How to make the perfect Windows 11 virtual machine

How to make the perfect Windows 11 virtual machine

How can you check asenna windows 11 compatibility with essential apps? Without putting your work in danger It’s easy: Simply use the Hyper-V platform built into Windows 10 to create a virtual machine, and then install Windows 11. It is possible to run existing apps and services on the virtual machine, without compromising the stability or integrity of your “real” computer.

It is simple to create a virtual computer if your PC meets the requirements. The 64-bit enterprise edition or business edition of Windows Pro must be used. Hyper-V support is not available in the Home edition. Your CPU and related hardware must also meet certain requirements. For this walkthrough, I assume that you are using Windows on a computer with an Intel or AMD-supported CPU. The rules for Arm-based CPUs are different. This test is easy for most modern CPUs. (For more information, please see “Windows 10 Tip: Find out whether your computer can run Hyper-V.”

Your virtual machine will also require sufficient physical resources. I recommend that you have at least 8GB of memory and enough local storage to store a complete installation of Windows, apps, checkpoints, and other files (32GB should suffice).

You will also need to have a copy in ISO format of Windows 11 installation files. This file can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Download Windows 11 webpage by selecting the Download Windows 11 Disk Image(ISO) option.

These preliminaries are now complete. All of the steps are the same for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

1. Click Start, and then type Hyper-V into the search box. Hyper-V Manager utility can be opened to enable it. Click to open the Windows Features dialog box and choose Hyper-V.

2. Make sure that Hyper-V Manager has your name selected in the middle pane. Next, click on Actions to the right and select New > Virtual Machine.

3. Use the following settings in the New Virtual Machine wizard:

  • Enter Name and Location. This name will be displayed in the Hyper-V Manager window.
  • Select Generation. You can also choose Generation 2 from this page. You can’t install Windows 11 on a Generation 1 VM. This is only for legacy operating systems.
  • Assign memory – These default settings can be used. I recommend that you enter 4096 MB into the Startup Memory box if your host computer has at least 16GB RAM.
The default Dynamic Memory option reduces RAM usage and expands as necessary.

  • Configure Networking — Select Default Switch from the drop-down menu.
  • Connect Virtual Hard Drive – Choose the default option, Create a Virtual Hard Disk. It can be left at 127 GB. Hyper-V creates a virtual hard drive that expands dynamically and takes up only a fraction.
These default settings create an expanding virtual hard drive of 127 GB that dynamically expands and uses very little disk space.

    • Installation Options – Select the second option as shown here. Click Browse to select the Windows 11 ISO file from your Downloads folder.
To automatically mount your ISO file as a virtual DVD drive, you will need to specify the location of Windows 11.

4. To create the virtual machine click Finish, but do not connect to it yet. Instead, use Hyper-V Manager to right-click on the virtual machine you have just created and click Settings. Make the following adjustments to prevent Windows 11 from complaining later that your virtual machine doesn’t meet its hardware requirements.

    • Select Security in the Hardware pane. Next, select Security from the Hardware pane.
To enable virtual TPM for a Windows 11 VM, select this checkbox.

  • Select the Processor from the Hardware pane, and change the Setting for the Number of Virtual Processors to 2.
This tweak will also prevent you from getting an error message while installing Windows 11.

  • To save your changes, click OK

5. Double-click on the VM to connect to it. Make sure you click on the Virtual Machine Connection. Tap any key to start the virtual DVD that was created with your Windows 11 ISO. This will open the Windows Setup screen.

Once everything is configured correctly, you can start this page to perform a clean installation of Windows 11 on the new VM

6. To begin the installation, click next. Click the “I don’t have a Product Key” link at bottom of the dialog box to request one. Next, choose Windows 11 Pro from available editions. Follow the prompts for a complete setup.

You will need to make one final tweak if Windows has been configured to use a Microsoft account.

To sign in to a Windows 11 VM with a Microsoft account, you will need to disable this setting.

You’ll be stuck at Windows sign-in screen without a background image. It’s easy to fix this: Open the Virtual Machine Connection window and click View. Click Enhanced Session to clear that checkbox.

Log in to make changes to your account settings. Next, use the View menu for an enhanced session.