To use local machines resource, you need to enable Hyper-V Enhanced Session mode. Follow these steps to do so.
By default, the enhanced mode is turned off or disabled. This is to restrict the guest operating systems from accessing the host resources like plugged-in devices and more. Thankfully, it is pretty easy to enable the enhanced mode in Hyper-V. Let me show you how.
What is Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode
Typically, guest operating systems in Hyper-V cannot access local system resources directly. However, oftentimes, it is useful to have access to them directly. For instance, having bidirectional clipboard access is a lifesaver at times. In those cases, you can enable Hyper-V Enhanced Session mode. Once enabled, the guest operating system gets access to a wide range of additional functionality.
That functionality includes direct access to plugged in USB drives, dynamic screen resizing, audio redirection, drive redirection, fully integrated clipboard support, printer access and redirection, etc.
All in all, if you are looking to extend the capabilities of your guest operating system installed in Hyper-V then enabling the built-in enhanced mode is pretty helpful.
The below settings will enable enhanced mode for all users on your system.
Enable Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode
There are two major steps to turn on enhanced session mode in Hyper-V. First, we need to enable the core policy. Once enabled, users using Hyper-V can activate enhanced mode for the guest operating system as and when needed with a single click.
Step 1: Enable Enhanced Mode Policy
1. First, open Hyper-V if it is not already opened. After opening, select your virtual host under Hyper-V Manager on the left panel.
2. Now, click on the “Hyper-V Settings” on the right panel.
3. The above action will open the settings window. Here, go to “Enhanced Session Mode Policy” appearing on the left panel. If you cannot see “Enhanced Session Mode Policy”, expand the Server tab.
4. On the right panel, select the “Allow enhanced session mode” checkbox.
5. Click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save changes.
Generally, it is not required to restart the system. However, just to make sure the changes are applied, reboot Windows.
Step 2: Activate Enhanced Mode
Once you enable the Enhanced Session Mode policy, you can turn on the mode as required when you are using the guest operating system.
To do that, simply select “Enhanced Session” under “View” tab appearing on the top navigation bar and you are good to go.
Disable Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode
1. Just like before, follow steps 1 through 3 in the above method.
2. Now, uncheck the “Allow enhanced session mode” checkbox on the right panel.
3. Click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save changes.
As I said before, it is not required to restart the system. However, just to make sure the changes are applied, reboot Windows. After rebooting, you will no longer see the “Enhanced Session” under the View tab in the navigation bar.
That is all. It is that simple to enable or disable enhanced mode in Hyper-V. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
If you like this article, do check out how to enable Windows Sandbox in Windows 10. It uses the stripped-down version of Hyper-V to make the sandbox possible.