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Change Automatic Stop Action of Hyper-V Virtual Machine 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.

The default automatic stop action is to save the state of virtual machines at the shut down or restart of the Hyper-V host. It means that if a VM was running before a shut down or restart, Hyper-V will start it automatically at the next startup. The automatic stop action is configured for each VM individually.

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

  • Save the virtual machine state = Hyper-V will reserve disk space equal to the amount of memory used by the virtual machine when it is running so that memory can be written to disk when the physical computer shuts down or restarts. At the next startup, the virtual machine will automatically start and continue as it was.
  • Turn off the virtual machine = This option will pull the plug on the virtual machine. No state information is saved. The guest OS will act as if the virtual machine lost power if/when it is started up again. You can use this option if you don’t care about the state of a virtual machine and you need a quicker host shutdown.
  • Shut down the guest operating system = The guest OS of the virtual machine will be gracefully shut down when before the host will be shut down or restarted. No state is saved. The downside is that the guest OS and its services will take time to start up when the host restarts. You should consider delaying and ordering the start up of virtual machines if you select this option.

This tutorial will show you how to change the automatic stop of action of a Hyper-V virtual machine for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Create Shortcut of Hyper-V Virtual Machine 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 create a shortcut of a Hyper-V virtual machine to make it easier to directly connect and start the virtual machine. You can Pin to taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut of a Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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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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Create Windows 11 Virtual Machine with Hyper-V

Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.

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 available on 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. It is not available on the Home edition.

This tutorial will show you how to set up and create a Windows 11 virtual machine with Hyper-V on a Windows 10 PC.

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How to Move 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.

If you like, you can move a Hyper-V virtual machine and all files associated with it to a new storage location of your choice.

This tutorial will show you how to completely move a Hyper-V virtual machine to a new location in Windows 10.

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How to Delete 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.

If you like, you can delete a Hyper-V virtual machine to remove it from the Hyper-V Manager.

When you delete a Hyper-V virtual machine, it deletes the virtual machine’s configuration file, but does not delete any virtual hard drives. If the virtual machine has any checkpoints, these are deleted and merged into the virtual hard disk files after the virtual machine is deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a Hyper-V virtual machine on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Rename 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 rename a Hyper-V virtual machine anytime you like.

When you rename a Hyper-V virtual machine, it will only change its name in Hyper-V Manager. It will not change the name of the folder or virtual hard disk (.vhdx) file(s) for the virtual machine.

This tutorial will show you how to rename a Hyper-V virtual machine on your Windows 10 PC.

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