As the PC makers seem to have some problems getting the Haswell based ultrabooks to market, I decided to get MacBook Air 2013 (MBA 13 i5 model) and use it as my main development machine with the help of Boot Camp. Unfortunately I encountered a deal breaker: I couldn’t turn on Hyper-V in Windows 8:
Hyper-V cannot be installed: Virtualization support is disabled in the firmware
Hyper-V is required when one wants to do Windows Phone 8 development, which I do quite much.
But fortunately, there’s a fix for this, though it has couple problems:
- It costs money
- The solution is just bizarre
In order to enable Hyper-V you have to follow these steps:
- Boot the computer into Mac OS X
- Purchase (or get the trial), download and install Parallel Desktop for Mac
- Reboot back to Windows 8
And that’s it, the Hyper-V is now available.
If you turn off the computer at some point, the Hyper-V gets disabled until you boot into Mac OS X and run the Parallel Desktop again. So it’s better just to put the MacBook to sleep.
Bizarre, isn’t it?
I suppose this is just a bug in the firmware as MBA 12 seems to support the Hyper-V just fine. But, until the bug is fixed, this works as a workaround. Thanks to TigerG for posting his findings at MacRUmors.