Windows 11 has been making its way to the masses for around two months following its early October launch. As usual, Microsoft is rolling the platform out in stages, and the upgrade requirements have become much talked about. Either way, the result is tens of millions of people still do not have Windows 11 via automatic update (you can manually upgrade, however).
This is especially true in the enterprise world, where organizations will hold off on updating to a new platform. Maybe they hold off until Windows 11 stabilizes more, or they hold off for economic reasons… the latter explaining why some businesses still run Windows 7.
However, some situations such as app development require software creators to test new apps on the latest platform. So, for organizations in development or building their own apps, this presents a problem. To help those needs, Microsoft is debuting a virtual machine with Windows 11 Enterprise.
The virtual machine is available in four download configurations focused on the software being used: Hyper-V, Parallels, VMWare, VirtualBox. It comes with the following software available for evaluation purposes:
- “Window 11 Enterprise (evaluation)
- Windows 10 SDK, version 2004 (10.0.19041.0)
- Visual Studio 2019 (latest as of 10/09/21) with the UWP, .NET desktop, and Azure workflows enabled and also includes the Windows Template Studio extension
- Visual Studio Code (latest as of 10/09/21)
- Windows Subsystem for Linux enabled with Ubuntu installed
- Developer mode enabled
- Windows Terminal”
This enterprise-grade package can be downloaded now, weight a hefty 20GB. Microsoft points out the VM will be available until January 9, 2022 so enterprises should act quickly to install it.
Tip of the day: Do you often experience PC freezes or crashs with Blue Screens of Death (BSOD)? Then you should use Windows Memory Diagnostic to test your computers RAM for any problems that might be caused from damaged memory modules. It is a tool built which can be launched at startup to run various memory checks.