Hyper-V

How to Change Display Scaling Zoom Level of Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions include the Hyper-V virtualization technology. 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.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959, Microsoft added a new Zoom Level option in the View menu, where you can override the default scaling and set it to 100, 125, 150 or 200 – whichever matches your preference.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Zoom Level of a Hyper-V virtual machine to override its default display scaling (DPI) in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Hyper-V Virtual Machine

A blue screen error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice while in a Hyper-V gen 1 or gen 2 virtual machine (guest OS).

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in a Hyper-V virtual machine guest in a Windows 8 and Windows 10 host.

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How to Use Local Devices and Resources on Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows 10

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

You can give a virtual machine access to a computer’s local resources, like a removable USB flash drive, when you use Virtual Connection Manager (VMConnect). To make this happen, turn on enhanced session mode on the Hyper-V host, use VMConnect to connect to the virtual machine, and before you connect, choose the local resource that you want to use.

This tutorial will show you how to use local devices and resources on a Hyper-V virtual machine with enhanced session mode in Windows 10.

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How to Create a Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection shortcut in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions include the Hyper-V virtualization technology. 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.

You can use Virtual Machine Connection to connect to a Hyper-V virtual machine (guest) on a host server (ex: your PC). The hosts and virtual machines that are available in Hyper-V Manager are the same ones available in Virtual Machine Connection.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection shortcut in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode in Windows 10

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

You can give a virtual machine access to a computer’s local resources, like a removable USB flash drive, when you use Virtual Connection Manager (VMConnect). To make this happen, turn on enhanced session mode on the Hyper-V host, use VMConnect to connect to the virtual machine, and before you connect, choose the local resource that you want to use.

Enhanced session mode provides the following new capabilities for Virtual Machine Connection sessions:

•Display Configuration
•Audio redirection
•Printer redirection
•Full clipboard support (improved over limited prior-generation clipboard support)
•Smart Card support
•USB Device redirection
•Drive redirection
•Redirection for supported Plug and Play devices

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Hyper-V enhanced session mode for your account and/or all accounts in Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Folder to Store Hyper-V Virtual Hard Disks

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

A virtual machine in Hyper-V consists of a few files that account for its virtual hardware configuration and the virtual storage (VHD and VHDX files). By default:

• The virtual machine configuration files are stored in “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V”.
• The virtual hard drives are stored in “C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks”.

When you create a virtual machine in Hyper-V Manager, you are able to select to use these default locations or specify a folder location on a per virtual machine basis.

If you like, you could change these global default locations within your hosts to make it easier to use your locations by default instead when creating new virtual machines.

This tutorial will show you how to specify the default folder to store virtual machine hard disk files when importing or creating a new Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Folder to Store Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

A virtual machine in Hyper-V consists of a few files that account for its virtual hardware configuration and the virtual storage (VHD and VHDX files). By default:

• The virtual machine configuration files are stored in “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V”.
• The virtual hard drives are stored in “C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks”.

When you create a virtual machine in Hyper-V Manager, you are able to select to use these default locations or specify a folder location on a per virtual machine basis.

If you like, you could change these global default locations within your hosts to make it easier to use your locations by default instead when creating new virtual machines.

This tutorial will show you how to specify the default folder to store virtual machine configuration files when importing or creating a new Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows 10.

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How to Export Hyper-V Virtual Machines in Windows 10

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

You can use Hyper-V’s export and import functionality to quickly duplicate virtual machines. Exported virtual machines can be used for backup or as a way to move a virtual machine between Hyper-V hosts.

Import allows you to restore virtual machines. You don’t need to export a virtual machine to be able to import it.

When creating an export of a virtual machine, all associated files are bundled in the export. This includes configuration files, hard drive files, and any existing checkpoint files.

This tutorial will show you how to export a single or all Hyper-V virtual machines (guests) on your Windows 10 PC (host).

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How to Import Hyper-V Virtual Machines in Windows 10

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

You can use Hyper-V’s export and import functionality to quickly duplicate virtual machines. Exported virtual machines can be used for backup or as a way to move a virtual machine between Hyper-V hosts.

Import allows you to restore virtual machines. You don’t need to export a virtual machine to be able to import it. Import will try to recreate the virtual machine from whatever is available. Importing a virtual machine registers the virtual machine with the Hyper-V host. A virtual machine export can be imported back into the host from which it was derived or new host.

This tutorial will show you how to import a Hyper-V virtual machine (guest) on your Windows 10 PC (host).

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How to Create a Hyper-V Manager shortcut in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions include the Hyper-V virtualization technology. 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 Manager is an in-box tool for diagnosing and managing your local Hyper-V host and a small number of remote hosts. Hyper-V Manager is available through Programs and Features as Hyper-V Management Tools on any Windows OS with Hyper-V included. Hyper-V Platform does not need to be enabled in order to manage remote hosts.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Hyper-V Manager shortcut in Windows 10.

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How to See if Hyper-V Virtual Machine is Generation 1 or Generation 2

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

When you create a new virtual machine (VM) in Hyper-V, you must choose the generation of this VM to be either generation 1 or generation 2.

Generation 1 (MBR / Legacy BIOS) = This virtual machine generation supports 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems and provides virtual hardware which has been available in all previous versions of Hyper-V.

Generation 2 (GPT / UEFI) = This virtual machine generation provides support for newer virtualization features listed below, and requires 64-bit guest operating system.

• PXE boot by using a standard network adapter
• Boot from a SCSI virtual hard disk
• Boot from a SCSI virtual DVD
• Secure Boot (enabled by default)
• UEFI firmware support

Once a virtual machine has been created, you cannot change its generation.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly see if your Hyper-V virtual machines are generation 1 or generation 2.

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How to Add or Remove a Physical Hard Disk to Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

Your Hyper-V virtual machines can also be connected to physical hard disks from the host computer—not just to virtual hard disks. (This is sometimes referred to as having a “pass-through” disk connected to a virtual machine.)

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove physical hard disks to access from a Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

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How to Remove Floppy Disk Drive in Windows Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems (aka: guests) can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in a virtualized and isolated environment.

When you create a Windows virtual machine (VM) in Hyper-V, a floppy disk drive is created in the VM by default.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the default floppy disk drive in a Windows virtual machine created in Hyper-V.

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