Sep 16, 2015

How to Install Hyper-V Manager in Windows 7

There have been many times that I have had to export virtual machines from a Hyper-V 2008 server last minute, and ftp it locally so that I can do some administrative tasks. Microsoft makes it pretty easy to install Hyper-V on Windows 7...Here is how to do it step by step.

Make sure Windows 7 is x64

Before we can install Hyper-V in Windows 7 you have to first make sure that you are running an x64 based architecture version of Windows 7 (and that your CPU is an 64 bit chip, obviously), and that your CPU can support virtualization (both Intel, and AMD have their virtualization features that can be enabled in the motherboard BIOS, if your chip supports it.)

Install this Windows 7 Remote Server Administration Update

If you do not see Hyper-V in your Programs and Features menu, it is because you have not applied this update from Microsoft for Windows 7. If you want to install Hyper V in another version of windows, then check to see if that version of Windows is x64, and has this update available, if so, then you will be able to install Hyper-V. 

Here is the direct link for the download:

After this is done installing, you will then be able to install Hyper-V by going to:

Control Panel > Programs and Features >