MS providing free Win 11 VMs but how do I use one?

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  1. glnz's Avatar
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    Dual-boot Win 7 & 10, both Pro 64-bit, now with a Hyper-V VM of Win 11
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       #11

    Bree - thanks for your post. If I
    'restore the VM (use the existing unique ID)' which will copy all the files to your Hyper-V folder
    will that overwrite my existing VM from three weeks ago, or will there be the two different VMs in my own single set of folders?
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       #12

    glnz said:
    Bree - thanks for your post. If I
    'restore the VM (use the existing unique ID)' which will copy all the files to your Hyper-V folder
    will that overwrite my existing VM from three weeks ago, or will there be the two different VMs in my own single set of folders?

    You can have as many VMs as you like, each will have its own separate name, ID, and .vhdx files. There is no risk of overwriting any existing VM when you import, in the rare event of clashing names or ID Hyper-V Manager will tell you so and won't let you import the VM.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #13

    Hi folks
    even easier if you have Macrium (Free edition is fine)

    download the HYPER-V version and then simply open it with Macrium's ViBoot. Your machine needs of course to be "Hyper-V Capable" so has to be a version > HOME edition.

    Actually the W11 HYPER-V version is a good way also to create a "Physical" W11 system from the VM without going through the hassle of setting up W11 the ist time - and it also bypasses the "W11 compatibility hardware check".

    create / merge the vhdx file(s) into a single vhdx file , attach it as a virtual disk, update the bootmanager (bcdboot) then boot the system. Update drivers by pointing to your current W10 system and using drivers in windows\system32\Driverstore

    Cheers
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #14

    I was surprised to see that the Windows 11 VM was a Generation 1, legacy BIOS, MBR disc VM, with an activated Windows 11 Pro installed. I would have thought that with the requirements for UEFI, TPM and Secure Boot for Windows 11, they would have done the VM with Generation 2 meeting all those requirements.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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       #15

    NavyLCDR said:
    I was surprised to see that the Windows 11 VM was a Generation 1, legacy BIOS, MBR disc VM, with an activated Windows 11 Pro installed. I would have thought that with the requirements for UEFI, TPM and Secure Boot for Windows 11, they would have done the VM with Generation 2 meeting all those requirements.
    Interesting. So MS are happy to provide a W11 VM that doesn't meet W11 system requirements. That is encouraging for those that are prepared to risk installing 11 on unsupported devices


    The reason is probably to avoid the problems I had when exporting/importing a generation 2 Hyper-V W11 VM.

    Bree said:
    I appear to have inadvertently created a Hyper-V Shielded VM, one that cannot be imported and run on any Host except the one it was created on....
    Inadvertently created a Hyper-V Shielded VM
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  6. MaloK's Avatar
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       #16

    After The installation the VM activation state is in notification mode, I believe at some point it's going to start nagging for a license or an Install key.

    Code:
    slmgr /dli
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #17

    MaloK said:
    After The installation the VM activation state is in notification mode, I believe at some point it's going to start nagging for a license or an Install key.

    Code:
    slmgr /dli
    Mine was activated with a digital license. You have to import the VM without the Unique ID option. You probably selected an option which gives the VM a unique ID. Mine was Hyper-V.
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  8. MaloK's Avatar
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    Windows 7
       #18

    I used the Vbox version And it always reports an hardware change at every boot and wont activate because of this... loll. that is why it is in notification mode at the moment.
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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       #19

    MaloK said:
    I used the Vbox version And it always reports an hardware change at every boot and wont activate because of this... loll. that is why it is in notification mode at the moment.
    Over on 11F jimbo45 is reporting something similar with the VMWare one....

    ...It doesn't give me an expiry date -- and can't do things like personalisation as it says "Windows must be activated" -- which you can't do - and in the EULA PDF it states explicitly that this software is evaluation and CANNOT (MUST NOT) be activated...
    Free Evaluation VM's from Ms - VMWare version Ms telling Porkies | Windows 11 Forum

    But in post #2 tomdsr points to the line in jimbo's EULA screenshot where "...It says pretty clearly: The software is licensed to you for sixty (60) days from the date of installation unless otherwise indicated in Exhibit A."

    So is it activated or not? And if not, will it run perfectly well for 60 days then stop working? Don't ask me, I'm just a Hyper-V user

    So is
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  10. MaloK's Avatar
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    Windows 7
       #20

    Microsoft Pampering their software users
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