Earlier we have discussed about the possibilities of bringing Hyper-V , virtual environment, in to the Windows 8. Microsoft has already confirmed that, Hyper-V will be shipped with Windows 8. Specially, software developer, an IT administrator, or simply an enthusiast who want to run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time will benefit.

Hyper-V was only limited to Windows Server version and it will be in client version with Windows 8. It enables developers to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments without incurring additional hardware costs.

Hyper-V Requirments

  • 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
  • 64-bit version of Windows 8,
  • Minimum of 4GB of RAM to run 3 or 4 VMs on a machine (You will need more RAM for 5 or more VMs.)

Hyper-V Capabilities

  • Dynamic memory allows memory needed by the VM to be allocated and de-allocated dynamically.
  • Ability to create large VMs with 32 processors and 512GB RAM.
  • VM with resolution up to 1600×1200 in 32-bit color.
  • Ability to view the VM’s booting process.
  • VM Console and the Remote Desktop Connection(RDC).
  • Interface to give you a touch experience. (touch screens only)
  • Full multimedia capability by leveraging the physical system’s speakers and microphone.
  • Share its clipboard and folders with the VMs and the main OS.
  • Attach any USB device directly to the VM.

Adding Hyper-V to the Windows 8 (Client OS) will make the computer enthusiast  life much more easier, specially when it come to test different environments.