Creating a "no hypervisor" boot entry

Creating a "no hypervisor" boot entry

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From time to time I want to run Virtual PC / Virtual Server on my Hyper-V system.  While I can do this with the hypervisor running, the result is that Virtual PC / Virtual Server run quite slowly.  An easy fix for this is to create a second boot entry for my system that starts Windows without starting the hypervisor.  To do this you need to open an administrative command prompt and run:

  1. bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Microsoft Windows Server 2008 - no hypervisor"


    This copies your currently active boot entry (assuming that this is the one you want to copy) and gives the new copy an appropriate description.

  2. bcdedit /set {identifier for the new boot entry (copy from the output of a plain 'bcdedit' command)} hypervisorlaunchtype off


After doing this you can choose whether the hypervisor gets loaded whenever you boot the system.


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  • When booting the machine with the hyper-v disabled do you get back the ability to enable hibernation/sleep/etc?  Thanks for the tip.

  • Ben, What is your rough estimate of the difference in speed between running a Dos VM with the hypervisor on or off?

  • disabling Hyper-v using this method, does not bring back hibernate/sleep. :(

    powercfg -hibernate on

    Hibernation failed with the following error: The request is not supported.

    The following items are preventing hibernation on this system.

           An internal system component has disabled hibernation.

  • Virtual PC or Virtual Server will run faster because they will use Pacifica/vanderpool only if hyperv is not used?

  • I've tried this with a server and remote access via Virtual Server Administration Web or RDP is really really slow.

    The RDP is connection usually dropped with an error about encryption.

    I have stopped started with the no hypervisor option described in this bild and stiopped all Hyper-V services.

    Locally the machine is not slow.

  • To answer questions:

    No - this will not enable sleep / hibernate.

    Yes - this will make Virtual PC / Virtual Server run faster on the system.



  • Thank you for the inforamtion, very useful.

    Does this cause any issues with Windows Update? Since making the change I have noticed that when rebooting after a Windows Update, the machine goes into a perpetual reboot loop. Don't know if it is related but don't know how to diagnose the issue.

    Any help is appreciated!

  • (Left in the hope this will turn up in web searches)...

    This also works with VMWare Workstation 9 and on Windows 8. Hyper-V's performance blows VMWare's away, but HyperV can't map host serial and USB devices (Come on Microsoft!!!)

    So, this works perfectly with Windows 8 to have both VMWare Workstation and HyperV running on the same box under Windows 8.

    Thanks Ben!

  • @OzFlipper, Thank you so much for the confirmation!! That was just what I needed!!!

  • I was not able to play hardware accelerated vídeos after installing Hyper-V on Windows 8 (due to Windows Phone 8 SDK requirement).

    Right now I just booted on the "no hypervisor" option and finally Internet Explorer can play YouTube vídeos, Windows Media Player Works again and MPC-HC can use EVR output, otherwise all would only display a green screen.

    This is just what I was looking for! Excellent job! Thank you!!

  • A little more simple as you don't have to type a GUID...

    bcdedit /copy "{current}" /d "Hyper-V"

    bcdedit /set "{current}" hypervisorlaunchtype off

  • sir, i installed server 2008 service pack 2 in my lenovo g hm 76 chipset. for SAP purpose. i didnt get brightness adjestment and sleep features can u please help me on this

  • "HyperV can't map host serial and USB devices (Come on Microsoft!!!)"

    Just open an RDP connection to your Hyper-V machine (Remote Desktop Protocol allows sharing of resources, including USB and other devices)

    Open "Remote Desktop Connection", show options -> tab "Local Resources", section "Local devices and resources", "More..."

  • I entered this command bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Microsoft Windows Server 2008 - no hypervisor"  and it worked but when i entered second command i got an error. How to undo the first command now i have 2 operation sistems Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008?? Someone help me?

  • Hi!

    I have the same problem that Joska.

    The first part works perfect, but the second give me an error.

    Could anyone help me?


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