FIX: Hyper-V could not be realized due to validation errors

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A number of users have stormed the online help forums to ask for assistance regarding the error Hyper-V could not be realized due to validation errors.

As the title of this article suggests, this error message will stop you from creating your Hyper-V setup and running virtual machines normally.

This will impede your advancement in any project you’re working on and is extremely frustrating.

This error message can appear for a variety of reasons, but the most common situation is either if you’re trying to import your data from a USB external device, if somehow your VM was corrupted, or if insufficient internal storage exists on the host machine.

Fortunately for you, in today’s article, we will discuss how to deal with this issue and get back to using Hyper-V normally. Read on to find out more.

What to do if Hyper-V could not be realized

1. Copy the files you’re trying to import to your hard-drive

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In most of the cases that we found mentioned on the online forums, users have tried importing VM data by connecting a USB to their PC and starting the process directly. This is one of the reasons for which this error appears.

In order to avoid seeing this error if you’re importing from a USB device, it is recommended that you first copy the files you want to import on your hard-drive and re-try the import process.

2. Make sure that the drives and directories being used actually existuser with laptop side - Hyper-v could not be realized due to validation errors

Even though this might seem like a lazy method to fix this issue, you would be surprised how many users managed to solve the issue like this.

When you are concentrating on the issue itself, sometimes it’s easy to forget some apparently simple stage in your process.

Please make sure that the drive to which you’re trying to import your files actually exists on the host machine. If this doesn’t solve your issue, please follow the next method.

3. Delete and re-create the Virtual Machine while keeping the VHDX file

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To delete VM:

  1. Open the Hyper-V Manager.
  2. Select the VM you want to delete -> right-click it -> select Delete.
  3. Press again on Delete to confirm.

To create a new VM:

  1. Inside the Hyper-V Manager -> click on your desired host from the left pane.
  2. Click the New option found in the right-hand Actions pane ->select Virtual Machine.
  3. Follow the rest of the wizard and set the characteristics you had in your previous VM.
  4. Follow the next method when reaching the virtual hard-disk configuration window.

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4. Point your VM to the VHDX file you kept

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  1. Click the Browse button -> navigate to the location of your VHDX file -> select it.
  2. Click Next inside the Wizard and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
  3. This should allow you to import your VM successfully.


The methods presented to you in this guide will cover all the required steps for you to be able to import data inside Hyper-V without seeing any error message.

Please let us know if this guide helped you by commenting below.

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