How to enable Hyper-V on Windows 10 Home edition OS

One the biggest issues I had with Windows 10 was when it said I had to uninstall VMware since it wasn’t compatible with the OS. Thus a perfectly good license was wasted. I figured I would just use Hyper-V going forward only to realize that Hyper V wasn’t supported on Windows 10 Home edition.

For the longest time this was an irritant for me since I do a lot of RnD and needed a way to build and destroy builds at will. Since it wasn’t possible on the physical hardware I ended up using Docker or Azure VMs when there was anything I needed to RnD. This worked well until I needed a build of a OS which was no longer supported and couldn’t find an image in Docker or Azure.

Enter the PowerShell command which enables Hyper V even on Windows 10 Home. While I will always be a MS guy things like this make me feel for the open source community and I get why for every Steve Jobs there is a Woz. The true geek will always find a way in spite of the marketing teams best efforts to kill open source. Anyway regardless of the rant here is what you need to do

Copy paste the below command into a Bat file and execute as administrator followed by a restart.

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

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