As historically happened for Windows 10, Microsoft has released four new images of Windows 11 virtual machines intended for use with as many virtualization solutions: Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMware and Parallels.
The novelty is that all images are now based on Windows 11 22H2 updated with the Windows 11 Moment 3 package, presented in May 2023.
Virtual machine images weigh a lot, about 20-25 GB, because they are real Windows 11 installations ready and running (as we will explain further on, they also integrate additional software components which are rather bulky…): just create a new virtual machineadd the image of the virtual disk and boot the system to be presented with a fully functional instance of the Microsoft operating system.
Ready-made Windows 11 Enterprise virtual machine images: what they contain and how to download them
The installation image is edition-based Windows 11 Enterprise and also integrates the Visual Studio 2022 Community Edition package with UWP, .NET Desktop, Azure and Windows App SDK for C# already enabled: it is therefore a configuration mainly intended for developers.
The virtual machines Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMware and Parallels also contain Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) with Ubuntu already pre-installed and use Windows Terminal as the command line interface.
You can then automatically use nested virtualization to load an Ubuntu VM image with WSL 2 into the virtualized Windows 11 Enterprise instance.
Windows 11 images for virtual machines can be downloaded for free from here and can be used without restrictions until September 13, 2023.
In another article we saw how you can concretely start Windows 11 from an already configured virtual machine using the images made available by Microsoft on its website.
Extend the expiration of Windows 11 images: here’s how
Microsoft publishes new ones on a regular basis virtual machine updates Windows 11 that postpone the deadline by one or more months.
You can still use the command
slmgr.vbs -rearm to postpone the final deadline up to three times (therefore up to a maximum of 90 days).
As happens in the case of versions of assessment of Windows 10, it is possible to convert Windows Enterprise into the full version: to do so, however, the procedure is not immediate because in the folder
%systemroot%\system32\spp\tokens\skus you must first copy the token fixed that allow the activation of the image with a Product Key di Windows 11 Enterprise.
The Redmond giant says that virtual machines like the ones just presented are designed for those who want to get started create quickly windows applications using the latest OS release, developer tools, SDK packages, and ready-to-use examples. It’s a quick, easy, and free way to check out what Windows 11 and its toolbox have to offer developers.
In another article we talked about Win32 programs and made a brief excursus about Windows programming.