How to enable Hyper-V on Windows 11

You can use Microsoft Hyper-V to create and run VMs on Windows 11 (even in the Home edition), and here's how.

Windows 11 enable Hyper-V
  • To enable Hyper-V on Windows 11, check and enable virtualization on the UEFI (BIOS).
  • Then open Settings > Apps > Optional features > More Windows features.
  • Check the “Hyper-V” item, and click the OK and Restart now buttons to enable the feature.

On Windows 11, to enable the Microsoft Hyper-V feature, you must first enable virtualization in the motherboard’s UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), and you can turn on Hyper-V from the “Windows Features” settings. 

Hyper-V feature is a technology that includes the elements to create and manage virtual machines, allowing you to run other instances of Windows 11 and older versions of the operating system, such as Windows 10, 8.1, or 7, or other platforms like Linux alongside the main installation.

However, Hyper-V is an optional feature that you must enable manually through the Settings app or commands from PowerShell. The virtualization technology is available on Windows 11 Pro and higher editions. It’s not available on Windows 11 Home. If you have the Home edition of Windows, you can try other virtualization alternatives, such as VirtualBox, or use the workaround outlined in this guide.

This guide will teach you how to enable or disable Hyper-V on Windows 11.

Enable Hyper-V on Windows 11

Before enabling Hyper-V on Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education, the computer must have virtualization enabled on the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). If you don’t have this feature enabled, check with your device manufacturer to find the specific details to complete this task.

Turn on virtualization on UEFI

To enable virtualization on the UEFI firmware, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Recovery.

  4. Under the “Recovery options” section, click the Restart now button for the “Advanced startup” setting.

    Advanced startup

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

  6. Click on Advanced options.

  7. Click the UEFI Firmware Settings option.

    WinRE UEFI Firmware Settings

  8. Click the Restart button.

  9. Open the Configuration, Security, or Advanced page (the page’s name will depend on your manufacturer).

  10. Select the Virtualization Technology, Intel Virtual Technology, or SVM Mode option (the feature name will depend on your manufacturer).

  11. Enable the virtualization feature.

  12. Save the UEFI (BIOS) settings (usually press F10).

After completing the steps, you can enable the Microsoft hypervisor to run virtual machines on Windows 11.

Turn on Hyper-V on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can enable the virtualization platform from the Settings app or using commands from PowerShell.

To enable Hyper-V on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Optional features tab.

    Open Windows Features

  4. Under the “Related settings” section, click the “More Windows features” setting.

  5. Check the Hyper-V option to enable the virtual machine platform on Windows 11.

    Enable Hyper-V

  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows 11 virtualization feature will install along with Hyper-V Manager, which allows you to create and run virtual machines.

Turn on Hyper-V from PowerShell

To enable Hyper-V from PowerShell on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 and press Enter:

    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V

    PowerShell enable Hyper-V

  4. Type Y to restart your computer.

After you complete the steps, Hyper-V Manager and its additional components will install on your computer.

Disable Hyper-V on Windows 11

In the same ways as turning the feature on, you can use the same methods to disable Hyper-V on your computer.

To disable Hyper-V on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Optional features tab.

  4. Under the “Related settings” section, click the “More Windows features” setting.

    Open Windows Features

  5. Clear the Hyper-V feature.

    Disable Hyper-V

  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, Microsoft Hyper-V will be disabled.

Turn off Hyper-V from PowerShell

To disable Hyper-V from PowerShell on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command and press Enter:

    DISM /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V

    PowerShell disable Hyper-V

  4. Type Y to restart your computer.

After you complete the steps, the Hyper-V Manager and its additional components will be disabled on Windows 11.

Enable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home

Before enabling Hyper-V on the Home edition of Windows 11, the device must have virtualization support enabled on the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). If you don’t have this feature enabled, check with your manufacturer to find the specific details to complete this task.

Enable virtualization on Windows 11 Home

To enable virtualization on Windows 11 Home, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Recovery.

  4. Under the “Recovery options” section, click the Restart now button for the “Advanced startup” setting.

    Advanced startup

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

  6. Click on Advanced options.

  7. Click the UEFI Firmware Settings option.

    WinRE UEFI Firmware Settings

  8. Click the Restart button.

  9. Open the Configuration, Security, or Advanced page (the page’s name will depend on your manufacturer).

  10. Select the Virtualization Technology, Intel Virtual Technology, or SVM Mode option (the feature name will depend on your manufacturer).

  11. Enable the virtualization feature.

  12. Save the UEFI (BIOS) settings (usually press F10).

After completing the steps, you can enable the Microsoft hypervisor to run virtual machines on Windows 11.

Install Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home

Since the Home edition doesn’t have the virtualization feature, you must install the components manually before you can enable the feature. Although the script works as intended, you should always create a temporary full backup of your device since you will modify the system files, which Microsoft doesn’t support.

To install Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Notepad and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Copy and paste the following script into the text file:

    pushd "%~dp0"
    dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\*Hyper-V*.mum >hv-home.txt
    for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . hv-home.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\%%i"
    del hv-home.txt
    Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Hyper-V -All /LimitAccess /ALL
    pause

    Windows 11 Home script install Hyper-V

  4. Click on File and choose the “Save as” option.

  5. Confirm a name and use the .bat extension. For example, hyperv-home.bat.

  6. Click the Save button.

  7. Right-click the hyperv-home.bat file and select the Run as administrator option.

    Run script as admin

  8. Press the Y key to restart the computer.

    Windows 11 Home apply Hyper-V

After you complete the steps, the Hyper-V Management Tool and Platform will install on your Home edition of Windows 11.

Disable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home

Once you have installed the virtualization feature, you can enable or disable it from the system feature settings like Windows 11 Pro.

To disable Hyper-V on Windows 11 Home, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Optional features tab.

  4. Under the “Related settings” section, click the “More Windows features” setting.

    Open Windows Features

  5. Clear the Hyper-V feature.

    Disable Hyper-V

  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, Microsoft Hyper-V will be disabled on Windows 11 Home.