Microsoft launches free Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines

Developers who want to start writing apps for Windows 11 or just regular users curious to see Microsoft’s latest operating system can download the official virtual machines provided by Microsoft for free. The company has once again updated its virtual machines full of developer tools, giving users access to Windows 11 2022 Update, Visual Studio 2022, WSL and other utilities.

It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft’s Windows 11-based virtual machines aren’t completely free. You can use these virtual machines for free until January 10, 2023. After this date, Microsoft will ask you to activate Windows like any other virtual machine or local installation (you can activate it with a genuine key and continue to use it). ‘utilize). However, two months should be enough for developers to familiarize themselves with the following elements:

  • Windows 11 Enterprise SKU (Evaluation)
  • Visual Studio 2022 Community Edition with UWP, .NET Desktop, Azure, and Windows App SDK for C# workloads
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 with Ubuntu pre-installed
  • Windows Terminal
  • Developer mode

Official Windows 11 virtual machines come in four flavors for different virtualization software: VMWare, Hyper-V, VirtualBox (which recently received full Windows 11 support), and Parallels. You need at least 20 GB of free disk space to start with one of these virtual machines. You will find all the details and links to download on the official website.

Christy J. Olson