If you are keeping a tab on Windows 8 new features and improvements, you must have heard about the inclusion of virtualization client in Windows 8. The Windows 8 includes Microsoft virtualization manager and hypervisor for proficient users, so they don’t have to switch to Windows 8 Server in order to use Hyper-V client. If you aren’t familiar with Hyper-V, also known as, Viridian, it’s a hypervisor (hardware/physical virtualization technique to run multiple guest operating systems concurrently on host system) based virtualization system for x86-64 instruction set based system architecture and is already included in Windows Server 2008. Windows 8 Hyper-V client supports one feature which isn’t there in Window Server 2008 R2 and that is sleep/hibernate option. The recently released Consumer Preview of Windows 8 x64 version comes with Hyper-V disabled, but you can easily enable both Hyper-V Core and Management Tools from Control Panel.
On Windows 8 Start Screen, type Programs and Features, click Settings and then select it from main window.
In Program and Features dialog, click Turn Windows features on or off option present in left sidebar. This will open Windows Features. Now enable Hyper-V checkbox, and expand it to view Hyper-V Core and Hyper-V Management Tools. Make sure that both checkboxes are checked. Once done, click OK.
Upon click, Windows 8 will start applying changes to features and then prompt you to restart system. Click Restart Now.
After rebooting the system, you will see Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection and Hyper-V Manager shortcut tiles on Metro Start Screen.
That’s it! You can now import Virtual Machine from external storage medium and create new ones.