Hyper-V can also be installed and used in Windows 10 and 11 Home: here’s how.
Microsoft Hyper-V is the virtualization solution that the Redmond company includes in Windows 10 and Windows 11 Pro, Education and Enterprise. Windows 10 Home users are barred from using Hyper-V. At least “on paper” because with a simple trick you can install Hyper-V in Windows 10 Home .
In the %systemroot%\servicing\Packages folder where there are system packages from which the operating system draws, even in the case of the Home editions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 it is possible to note the presence of the Hyper-V installation files.
Try pressing Windows+R then typing optionalfeatures . You will notice the absence of the Hyper-V box in the list .
With a simple script, however, it is possible to force the installation of Hyper-V in Windows 10 and 11 Home: in fact, just download this file and store it locally.
In Windows 11 by clicking on the View, Show menu , make sure you have ticked the File Name Extensions item .
In Windows 10 (but also in Windows 11) you can press Windows+R then paste rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 0 .
In the View folder , uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types box .
At this point the Hyper-V-Home-Edition.txt file needs to be renamed to Hyper-V-Home-Edition.bat .
By right-clicking the mouse, you can select Run as administrator to start the installation of Hyper-V in Windows Home.
At the end of the procedure, the message Restart computer now ? Pressing the Y key then Enter the system will restart and from now on it will be possible to use all the functions of Hyper-V.
By typing Hyper-V Quick Create into the Start menu, you can create a new virtual machine with a couple of clicks. By writing the Hyper-V Management Console instead, it is possible to manage the configuration of each virtual machine in depth.
The beauty is that pressing Windows+R then typing optionalfeatures can now check for the presence of the Hyper-V box .
By deactivating the Hyper-V box , you can eventually uninstall the Microsoft virtualization solution from Windows 10 and 11 Home.
As seen in the image below, Hyper-V is running on a virtual machine loaded into a Windows 11 Home system.