Windows 10 Hyper-V System Requirements

Hyper-V is available in 64-bit version of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. Hyper-V requires Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) -- present in the current generation of 64-bit processors by Intel and AMD.

You can run 3 or 4 basic virtual machines on a host that has 4GB of RAM, though you'll need more resources for more virtual machines. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also create large virtual machines with 32 processors and 512GB RAM, depending on your physical hardware.

Operating System Requirements

The Hyper-V role can be enabled on these versions of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Education

The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

Windows 10 Home edition can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. To do so open up Settings > Update and Security > Activation. Here you can visit the store and purchase an upgrade.

Hardware Requirements

Although this document does not provide a complete list of Hyper-V compatible hardware, the following items are necessary:

  • 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
  • CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-x on Intel CPU's).
  • Minimum of 4 GB memory. As virtual machines share memory with the Hyper-V host, you will need to provide enough memory to handle the expected virtual workload.

The following items will need to be enabled in the system BIOS:

  • Virtualization Technology - may have a different label depending on motherboard manufacturer.
  • Hardware Enforced Data Execution Prevention.

Verify Hardware Compatibility

After checking the operating system and hardware requirements above, verify hardware compatibility in Windows by opening a PowerShell session or a command prompt (cmd.exe) window, typing systeminfo, and then checking the Hyper-V Requirements section. If all listed Hyper-V requirements have a value of Yes, your system can run the Hyper-V role. If any item returns No, check the requirements listed in this document and make adjustments where possible.

Final Check

If all OS, hardware and compatibility requirements are met then you will see Hyper-V in Control Panel: Turn Windows features on or off and it will have 2 options.

  1. Hyper-V platform
  2. Hyper-V Management Tools

[!NOTE] If you see Windows Hypervisor Platform instead of Hyper-V in Control Panel: Turn Windows features on or >off your system may not be compatible for Hyper-V, then cross check above requirements.

If you run systeminfo on an existing Hyper-V host, the Hyper-V Requirements section reads:

Hyper-V Requirements: A hypervisor has been detected. Features required for Hyper-V will not be displayed.