How to Install and Setup Kali Linux 2020.2 in Hyper-V on Windows Operating System



In this blog post, I will show you how to install and setup Kali Linux 2020.2 in Hyper-V. Since Hyper-V is shipped with Windows OS (Except Home Edition), chances are that you already have Hyper V available in your system, ready to be used.

What is Hyper-V

Hyper V is a virtualization software from Microsoft which allows you to run multiple Operating system on your Windows Machine. Hyper V is exactly like VMware Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox, except that Hyper V is from Microsoft and is available for free for almost all the versions of Windows except Home version.

  1. You can also install Kali Linux 2020.2 in VMware Player 15, which is free for non commercial use. Please follow my blog to install Kali Linux 2020.2 in VMware Player 15.
  2. To Install Kali Linux using Kali Linux official Image, please follow my post How to use Kali Linux Official Image to install Kali Linux in VMware 15 and VirtualBox 6
  3. To Install Kali Linux 2020.2 in VMware Workstation pro 15, Please follow my post Step by Step Guide – How to Install Kali Linux 2020.2 and VMware Tools in VMware Workstation 15 Pro
  4. To Install Kali Linux 2020.2 in VirtualBox 6, Please follow my post How to install Kali Linux 2020.2 in VirtualBox 6
  5. If you want to install previous version of Kali Linux which is 2019 VMware Workstation 15 Pro, please follow my post on how to install Kali Linux 2019 in VMware Workstation 15

Download Kali Linux ISO image

To install the Kali Linux, we will have to first get the installer ISO image file. You can get it by visiting the official download page.
For this blog I chose the “Kali Linux 64-Bit (Installer)” iso 20201.2 which has a file size of around 3.6 GB

Kali Linux official download page

Kali Linux official download page

Which Windows Version Supports Hyper V and how to Enable it

Since Hyper V is a part of Windows OS, separate installation is not required. But Hyper-V is not enabled by default and to use it, it needs to be enabled. To enable Hyper V, the following requirements must be met.

  • Windows 10 Enterprise, Professional, or Education
  • 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-c on Intel CPU’s)
  • Minimum of 4 GB memory.
  • The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on Windows 10 Home.

For detailed discussion please go through my blog on how to enable Hyper V in Windows.

Enable Virtualization Technology either Intel VT-x or AMD-V

To enable Hyper V, system must have Virtualization Technology Enabled in BIOS. For AMD processors, Virtualization is enabled by default, but in the case of Intel, VT-x may not be enabled by default. So, there are steps to be followed to enabled Intel VT in BIOS or UEFI. Please follow my post on Step by step guide to enable Intel VT-x or AMD-V in BIOS or UEFI in Windows 10 and Windows 8.

Before you start installing Kali Linux, we will have to create network connection switch first. Please follow the steps below

  • Open Hyper-V Manager
  • Click Virtual Switch Manager under action on the right pane in Hyper-V Manger screen

    Hyper V- Virtual Switch Manager

    Hyper V- Virtual Switch Manager

  • Select External and click on create virtual switch.

    Hyper V Manager - Create New Virtual switch

    Hyper V Manager – Create New Virtual switch

  • In the Virtual Switch properties dialog box, specify the name of your choice of the virtual switch and under Connection Type -> External Network, select your system Ethernet card. You can select WiFi card also. But for me the installation succeeded with Ethernet card. Click on OK to complete the process.

    Hyper V Manger - Virtual Switch Properties

    Hyper V Manger – Virtual Switch Properties

Once you have Hyper V setup successfully, Please follow the below steps to Install Kali Linux 2020

Step 1 – Open Hyper V Manager

First step is to open Hyper V manager. If you have setup everything correctly, you can search for Hyper-V Manager in Taskbar or you can find the shortcut in Start Menu under Windows Administrative tools.

On the right hand side you will see New-> Virtual Machine. Click on Virtual Machine to launch New Virtual Machine Wizard and click Next.

Hyper-V Manager Screenshot

Hyper-V Manager Screenshot

Hyper-V Manager - New Virtual Machine Wizard Screenshot

Hyper-V Manager – New Virtual Machine Wizard Screenshot

Step 2 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Specify Name and Location

In this dialog box, please enter the name of the Virtual Machine. In Our case, we can name our Virtual machine as Kali Linux. But you can specify anything according to your preference. There is a checkbox to chnage the location where the Virtual Machine Files will be created. If you leave this unchecked, default location will be used. Else Check the box to change the location. I normally leave it as default. But if you have disk space constraints, it better to specify the location in a different disk drive.

Hyper-V Manager - New Virtual Machine Wizard - Specify Name and Location Screenshot

Hyper-V Manager – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Specify Name and Location Screenshot

Step 3 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Specify Generation

These days you can create two versions(Generation) of Virtual Machines. The latest one is Generation 2. Before generation 2 type virtual machines came into existence, there was nothing like generation 1 virtual machines. All virtual machines were the same. But from generation 2 virtual machines, older virtual machines were called generation one virtual machines. Generation one virtual machines supports legacy hardware. Generation 2 Provides the following new functionality on a virtual machine:

  • PXE boot by using a standard network adapter
  • Boot from a SCSI virtual hard disk
  • Boot from a SCSI virtual DVD
  • Secure Boot (enabled by default)
  • UEFI firmware support

But lets not complicate things for ourselves and choose Generation 1 and click next.

Hyper-V Manager - New Virtual Machine Wizard - Specify Generation dialog box Screenshot

Hyper-V Manager – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Specify Generation dialog box Screenshot

Step 4 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Assign Memory

In this dialog box you will have to specify the amount of RAM you want to allocate to the virtual machine once the virtual machine is turned on. By default it is 1GB(1024 MB), but I normally prefer 2GB(2048 MB). For this installation I used 8 GB (8192 MB) Also, check Use Dynamic Memory for this Virtual Machine. This will allow Hyper V to adjust RAM according to the requirement of the Virtual machine.

Hyper V Manager - New Virtual machine Wizard - Assign Memory dialog box screenshot

Hyper V Manager – New Virtual machine Wizard – Assign Memory dialog box screenshot

Step 5 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Configure Network

For virtual machines to be be able to communicate with other virtual machines or internet, it should have a network adapter. In this dialog box you will have to specify the network adapter. Please choose connection(external virtual virtual switch) from the drop down menu and click on next.

Hyper V Manager - New Virtual machine Wizard - Configure Network dialog box screenshot

Hyper V Manager – New Virtual machine Wizard – Configure Network dialog box screenshot

Step 6 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Connect Virtual Hard Disk

Virtual Machines require hard disk space. This is the place where you decide how much disk space you want to allocate to the virtual machine. For Kali, its recommended to select around 60 GB of disk space. Give Virtual disk a name of your choice. Please note that, not all of the allocated disk space will be used during the installation process. It is dynamically created, that is it will expand as the usage grows with the maximum limit of what you specify as the virtual disk size. Give the name of the virtual hard disk, specify the disk space and click next.

Hyper V - Kali LInux Installation wizard - connect virtual hard disk

Hyper V – Kali LInux Installation wizard – connect virtual hard disk

Step 7 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Installation Option

In this dialog box you will be asked to specify the setup media. Check Install an operating system from bootable CD/DVD-ROM -> Image File. Browse to the downloaded ISO image file and click next.

Hyper V Manager - New Virtual machine Wizard - Installation Options dialog box screenshot

Hyper V Manager – New Virtual machine Wizard – Installation Options dialog box screenshot

Step 8 – New Virtual Machine Wizard – Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard

This dialog box will show you the summary of the options you have selected. Click Finish to create the Virtual Machine. You will see the process for creating new virtual machine will begin. At the end end you will see Hyper-V Manager with the newly created virtual machine under Virtual Machine Box.

Hyper V Manager - New Virtual machine Wizard - Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard dialog box screenshot

Hyper V Manager – New Virtual machine Wizard – Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard dialog box screenshot

Step 9 – Hyper-V Manager- Virtual Machine Settings

After the virtual machine is created, you will see the name of the virtual machine listed under Virtual Machines.

Hyper V manager

Hyper V manager

Right click on the name of the virtual manager and click on settings to change Virtual machine Options. You will also see settings option on the right hand side, as shown in the screenshot below.

Hyper V_manager - Virtual Machine settings

Hyper V_manager – Virtual Machine settings

You can change the following most common virtual machine startup settings such as memory, network, CPU and so on…

  1. Change Allocated Memory

    here you can specify the memory with which the Virtual machine will start or boot. I normally choose 2048 MB(2 GB) and always check Enable Dynamic Memory. But for this installation, I used 8 GB (8192 MB)

    Hyper V - Virtual Machine - Memory Settings

    Hyper V – Virtual Machine – Memory Settings

  2. Change the number of Virtual processor

    Here you can specify the number of Virtual processors. Normally I set it to 2. It depends on the actual CPU your system has. Since I have i7 CPU (Which has 8 cores), I Normally allocate 2 core to the Virtual Machine.

    Hyper V Manager - Specify Processors for Virtual machine

    Hyper V Manager – Specify Processors for Virtual machine

  3. IDE Controller

    Here you can create virtual Hard drives and DVD drives. By default, one Hard Disk and one DVD drive is created. If you want additional ones, you can create it here.

    Hyper V Manager - Virtual Machine Settings - IDE Controller

    Hyper V Manager – Virtual Machine Settings – IDE Controller

  4. Network Adapter

    Here you can specify the network adapter to use for the Virtual machine.

    Hyper V Manager - Virtual machine Network Adapter settings

    Hyper V Manager – Virtual machine Network Adapter settings

  5. Floppy Drive

    Here you can specify the floppy drive. Floppy drives and things of the the past and almost extinct. You can leave it as default which is none.

    Hyper V Manager - Virtual machine Floppy Drive settings

    Hyper V Manager – Virtual machine Floppy Drive settings

  6. Change Virtual machine name

    If you wish to change the name of the virtual machine, you can do it here.

    Hyper V manager - Virtual machine Name

    Hyper V manager – Virtual machine Name

Step 10 – Start Installation Process

Till now we have created and configured a new virtual machine. Now lets start the installation process by right clicking on the name of the virtual machine in Hyper V manager and selecting connect. You can see connect option on the right side of Hyper V manager as shown in the below screenshot.

Hyper V Manager - Connect Virtual machine

Hyper V Manager – Connect Virtual machine

After you click on connect, you will be see a new window open asking you to start the Virtual Machine. Click on start.

Hyper V - Start Virtual Machine

Hyper V – Start Virtual Machine

Step 7 – Select Graphical Install from Boot Menu

Here you will see many options. Select Graphical Install using the down arrow key and click continue.

Kali linux installation boot menu screenshot

Kali linux installation boot menu screenshot

Step 8 – Select a Language

In this dialog box you will be asked to select a language. Please select a language and continue. This option sets your language in the Kali Linux Operating system. Default is English.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Select a Language Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Select a Language Screenshot

Step 9 – Select Location

In this dialog box you will be asked to select a Location. Please select a location and continue. This option sets your Location in the Kali Linux Operating system. later on, you will be able to set the time zone based on the location you choose here.

Install Kali Linux 2019 - Select Location Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Select Location Screenshot

Step 10 – Configure the Keyboard

In this dialog box you will be asked to select the keyboard layout. Please select a Keyboard layout using the arrow keys and click continue. This option sets your Keyboard in the Kali Linux Operating system. By default it is set to American English.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Configure keyboard Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Configure keyboard Screenshot

After you click continue, you will see the installation progresses for some them you see the Network Configuration dialog box, which is the next step.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Installation progress Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Installation progress Screenshot

Step 11 – Configure the Network – Enter Hostname

In this dialog box you will be asked to enter the hostname for your system. This being a home network, we can set anything. Enter any anything and click continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Configure the Network Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Configure the Network Screenshot

Step 12 – Configure the Network – Enter domain name

In this dialog box you will be asked to enter the domain name for your system. This being a home network, we can set anything like example.com

 Install Kali Linux 2020 - Configure the Network- Enter Domain Name Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Configure the Network- Enter Domain Name Screenshot

Step 13 – Set User account and password

In this dialog box you will be asked create an account other than the root user. Please note that this is the user other than the root user. Please type your name and click continue

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Set up Users name  Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Set up Users account Screenshot

Now you will be asked to provide the user name again. I use the same name as the account name in the previous screen.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Set up Users name  Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Set up Users name Screenshot


You will be asked to setup a password of the user you created. Enter the password. We will login with this username and password once the installation completes.

Kali Linux Installation - set user password

Kali Linux Installation – set user password

Step 14 – Configure Clock

In this dialog box you will be asked to time zone based on the location you selected earlier. Please enter a time zone of your choice and click continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Configure Clock Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Configure Clock Screenshot

Step 15 – Partition Disk

In this dialog box you are asked how you would like to partition your disk. Select Guided – Use entire disk and click continue. This is the default option.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Partition Disk Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Partition Disk Screenshot


In this dialog box you are asked to select a disk to partition. Select sda, Msft Virtual disk. There should be only one option. Click Continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Select Disk to Partition Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Select Disk to Partition Screenshot

Step 16 – Select partition scheme

In this dialog box you are asked to select a scheme for disk partition. Select the default, All files in one partition and click Continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Disk Partitioning Scheme Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Disk Partitioning Scheme Screenshot

Step 17 – Disk partition Overview

In this dialog box you are see the summary of your disk partition. Select the Finish Partitioning and Write changes to disk which should be selected by default. All you have to do is to click continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Disk Partition Overview Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Disk Partition Overview Screenshot

Step 18 – Disk partition Confirmation

In this dialog you are asked to confirm Write changes to disk. Select yes and click continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Disk Partition Confirmation Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Disk Partition Confirmation Screenshot

Step 19 – Installation starts

Now the actual installation starts. Wait for Configure the Package Manager Dialog box to appear.

Kali Linux - Installation begins

Kali Linux – Installation begins

Step 19 – Configure the package manager – HTTP Proxy

In this dialog box you will ask if you wish to HTTP proxy. Leave it blank and click continue.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Configure the Package Manager - HTTP proxy Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Configure the Package Manager – HTTP proxy Screenshot

Installation process will continue. Wait for sometime and let the process continue.

Kali Linux Installation

Kali Linux Installation

Installation will continue… please have patience.

Kali Linux 2020 Installation progress

Kali Linux 2020 Installation progress

Installation will continue. Wait for the process to complete. This can take a long time. So have patience.

Step 20 – Software Selection

In this screen, you will have to specify what software you want to install. I accept the default and accept it as it is. Click continue to proceed.

Kali Linux 2020 installation - Software selection

Kali Linux 2020 installation – Software selection


This step took around 2 hours to complete. So have patience

Kali Linux Installation progress

Kali Linux Installation progress

After all the files are retrieved, the installation will begin as shown in the below screenshot.

Kali Linux Installation progress

Kali Linux Installation progress

Step 27 – Install GRUB boot loader

In this dialog box you will be asked if you would like to install the GRUB boot loader. Select Yes and click Continue.

Install GRUB Boot Loader Screenshot

Install GRUB Boot Loader Screenshot

Step 21 – Install GRUB boot loader

In this dialog box you will be asked if you would like to install the GRUB boot loader. Select Yes and click Continue.

Install GRUB Boot Loader Screenshot

Install GRUB Boot Loader Screenshot

Step 21 – Select device for GRUB boot loader Installation

In this dialog box you will be asked to select boot loader device for GRUB installation. Select /dev/sda and click Continue.

Select GRUB Boot Loader Device

Select GRUB Boot Loader Device

Installation will continue. Wait for the process to complete.

Kali Linux Installation progress

Kali Linux Installation progress

Kali Linux Installation progress

Kali Linux Installation progress

Step 22 – Installation Complete

Installation will continue and now you will see Installation complete dialog box. Click continue to finalize the installation and wait for the VM to reboot. After reboot you will see the boot loader screen.

Install Kali Linux 2020 - Installation Complete Screenshot

Install Kali Linux 2020 – Installation Complete Screenshot

Process Complete

After the VM starts, you will see the Grub boot loader. Select Kali GNU/Linux.

Kali Linux - Grub loader

Kali Linux – Grub loader

Login with your credential you created. Enter your username and Password

Kali Linux login screen

Kali Linux login screen

You will be logged into Kali Desktop 2020.

Kali Linux home screen

Kali Linux home screen

That’s it, you are done. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  • Denis March 29, 2019, 5:31 pm Link Reply

    Hi,
    Step 10: “You will see Virtual Machine Start up and eventually you should see Kali Installation screen.”

    LOL from where could I see Kali install screen?? There is a boot error as Kali is not installed, you don’t say anything about which file to put in the disk used by the VM…..

    • Shailesh Jha March 30, 2019, 9:42 am Link Reply

      Denis,

      In Step 7, you will have to specify the downloaded .ISO image. This image will be used for Installing Kali Linux.

      • Denis March 31, 2019, 9:01 pm Link Reply

        Shailesh,
        Thank you, but seems that there is a problem: I got an ISO file from https://www.kali.org/downloads/, selected it, and a “Creating new virtual machine” popup came. But after 1 hour I gave up and deleted the process. Nothing was created in the selected place, nothing was installed…
        I tried with 2 various distro (mate and kde), nothing…

        • Shailesh Jha April 1, 2019, 7:09 pm Link Reply

          I tried to recreate the problem and used kali-linux-2019.1-amd64.iso to install Kali Linux in Hyper-V. It worked fine for me and was able to install Kali 2019.

          If it is talking such a long time, it means that you have not provided sufficient RAM and CPU. I used 4 GB RAM and 2 Core CPU. Increase the RAM and CPU. Please let me know if you face any issues.

          To increase RAM and CPU, please refer to my blog, Step 9.

  • Kyle Patrick Donovan April 18, 2019, 2:32 am Link Reply

    When I got to the partition screen, it wants to use all of my disk space. How did you get it to 64.4 gigs? I don’t know to change how big the partition is.

  • Kyle Patrick Donovan April 18, 2019, 2:44 am Link Reply

    My partition doesn’t say VMware? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

  • AK May 11, 2019, 2:09 am Link Reply

    Excellent write-up!
    Given all the different .iso options on the Kali Linux Download page, maybe you could specify in the early steps that for your particular example, you chose the “Kali 64 bit Linux” iso (https://cdimage.kali.org/kali-2019.1a/kali-linux-2019.1a-amd64.iso).

    • Shailesh Jha May 11, 2019, 11:08 am Link Reply

      Thanks AK for your suggestion, I have made the changes to my blog.

  • Jason September 26, 2019, 5:58 am Link Reply

    This guide worked perfectly … thank you !!

  • KIganda October 10, 2019, 6:49 pm Link Reply

    How do I install Parrot sec Os using virtual hyper v windows, tried using this Kali Linux tutorial but failed , gives a black screen.

  • Opah October 11, 2019, 1:19 pm Link Reply

    How to configure the Wifi in Kali?

  • nb0512 November 14, 2019, 12:48 am Link Reply

    hi Shailesh,
    Thanks for the write-up. Everything went smoothly until I connect to the VM and click the Start button in Step 6, it comes with a white pop-up screen saying: ‘The application failed to start’, of course without any explanation why. I created both G1 and G2 VM’s and even loaded a 3rd G2 VM with Linux Mint Cinnamon; all come with the same error.
    Win10 Pro on Lenovo S540 i7 with 8G RAM, 50GB free on C:\Windows. Any thoughts?

  • nb0512 November 14, 2019, 1:22 am Link Reply

    Solved! Persistent googling led me to type ‘net localgroup administrators SERVICE /delete’ in a command prompt and… bingo! all 3 VM’s now run.

    • Shailesh Jha November 14, 2019, 9:20 am Link Reply

      This is new to me too. I did not face this problem. Thanks a lot.

  • Lizz March 19, 2020, 9:11 pm Link Reply

    I’m setting up a virtual machine to use for my CNS studies, and CTF competitions, and I got my virtual machine running Kali Linux, but there was nowhere in the setup process to set a root password, so how I go about setting the root password, so I can perform su commands in the terminal? I’m taking a Linux for System Administrators course that requires a lot of root access.

  • Scott Jernigan April 5, 2020, 4:00 am Link Reply

    Excellent guide, thank you!

  • John S April 5, 2020, 10:13 pm Link Reply

    Worked great! Thank you for the post. I will be following you for future posts!

  • Dhanu April 18, 2020, 12:56 pm Link Reply

    Thank You so much for step by step guide. It is really really helpful. I was able to setup Kali Linux on my Win 10. Appreciate your help.
    Looking forward for more blogs.

    Regards,
    Dhanalaxmi Otari

  • Naveen May 12, 2020, 9:49 pm Link Reply

    Sir your blog is helpful,I installed kali Linux in a acer laptop which ram is 4gb.when open kali Linux it’s too lag and frize pc, what can I do.
    Download 64 bit iso file
    It demend approximate 3gb ram.
    Plese help me

  • Ash June 28, 2020, 8:42 am Link Reply

    Thank you for the help in setting Kali Linux in Hyper-V. Works great!!!

  • Brian July 2, 2020, 12:01 pm Link Reply

    Thank you!

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