Cannot launch any virtual machines on a Hyper-V host server (Windows Server 2016 Standard). Following error message is displayed when trying to start a VM:

Error: Virtual machine could not be started

Hyper-V Manager
An error occurred while attempting to start the selected virtual machine(s).
<VM-NAME> failed to start.
Virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running.


Running systeminfo in command prompt shows that the host is ready for Virtualisation:

systeminfo output

However, this also means that hypervisor is not running. When hypervisor is running systeminfo should return following:

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

To resolve this, run following command to enable hypervisor in bcdedit:

bcdedit /set {current} hypervisorlaunchtype auto

To confirm, that hypervisor is now enabled, run bcdedit again and look for the following line:

hypervisorlaunchtype - Auto

After rebooting the server virtual machines started with no issues.

November 2018
Windows Server 2018 Standard


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