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The Ultimate Guide to Uninstalling or Disabling Hyper-V in Windows 10

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Hyper-V is the first type hypervisor that can be installed on Windows to run virtual machines. Recently we have explained how to install Hyper-V on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. But what if you no longer need Hyper-V on your machine? Hyper-V also causes issues if you want to run other second-type hypervisor such as VMware Workstation or VirtualBox on the same Windows machine. This blog post explains how to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows by using the graphical user interface or the command line interface.

How to Uninstall Hyper-V in Control Panel of Windows 10

Using the Control Panel to uninstall Hyper-V is the most convenient method and is preferred by most Windows 10 users. As a result, the Hyper-V feature is uninstalled completely. Let me explain the workflow step by step.

Click Start, type Control Panel, and open Control Panel. There are two alternative methods to open Control Panel. Press the Win+X combination on your keyboard, and, in the menu that opens, click Control Panel. Press Win+R. In the Run field, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.

Click Turn Windows features on or off in the Control Panel window.

In the Windows Features window that opens, deselect the Hyper-V checkbox. Make sure that checkboxes in Hyper-V subfolders are deselected. Hit OK to save settings and start the Hyper-V uninstallation process.

How to uninstall Windows 10 Hyper-V in Control Panel

Hit Restart now to restart your computer to finish the process and uninstall Hyper-V.

Hyper-V Windows 10 uninstallation - restarting Windows

How to Uninstall Hyper-V in the Command Prompt of Windows 10

You can uninstall Hyper-V in the command line interface (CLI). At the end of this workflow you get the same result as for the method explained in the previous section when using the graphical user interface (GUI). Check the Hyper-V installation status in the command line before you start to uninstall Hyper-V and after you uninstall Hyper-V to make sure that this hypervisor is removed from your Windows system.

Open the command line (CMD) as administrator. Open the Windows Start menu, type cmd, right click the cmd entry, and click Run as administrator.

Run systeminfo to check whether Hyper-V is installed.

If Hyper-V is not installed, you can see in the Hyper-V requirements section the names of technologies required to install Hyper-V and the status of their availability on the machine.

If Hyper-V is installed, you should see the following message in the Hyper-V Requirements line:

A hypervisor has been detected. Features required for Hyper-V will not be displayed.

Checking the Hyper-V installation status in Windows

As an alternative, you can run msinfo32.exe to check whether Hyper-V is uninstalled in the GUI. The needed information is located in the System Summary section in the bottom of the item list.

Hyper-V is installed in Windows

Now it is time to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows 10 by using the command line. You should open PowerShell with administrative privileges (type PowerShell in the Start menu, right click PowerShell and click Run as administrator just as you do to run CMD). Run the following command to remove the Hyper-V feature from Windows 10:

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All

Hyper-V Windows 10 uninstallation in PowerShell

Do you want to restart the computer to complete this operation now?

Type Y and hit Enter.

Restart is required after executing this command. You can type N (No) and restart Windows manually.

Removing Hyper-V with DISM

DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) is a tool for working with Windows images (.wim files) and install/uninstall Windows drivers, features, and packages.

Open PowerShell with administrative privileges, and run this command to disable Hyper-V:

DISM /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V

How to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows 10 by using PowerShell and DISM

You may need to disable Secure Boot in UEFI/BIOS settings of a computer to finish the uninstallation process and uninstall Hyper-V. The sequence to disable Secure Boot depends on your hardware vendor and differs for different motherboard vendors and models.

How to Disable Hyper-V in BCDEDIT

You can change Hyper-V startup options when Windows boots without uninstalling Hyper-V completely. In this case, Hyper-V is installed but inactivated. Hyper-V is not booted before Windows boots if you disable Hyper-V by using the command line bcdedit tool. Bcdedit is the command line tool to manage Boot Configuration Data or BCD. BCD store is used to describe boot parameters for applications, add boot menu entries, etc. If you use BCD to disable Hyper-V, the Hyper-V feature is disabled but not uninstalled completely from Windows. As you remember, Hyper-V is the first-type hypervisor that boots before Windows boots. The idea of using this method is to disable Hyper-V in boot configuration.

Run the command prompt (CMD) as administrator and run the following command to disable Hyper-V by using bcdedit:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Windows 10 disable Hyper-V - using the command line bcdedit tool

Note: If you need to enable Hyper-V again, run bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype on

For more convenience, you can create two boot entries for your Windows machine. One boot entry is used to boot an operating system with Hyper-V, and another one is used to boot an OS without Hyper-V.

Run the following command to copy the default boot configuration to the new entry. “Hyper-V disable” is the name of the new boot entry in my case.

bcdedit /copy {default} /d "Hyper-V disable"

The following output message is displayed:

"The entry was successfully copied to {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}."

Run the command to edit Hyper-V boot options for the new boot entry you have created. Copy the value in brackets {} from the above output message and paste to this command:

bcdedit /set {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx} hypervisorlaunchtype off

Creating two boot menu options in Windows 10 with bcdedit to enable and disable Hyper-V

You should see the message: The operation completed successfully.

Edit the name of the default boot entry with Hyper-V to “Windows 10 Hyper-V” for more convenience:

bcdedit /set {default} description "Windows 10 Hyper-V"

Restart your computer.

Now you have two boot menu entries. Select “Hyper-V disable” to boot Windows without Hyper-V or select “Windows 10 Hyper-V” to boot Windows with Hyper-V.

How to disable Hyper-V Windows 10 – selecting options in the boot menu

How to Uninstall Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016

The process of removing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 is slightly different compared to Windows 10. In this section, I explain how to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016. If you use Windows Server 2019, the workflow to uninstall Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019 is identical.

Using the GUI

If your Windows Server is installed with the graphic experience and has a graphical user interface (GUI), then the easiest way to uninstall Hyper-V is using Server Manager and the Remove Roles and Features wizard.

Open Server Manager (Start > Server Manager). Click Manage > Remove Roles and Features.

Using the Remove Roles and Features wizard to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016

The Remove Roles and Features wizard opens.

Before You Begin. There is nothing to configure at this step, but you can select the Skip this page by default to avoid displaying this page in the future. Click Next to continue.

Server Selection. Select a server from the server pool and select your server in the list. The server name is Hyper-V-Repl.test.net in my case. Hit Next at each step of the wizard to continue.

Selecting a server on which you want to uninstall Hyper-V

Server Roles. Deselect the Hyper-V checkbox in the list of roles to uninstall Hyper-V.

Deselect the Hyper-V role to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 or 2019

The popup window opens. Check the features that you are about to remove. Select Remove management tools (if applicable) to remove Hyper-V Manager Windows tools. Click Remove Features.

Removing Hyper-V features in Windows Server

Features. There is no need to remove custom features when you uninstall Hyper-V. Leave features configuration as is.

The list of features in the Remove Roles and Features wizard

Confirmation. Check all items that are going to be removed. Select the checkbox if you want your server to restart automatically when the Hyper-V role is removed. Otherwise, you need to restart Windows manually for changes to take effect and finish Hyper-V uninstallation. Click Remove to finish and uninstall Hyper-V.

Restart of the server is required to uninstall Hyper-V

Using PowerShell

The PowerShell command to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 and 2019 is not the same as in Windows 10.

Open PowerShell as administrator.

Run the following command to uninstall Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016:

Remove-WindowsFeature -Name Hyper-V

Using PowerShell to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016

Restart the server to finish the removal process.

Issues that Can Occur

Sometimes issues may occur when you try to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 or 2019. Let me explain some common issues and offer recommendations to help fix these issues.

Case 1

If you see a message that Windows cannot uninstall Hyper-V components, try to check system files and their storage. Different error codes are displayed, for example, 0x800F0831, 0x80073701, etc. Use command line tools to fix this issue. Open the command line (CMD) with administrative privileges and run the following commands.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

sfc /scannow

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All

After executing these commands, logs are written to CBS.log and dism.log. Logs are useful for troubleshooting.

Case 2

Hyper-V is not uninstalled because a virtual network adapter or a virtual switch created by Hyper-V is present in a host Windows system. Remove virtual Hyper-V network adapters, and try to uninstall Hyper-V again. Here are some posts about Hyper-V network adapters and virtual switches from our blog.

Case 3

You disable Hyper-V but after reboot, Hyper-V is enabled again. A possible cause may be that a group policy is set to enable Hyper-V automatically on login after each boot. A system administrator should edit group policy configuration to fix this issue. Remember, that Device Guard and Credential Guard are features using Hyper-V to work in Windows. Check Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Device Guard in the group policy editor to make sure that there are no settings to force run Device Guard on a Windows machine.

Conclusion

This blog post has explained how to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. “How to uninstall Hyper-V in Windows?” is a popular question among users. Hyper-V can be uninstalled with a graphical user interface or a command line interface in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016/2019. The workflow is different for Windows 10 and Windows Server operating systems. If you have uninstalled Hyper-V, you can use another hypervisor to run virtual machines. Read the blog post about Hyper-V vs VMware and Hyper-V vs VirtualBox comparison to make the right choice.

Remember to back up your virtual machines to protect your data. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a product that supports backup of VMware VMs and Hyper-V VMs. Download the Free Edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication from the official website and try the product to protect your virtual machines.

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