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As the rollout of Windows 11 version 22H2 has received some momentum, Microsoft has decided to release new virtual machines for the developers to allow them to build and test applications in a controlled environment for free.


Windows 11 Enterprise version 22H2 virtual machines are now available to download for free, with an expiration date set to next year. After that, you will require to obtain a license to continue using it.


Microsoft releases Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines for developers
Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines for developers


  • Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines are now available for download.
  • Microsoft is offering these for free to try the new features.
  • The download size of the VMs is approximately 20GB size.
  • It comes bundled with Visual Studio 2022, and Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 with Ubuntu installed.
  • Windows Terminal is installed by default.


Developers can now download the official version of virtual machines from Microsoft for free to build and test applications for Windows 11. To make it a smooth journey, the company has bundled the following tools and applications in it:

  • Visual Studio 2022 Community Edition with UWP, .NET Desktop, Azure, and Windows App SDK for C# workloads enabled
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 with Ubuntu installed
  • Windows Terminal installed
  • Developer mode enabled



These virtual machines are available for these four virtualization platforms: VMWare, Hyper-V, Virtual Box, and Parallels. You will need at least 20GB of free space to get started with any of the mentioned VMs.


It is worth noting that these Windows 11 virtual machines have an expiration date of . Till that time you can use these for FREE. After that, you will need a license to activate Windows 11.



To be familiar with the new operating system and the tools, 2 months is enough. Isn't it? Navigate to the official Microsoft portal to get the Windows 11 Enterprise 22H2 virtual machine for free and start building Windows applications quickly with the latest versions of Windows, the developer tools, SDKs, and samples ready to go.


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