Virtualization Create Shortcut of Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows 11

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Hyper-V enables running virtualized computer systems on top of a physical host. These virtualized systems can be used and managed just as if they were physical computer systems, however they exist in virtualized and isolated environment. Special software called a hypervisor manages access between the virtual systems and the physical hardware resources. Virtualization enables quick deployment of computer systems, a way to quickly restore systems to a previously known good state, and the ability to migrate systems between physical hosts.

Hyper-V is only available on 64-bit versions of Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. Hyper-V is not available on the Home edition.

You can create a shortcut of a Hyper-V virtual machine to make it easier to directly connect and start the virtual machine. You can Pin to taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut of a Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

You must be signed in as an administrator to create and use a shortcut of a Hyper-V virtual machine.

EXAMPLE: Running Hyper-V virtual machine shortcut


Here's How:

1 Right click or press and hold on the Desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut. (see screenshot below)


2 Type the target below into the location box, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

vmconnect.exe localhost "VMName"

Substitute VMName in the target above with the virtual machine name (ex: "W10 UEFI") you want.

For example: vmconnect.exe localhost "W10 UEFI"


3 Type a name you want for this shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)


4 Right click or press and hold on the shortcut, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)


5 In the Shortcut tab, click/tap on the Advanced button. (see screenshot below)


6 Check Run as administrator, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)


7 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)


That's it,
Shawn Brink



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