How to Run Windows 11 on Virtual Machine (VM) ?

Microsoft has announced the new operating system, Windows 11, rolling out the official version later this year. However, the beta preview is available to use, but if you don’t want to risk your current version of Windows 10 with bugs, then you can use Virtual Machine.

Virtual Machine lets you use Windows on top of your main OS. However, to avoid any issues with your current OS, it is better to install a secondary system. Here, we will explain to you how to run Windows 11 on Virtual Machine (VM).

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Steps to Install Windows 11 on Virtual Machine

Follow the given steps to download Windows 11 on VM.

  1. First, you need to download the VMware Workstation
  2. Please select the correct version and install it
  3. It will ask for administrative privileges, agree to that
  4. Check the box with Add VMware Workstation Console tools into System Path
    VMware Workstation setup
  5. Click on Next and restart your PC after installation
  6. Now you need to create Windows 10 ISO file, create it by using the Windows Media creation tool
  7. Now, start VMware and set up
  8. When you open it, there will be three options to click on Create a New Virtual Machine.
  9. Select the Configuration Type Typical, and click on Next.
  10. Now, you need to locate the ISO file or Install an OS later
  11. Select the Installer disc image file iso option, browse and select the windows 10 iso file
    Install Disc
  12. Select Microsoft Windows OS and version Windows 10 x64, then click on Next.
    Select OS
  13. Name your machine and click on Next.
  14. Allow the storage space to be used. The minimum size is 60GB. Click Next
    Specify Disk Space
  15. Now, tap on Customize Hardware option and set the RAM, processors, and other components.
  16. Select Finish and close options
  17. You can see the specifications of Virtual Machine on the left side and the Power On option on the top side.
  18. Click on the Power on this virtual machine button and start Virtual Machine

Now, check if the Virtualization is On or not. If not, Enable it on your PC.

  1. In the Search bar on Windows main screen, type Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  2. In the command prompt, type systeminfo.exe and hit enter
  3. At the bottom of the screen, you will see Virtualization Enabled In Firmware. If it shows NO, then you need to enable it by following the given steps.
  4. Open Settings on your PC and click on Updates & Security
  5. From the left panel, click on Recovery, and from the right side, click on the Restart button
  6. Next, select Troubleshoot option and click on Advanced Options
  7. From this window, click on UEFI firmware settings.
  8. Next, press Restart
  9. Now, open the BIOS setup
  10. Click on System Configuration
  11. Look for the Virtualization Technology option and change it to Enabled.
  12. Save the changes and exit

Install Windows 10 on Virtual Machine

  1. Open VMware and start Windows 10 machine by pressing on Power on this virtual machine.
    Power ON Virtual Machine
  2. Click on Install Now button and enter your product key
  3. If you don’t have a product key, then make sure you click on the option I don’t have a product key
  4. Select the OS you want to install
  5. Wait for the installation to get completed
  6. Once Windows 10 is installed in your VM, enter the Microsoft Account and if you use Windows Insider Account, you can access your Dev Channel content.
  7. Open your real PC and go to Microsoft Page to create Insider Account
  8. On your newly installed VM, go to Settings and click on the Update & Security option
  9. From the left side, click on the Windows Insider Program option
  10. From the right side, click on Get Started
  11. Log in to Microsoft Account on the Windows 10 Virtual machine by using the Insider Account email address.
  12. Open Settings in VM and go to Windows Insider Program at the bottom of the Windows update section.
  13. Click on Get Started and Link an account.
  14. Select the Insider account which you have used to log in to your VM
  15. Select Dev Channel and click on confirm
  16. Then click on Restart Now
  17. Now, open Windows Update and check for the updates
  18. It will start downloading Windows 11
  19. Reboot your PC when prompted.


So, this is the trick to download Windows 11 on your Virtual Machine. We hope this article was helpful to you.

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