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Microsoft has updated the development environment for Windows 11 to version 22H2. It is a collection of Windows 11 virtual machines (VMWare, Hyper-V Gen2, VirtualBox, and Parallels) that are free to use for testing purposes while also enabling developers to create and test software in a secure environment.


Virtual machines running Windows 11 Enterprise 22H2 are now free to download and have a May 2023 expiration date. Following then, in order to keep using it, you will need to get a license. Continue reading to learn more about the tools that are part of these VMs in detail and to download the virtual environments.


Download Windows 11 version 22H2 virtual machines
Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines for developers


  • A set of updated Windows 11 version 22H2 (build 22621.1265) 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 21GB 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 latest 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 21GB 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 or download a fresh new VM published by the company.



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 (build 22621.1265) 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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