John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

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Vista SP1 Management Tools for Hyper-V RC0 download links

Vista SP1 Management Tools for Hyper-V RC0 download links

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Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC0 is pre-release software.

The Vista SP1 Management Tools for Hyper-V RC0 are now available for download. These include Hyper-V Manager, the MMC management console, and Virtual Machine Connection, which provides a remote console for virtual machines. After installation, Hyper-V Manager is available under Administrative Tools on the control panel. There is no direct shortcut created for Virtual Machine Connection.

In Windows Vista, Administrative Tools are not, by default available on the Start menu. However, if you right-click the Start button, choose properties and then click customize next to the Start menu option, down the bottom of the list is the option to "Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu".


Download the appropiate version according to the architecture of your Vista SP1 machine:

x86: Update for Windows Vista (KB949758)
x64: Update for Windows Vista x64 Edition (KB949758)

Windows Vista SP1 information and download links can be found here.

Please take a look at KB949758 for further information on this download, and KB949219 and my previous blog entry for further information on Hyper-V RC0 itself.


  • Yes, this is by design and note it is the "without Hyper-V" specific SKU, not generically Windows Server 2008. If you are not launching the Hypervisor (ie with the Hyper-V role enabled), there is no difference in power management capabilities in Server 2008 so you should be able to install a with Hyper-V SKU to enable remote management in your scenario.



  • Can anyone point me to a place to download KB949758 that actaully works?

  • Matt - I believe RC0 and RC1 have now been pulled since RTM is now available. Please follow the update section at the top of this post where you can find details of the RTM release.



  • All the tools installed on Vista SP1 except for Hyper-v Manager.  I've redownloaded and reinstalled several times, then checked to be sure all the tools are checked to install but I still do not get the manager.  Do you have any suggestions?  I've got a month old HP 64 bit machine that came with Vista SP1 and I've installed windows updates as they been issued.


  • Jerrold - RC0 is pre-release. Please try the RTM version, just in case (, but I've not heard of this issue on RC0 though.

    After installation, Hyper-V Manager should be present under the control panel/Administrative Tools. You can also access them from \program files\Hyper-V. If they're not there, can you email me the cbs.log file from \windows\logs\cbs. Please validate first that you are actually on Vista SP1 by checking the registry key under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\BuildLabEx.

    Can you also confirm which SKU of Vista you have - home/home premium/business/enterprise/ultimate etc.



  • Hi,

    i have same problem as Jerrold Morris. I have Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32 bit.


    Installed KB952627. But cannot find Hyper-V manager anywhere. In MMC is not as snap-in, under Program Files is not too.

    In logs, there is that all update installed succesfully.

    I am sending now you the cbs.log file via email.

    Thanks for reply

  • Predseda3D - you must use Business, Enterprise or Ultimate for the management tools. I believe the install will silently fail on Home SKUs.



  • @jhoward

    Good thing msft mentions that in the sys reqirements! yeargh!

    "Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista Service Pack 1" -- from download page

  • Thanks for your reply.

    On download page of KB952627 is only Vista with Service Pack 1.

    Funny thing is, that RSAT, which is only for Busines, Enterprise or Ultimate, works perfectly with Home Premium.

    I dont understand, why is Home SKUs not supported. Its only remote management, nothing more. Its like remote desktop.

  • I am getting the same error on windows vista home SP1,  Is it not supported by MS Hyper-V MMC ?  

    If so, seems MS left that part out..

  • I installed  x86: Update for Windows Vista (KB949758)  ...... But the hyper v manager icon is not found in the administrative tools.... Plz can any1 help me

  • Akhilesh - you should add 952627 which is the RTM Vista management pack.



  • Dear Akhilesh-- i am using Vista business 32 bit SP1 - , with that i installed the  "KB952627" ,     then i got Hyper-v manager window , in that icant able to creat the Virtual Machine ,              an error is comeing as     "Hyper-V is not beeen installed on computer "Localhost" " also i confirmed the VT option is enabled in bios ..... one morw i tried to downoad the "KB949758 " , i can't able to find the update in site ........ so kinldy help to get the calrity on the above issue .... how can i enable hardware level VT in vista OS (Either 32 bit or 64 bit ) ....

  • Dear akhilesh.......... One more can u share u rmail id . will post the screen shot of error occureing for me in

  • Prasath

    You should be using the RTM version of the client components which is KB952627 if using Vista.

    However, Hyper-V is a role in Windows Server 2008, not Vista. You can use the Vista client components to connect to another server which has the role installed. You do not need to enable VT on the client to remotely manage the server, and it does not matter whether the client machine is 32 or 64 bit. The server though has to have VT turned on and be running the 64 bit version of Windows Server 2008 (and have KB950050 installed on it too - the RTM update for Hyper-V).



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