Setting up a virtual machine on your system

Virtual machines are something that changed the whole game of the technology. The kind of benefits virtual machines can bring to your business is just mesmerizing.

We won’t get into all the nitty-gritty of what virtual machine is and their benefits but we will straight jump into setting up virtual machines assuming you know the those fundamentals of virtual machine.


Setting up your virtual machine is not thus complicated. If you have installed software on your machines, thus much is what it takes to install a virtual machine in your system. So let’s take one of the virtual machine out there and see the process of installing a VM on your system. For our purpose, we would not go out but rather take, what is in for example. That would be the Hyper-V from Microsoft.

All you have to do is to enable Hyper-V. You do that by going to Programs and features, Control Panel applet and select Turn Windows features on or off. If you are into the newer Windows, simply type in, “turn on Windows features.” and you will have the result shown in the pop up. Simply hit enter upon seeing the suggestion in the result, you will have a new dialog box. There you check the Hyper-V box along with its sub directories.

Choosing a hypervisor

Now, it remains up to you to decide which hypervisor you want to use as your virtual machine. Hypervisor, is a technical term, which is a sub-category of supervisor found in operating system architecture. Every virtual machine uses hypervisor. Now once you have installed the hypervisor of your choice, you will have a virtual machine manager which will act as your go to place to create, start, stop, save and delete all of these virtual machines. This is incredibly useful when you need to manage multiple machines.

What to do next?

The following essential steps of installation of a virtual machine are creating the machine itself and installing an operating system for that purpose. To do these steps properly, you will need to make up your mind about the amount of RAM you would like to allocate for this purpose and certain other details that we are going to discuss in our next article on the topic.