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Win8 Hyper-V MB & OEM Systems Compatibilty


Copied from my blog post of the same name.

One vendor, Gigabyte,  has some serious issues with Hyper-V on some of their motherboards:

USB 3 related issues:  In some cases, if you have the USB3 controller mentioned, disabling or switching it to USB2 allows Hyper-V to work.

If you have an issue with your MB try the latest BIOS

Always do a cold boot (i.e. fully powered off for 10+ sec) after you make changes to/update the BIOS. If a laptop, pull the battery to ensure a cold boot.

MBs are known to have issues/or not work at all:
GA-MA785GMT-UD2H            <—  thx flanglewangle
GA-MA785GM-US2H                  <– thx mmickle
MBs known to work:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Asus M4A77D                                    <– thx vfanatic
Asus M4A785TD-M EVO               <–In BIOS, set suspend mode to S3 only
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
Asus P7P55D-E EVO                       <– thx Robert
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2         <– thx bthruxton
Biostar H55 HD
GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3                          <– Must disable USB 3.0 in BIOS
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD  <– update to BIOS U1A or later, cold boot after update
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
 Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P   <– Upgrade/downgrade to BIOS version F7, cold boot after update
OEM Systems
Known to work
Dell e4310 (tested config: i5 M 520, BIOS A03)
Dell e6330 (tested config: i5-3360M, BIOS A01)
Dell Inspiron 15-3521 <– requires  disabling USB Wake Support in BIOS see: TechNet Forums    <– thanks Ashen Lockhart
HP Envy DV7-7212NR <– requires updated Ralink Bluetooth driver see: HP support, FTP Driver Download
HP Envy M6-1106ER  <– requires updated Ralink Bluetooth driver see: HP support, FTP Driver Download
HP Pavilion G7-2270US <– requires updated Ralink Bluetooth driver see: HP support, FTP Driver Download
Microsoft Surface Pro
(If you have a working or non-working MB or OEM system with Win8+Hyper-V post a comment and I’ll add to the list)

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