Hyper-V virtual machines do not start after using Startup Repair

Hyper-V virtual machines do not start after using Startup Repair

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Over the weekend, I attempted to reconfigure some of the drives in my Hyper-V server at home.  Note that I said “attempted”.  I ran into hardware issues and ended up having to revert back to my old configuration - but somehow in all of this – I broke my system disk.

Specifically it would not boot any more.

This did not phase me because I knew that the excellent startup repair tool in Windows would soon have me up and running – which it did.

But I was surprised to find that when my system did finally boot – none of my virtual machines started up.  When I tried to start the virtual machines manually, I was informed that the hypervisor was not running.

After scratching my head for a moment, I realized what had happened.  Startup repair had rebuilt my boot configuration data store to get my system up and running.  But it did not know that Hyper-V needs to have some specific settings enabled in the boot configuration data store in order to start the hypervisor.

I quickly opened an administrative command prompt and ran the following command:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto

After that I rebooted the system and successfully started my virtual machines.


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  • I absolutely positively love you. Thank you so much - I had an identical problem and this was my solution. You're fantastic!!

  • Thanks. Same issue occurred to me :-)

  • Thank You ! What a timesaver. Very useful information.

  • Many thanks !!!

    we spend a lot of time to fix this error. MS support indicates problems inside of bios. That was a bad advice.

    With BCDEDIT it was a 1 minute solution ... IT works !!!

  • For me it was:

    bcdedit /set {default} hypervisorlaunchtype auto

  • Thank you for the information, saved me in a similar situation.

  • Still works on Server 2012 r2

    Migrated server OS to SSD and then had to use Startup Repair to get it going but couldn't get Hyper-V working until I used this.


  • Had the same problem after using the Samsung SSD migration tool. Thanks!

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