Microsoft has updated its free Windows 11 virtual machines for development environments. Even if you’re not a developer, you can download a ready-made trial Windows 11 virtual machine to try the operating system without upgrading your main computer.
Standard Windows 11 virtual machines require activation with a genuine key, just like a regular local installation of Windows. Official Microsoft Windows 11 virtual machines do not require immediate activation, but you can only use them for a limited time. The official website says that the new virtual machines are valid until September 11, 2022 (the previous version expires on July 10).
In addition to providing access to all the features of Windows 11 (Enterprise), Microsoft VMs include a set of ready-to-use developer tools such as Visual Studio 2022 (with UWP, .NET Desktop, Azure, and the Windows App SDK for C# workloads), Windows Subsystem for Linux with Ubuntu developer mode and Windows Terminal. These utilities allow developers to start developing right after installing the virtual machine.
You can download Microsoft Windows 11 virtual machines from the official website. Available options include options for VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, and Parallels. Please note that your PC must be compatible with Windows 11 to run official virtual machines, and you will also need at least 20 GB of free space.