vendor to run on Hyper-V, support is provided by the vendor.

  • For issues found in other operating systems, Microsoft submits the issue to the multi-vendor support community, TSANet.

See also