Windows 10: Hyper-V - Native Boot VHD
Thanks for the detailed answer Kari!
I will go forward with live migration to another host instead!
One practical solution I didn't mention in my previous post is Macrium viBoot. Create a system image of your Windows installation on physical PC with Macrium Reflect, then with viBoot use that image as a Hyper-V virtual machine.
Not only do Microsoft offer Enterprise trial VHDs ready made as in the tutorial first post, Enterprise Developer VHDs (Left hand side, screenshot below), and Licensed (Right hand side) Pro Development VHD downloads are available:
The VHD (HyperV) download is about 20GB, and initially you will need about 65GB available for the 20GB zip archive, plus the extracted VHD & VM files, but you can then delete the zipfile if wished. It is best to allow at least 130GB for growth of the system with use. They do not need installation, just the OOBE routines for locale settings, user and EULA agreement etc. so they will often run on systems that complain about setup for unknown reasons.
Natively booting the VHD on a machine that is digitally licensed for Pro, in place of your existing Windows 10 Professional copy gives you the full configured Windows development tools, which you can of course upgrade base system to Creators Update in a VM, and upgrade the component development kits as required, or alternatively wait until Microsoft update the Software in the Development VHDs, and download fresh, which seems to be every 3 months or so, so far.
You aren't limited to Hyper V, since other VM managers Like VirtualBox use VHDs as well.
It can be quite a surreal experience, leaving your native-booting VHD upgrading in a VM, and when you return some while later, your Native booting VHD is just ready to sign you in on the lock-screen, or if you have Netplwiz auto signed in, go straight to the desktop.
Just to clarify, you can only upgrade them as a VM. You can't upgrade a native boot VHD.
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