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Automatically Run Hyper-V Virtual Machines at Startup in Windows 11

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in virtualized and isolated environment. Special software called a hypervisor manages access between the virtual systems and the physical hardware resources. Virtualization enables quick deployment of computer systems, a way to quickly restore systems to a previously known good state, and the ability to migrate systems between physical hosts.

Hyper-V is only available on 64-bit versions of Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. Hyper-V is not available on the Home edition.

You can configure Hyper-V virtual machines to automatically run at startup when you boot or restart the computer (host OS).

By default, a Hyper-V host saves the state of virtual machines when restarted. It means that if a VM was running before a restart, Hyper-V will start it automatically. Automatic startup settings are configured for each VM individually.

There are three options available to manage the automatic startup of a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM):

  • Nothing = When a computer (host) boots, the virtual machine will not automatically run at startup (regardless of its state before the host shutdown or restart).
  • Automatically start if it was running when the service stopped = The virtual machine will automatically run at startup only if it has been running when the computer (host) shutdown or restart.
  • Always start this virtual machine automatically= The virtual machine will always run at startup when the computer (host) boots.
    • Automatic start delay = Specify a startup delay for the virtual machine in seconds. You can use the delay to manage the boot order of virtual machines, and reduce the load contention between virtual machines.

This tutorial will show you how to manage running Hyper-V virtual machines at startup for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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