How to Install Windows 11 Virtual Machine in Hyper-V?

Recently, more and more users encounter the issues of installing Windows 11 virtual machine in Hyper-V. This article will tell you what is Windows 11 Hyper-V, why should you install Windows 11 Hyper-V and how to install it. In addition, this article also provides the solution to solve the problem that the option to enable Hyper-V is grayed out. Let’s check them one by one.

How to Install Windows 11 Virtual Machine in Hyper V


1 What is Windows 11 Hyper-V?
2 How to Install Windows 11 Hyper-V?
2.1 Enable Windows 11 Hyper-V
2.2 Create Windows 11 Virtual Machine
2.3 Edit Windows 11 Hyper-V Virtual Machine
3 Why the Option to Enable Hyper-V is Grayed Out?

1 What is Windows 11 Hyper-V?

Windows 11 Hyper-V helps you to create virtual machine on your system without the support of any other additional hardware or software. By Hyper-V, you can create multiple virtual machines which run individual systems, which help you work on multiple operating systems, test any software and run software which don’t run on your current system. Actually, users can create the virtual machines through virtualization software. However, Hyper-V native to Windows is the best choice for Windows 11.

Before install Windows 11 Hyper-V, you should check if your hardware support the Hyper-V. If not, you can’t install Hyper-V.

Hyper-V hardware requirements:

  • 64-bit processor with second level address translation which is the technology used by Hyper-V when it is required to retrieve data or instructions. In other words, it translates virtual addresses into corresponding physical addresses, thereby saving memory and reducing CPU time.
  • VM monitoring mode extension
  • At least 4 GB of RAM-of course, more RAM will lead to better performance.

Check for Hyper-V requirements:

You can check if your Hyper-V requirements by the following steps:

1 Press Windows plus R keys, hit enter to open command prompt

2 Type Systeminfo.exe and press enter.

3 Scroll to the Hyper-V Requirements section to check the report.

Check for Hyper-V requirements
Check for Hyper-V requirements

2 How to Install Windows 11 Hyper-V?

If your hardware meets the Hyper-V hardware requirements, then you can install Windows 11 Virtual Machine in Hyper-V now. There are 3 steps to successfully install Windows 11 Hyper-V, let’s check them one by one:

2.1 Enable Windows 11 Hyper-V

First of all, you should enable Windows 11 Hyper-V from the Control Panel. Click on Start Menu and search for Turn Windows features on or off and then open it. Find Hyper-V option in the Windows Features window, and click on the plus icon before it to expand Hyper-V option. Then check the boxes for Hyper-V Management Tools and Hyper-V Platform. Next click on OK button.

Enable Windows 11 Hyper-V from Control Panel

A few minutes later, you will be required to restart the PC. Just click on Restart now button at the bottom.

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Restart to Enable Windows 11 Hyper-V

2.2 Create Windows 11 Virtual Machine

Now, you can create Windows 11 VM by Hyper-V Manager.

Click on Windows search button, type Hyper-V Manager and then launch it.

Click on New and then Virtual Machine under the Action menu.

Click Next button on the New virtual machine wizard window.

Next specify the virtual machine information. Type a virtual machine name and then click Next under Specify Name and Location tab.

Name Virtual Machine

Select Generation 2 and click next.

Assign the Memory you want to offer to your Windows 11 VM, which should be at least 4 GB and then Next.

Click on Connection Drop-down, select Default Switch to connect network for the Windows 11 VM and then Next.

Assign the Hard disk size that you want for Windows 11 VM and click next.

Click on Browse button to select your downloaded Windows ISO image file and then Open button. Then, click on Next and Finish button.

3.3 Edit Windows 11 Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Right-click the Hyper-V virtual machine. Hit on Settings>Security option on the left pane>Enable Secure Boot and Trusted Platform Module>OK. Then, right-click Hyper-V VM and then select start>Connect.

3 Why the Option to Enable Hyper-V is Grayed Out?

Some users find that the option to enable Hyper-V is grayed out when they go through the first step of install Windows 11 Hyper-V. in this case, they can’t go to the next step. Don’t worry, there is a solution to solve this problem.

If Hardware Visualization is disabled in BIOS, the option to enable Hyper-V is grayed out. So we just enable the Hardware Visualization in BIOS to solve grayed Hyper-V.

Note: the following guide is for HP laptop, some keyboards inputs may be different from the following guide if you are not using HP laptop.

Restart your computer. When screen lights up, press ESC key. Then, hold on F10 to enter the BIOS Setup. Navigate to the Advanced tab>Device Configurations under Device Settings.

Device Configurations BIOS Setup

Scroll down to find the Visualization Technology (VTx) option, and check the box to enable Hardware Visualization, click on Save button at the bottom and then Yes button to confirm the change. Exit the BIOS settings and wait for the changes take effect.

After that, you can enable Windows 11 Hyper-V.


Windows 11 Hyper-V is an easy and useful tool to help users to work on multiple operating systems. This article introduces the details about Windows 11 Hyper-V. If you have any other issues about Windows 11 Hyper-V, welcome to leave a message.


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