Microsoft releases free Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines

Developers who want to start writing apps for Windows 11, or just regular users who are 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 is worth noting that Microsoft virtual machines based on Windows 11 are not completely free. You can use these virtual machines for free until January 10, 2023. After this date, Microsoft will ask you to activate Windows just like you would any other virtual machine or local installation (you can activate it with a genuine key and continue using it). However, two months should be enough for developers to familiarize themselves with the following:

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

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