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Any way to get Hyper-v for 8.1 core?

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    Any way to get Hyper-v for 8.1 core?


    i.e. I want to get hyper-v installed and functional without paying ~$100 to upgrade to Pro?

    I have visual studio, and the Windows Phone emulator (for developing Windows Phone Apps) requires hyper-v.

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Possibly available in the Pro version. Also see this if you CPU will support it:
    Does your Windows 8.1 computer support Hyper-V? - Tech Page One
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    My computer will support it, I already checked.
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    These are the steps to enable Hyper-V but only on the Pro version providing your BIOS will support it also.
    Step-By-Step: Enabling Hyper-V for use on Windows 8.1 - Canadian IT Professionals - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
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    No offense, but you are feeding me links that I went to myself last night- before I learned that my version of windows does not have hyper-v.

    I have 8.1 core, I want to know if it is possible for me to download and install hyper-v without upgrading to 8.1 pro (because I would like to save myself $100.00).
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You cannot on 8.1 Core
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    Do you actually have to have hyper-v, or can you just use VMWare instead?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Do you actually have to have hyper-v, or can you just use VMWare instead?
    If OP will run a Windows phone emulator, he must have hyper-v and will be forced to buy the Pro upgrade. If just running different OS, VMware and Virtual Box would suffice.

    If you're a university student, just ask the Computer Science department or your Bookstore department and maybe you can score the Pro version free of charge.
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    I need hyper-v to get a feature of visual studio (the Windows Phone emulator) to work. I don't see how a different piece of VM software could help for this. I will just upgrade to pro at some point.

    I actually have a windows phone (don't laugh), and can try deploying a finished app straight to my phone to test it out. Not nearly as handy as having the emulator working, but could help.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    You guys are looking at this THE WRONG WAY ROUND.

    Why not install Windows 10 Trial - you can run either the ENTERPRISE or standard (equiv to PRO) version FREE and the license is till OCT 1 2015 (and will probably be extended with new builds). Current build 9926.
    Then you can run HYPER-V and your Windows phone stuff in it to your hearts content. IMO this is a better option anyway because the latest Windows phones will be based on W10 anyway.

    Take backup of your present OS though before installing W10. I think this is a neat get around, is free and you'll be developing in the CURRENT environment rather than the old one which is being replaced. There's links all on the W10 Forums if you have any problems installing W10 / HYPER-V etc.

    If you need stuff from your current W8.1 system you can Virtualise that while running the W10 system -- so have your Windows phone emulation AND your W8.1 as virtual machines.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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