Windows 10: Just released Windows developer virtual machines September 2016 build


  1. Posts : 20,813
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       30 Sep 2016 #1

    Just released Windows developer virtual machines September 2016 build


    Today Iím happy to announce the first release of a developer ready, non-expiring (licensed) virtual machines. Last year, we released the evaluation VMs and we took the feedback to heart that you wanted a fully configured Windows 10 development environment that wonít expire.

    With these new VMs, all you need to do is insert your Windows 10 Pro license key and instantly can start developing without having to worry about installing all the tooling. The VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox, and VMWare flavors.

    These installs contain:


    If you donít currently have a Windows 10 Pro license, you can get one from the Microsoft Store. If you just want to try out Windows 10 and UWP, use the free evaluation version of the VMs. The evaluation copies will expire after a pre-determined amount of time.

    The Azure portal also has virtual machines you can spin up with the Windows Developer tooling installed as well!
    If you have feedback on the VMs, please provide it over at the Windows Developer Feedback UserVoice site.


    Source: Just released September 2016 build | Building Apps for Windows
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  2. Posts : 1,588
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       01 Oct 2016 #2

    Just for information since Download a Windows 10 virtual machine - Windows app development does not give any:

    It's a 19.2 GB download for the Hyper-V Windows 10 Professional (licensed) edition, and the server is not brilliantly fast - about an hour on my 50-60 Mbps broadband at 6 AM in the UK.

    It's a zip file called Win10Sysprep_1609_HyperV.zip, and the WinDev1609Sys.vhd is about 43 GB in size.

    The pre-determined expiry date is a bit mean for the evaluation version - 31 October 2016, just a month.
    Last edited by Fafhrd; 01 Oct 2016 at 00:47.
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  3.    01 Oct 2016 #3

    blog is self conflicted...

    how do they call it licensed edition when it still requires you to buy a windows 10 key?

    without the key, the
    licensed edition will expire as well....
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  4. Posts : 1,588
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       02 Oct 2016 #4

    Licensed, as opposed to Evaluation time-based trial.

    It does not state Free Giveaway, although no Windows 10 that I know of, that has not been activated, has expired yet - they just state on the desktop that the installation is not activated and ask you to activate.​

    Also, there is no requirement to buy a new license if you already have one.
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  5.    02 Oct 2016 #5

    ... So, this to get some iOS developers on board then?... I doubt many have not already got a full MS dev machine anyway... checking out the opposition's apps is a given.
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       03 Oct 2016 #6

    The WinDev1609Sys.vhd can be natively booted realistically in a partition of 160GB or greater. If the free space in the drive where the VHD is located is too small it bluescreens with an error stating that there is not enough space.

    On completing sysprep specialization pass (Language, Keyboard, Locale, user details, network, express/custom setup etc.), and a couple of reboots it activated with the machine's digital entitlement.

    The VHD size on disk expanded to 133GB.

    Immediately downloaded Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3194496), and Nvidia drivers, reporting the driver installation as failed, but It looks as if it is running Nvidia drivers without problems.

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  7.    05 Oct 2016 #7

    I cant get the vmware image to work correctly .
    1. vmware has to convert it because of the ovf file. so it time consuming
    2. vmware says its not compatible for 3d acceleration.
    3. when booting up it freezes at the windows 10 settings screen

    retrying

    and trying virtualbox vm

    dont want to use hyper-v because then I cant use my other apps that use the cpu ext.
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  8. Posts : 2
    Win7,8.1,10,2008,2012
       30 Oct 2016 #8

    dskiller said: View Post
    I cant get the vmware image to work correctly .
    1. vmware has to convert it because of the ovf file. so it time consuming
    2. vmware says its not compatible for 3d acceleration.
    3. when booting up it freezes at the windows 10 settings screen

    retrying

    and trying virtualbox vm

    dont want to use hyper-v because then I cant use my other apps that use the cpu ext.

    In VirtualBox, You just need to go to File-->Import Appliance , then select the ovf file image and click Next.
    It will create everything you need from the appliance file and you can start the VM when complete (it took like an hour on my machine to import)
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  9. Posts : 2
    Win7,8.1,10,2008,2012
       30 Oct 2016 #9

    This image is tortuously slow


    As much as i appreciate MS providing these images, they are basically worthless unless you are overclocking the crap out of your machine. Win 10 is notably slower than 8.1 on real hardware, but on a VM, it's pure torture - delays up to a minute are common (that's set to dual CPU 3GB memory) for opening some windows.
    Edge browser is probably the worst browser I've ever seen - incredibly slow, incredibly buggy (often won't close at all).
    To make matters worse, it refused to take my Windows 10 Pro product key! Fail.
    Last edited by Beefydog; 30 Oct 2016 at 15:03.
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