Windows 11 Virtual Machines now require TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot

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Microsoft is staying firm on Windows 11 requirements. Till now the company allowed insiders to run Preview builds on Virtual Machines, this is no longer case, the company is now blocking VMs from using Windows 11 if requirements such as TPM 2.0,  Secure Boot, and others are not met. Microsoft has confirmed this in a dev build 22458 blog post.

Don’t want to replace Windows 10 with buggy and unstable Windows 11 builds, you can use Virtual Machines such as Hyper-V or VMware workstation Player.

Microsoft enforces Windows 11 requirements on VMs

Initially, Microsoft excepted VMs from Windows 11 hardware requirements, now that is becoming a thing of the past.

If you’ve used Windows 11 Preview builds on Virtual Machines, your ride was over. If you’re using a previous Windows 11 build in a VM, you won’t be able to update to the latest build, Microsoft confirms.

Windows 11 running n Virtual Machine VMware says PC must support TPM 2.0

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“This build includes a change that aligns the enforcement of Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual Machines (VMs) to be same as it is for Physical PCs. Previously created VMs running under insider preview builds may not update to the latest preview builds. In Hyper-V, VMs need to be created as Generation 2 VM. ”

“Running Windows 11 in VMs in other virtualization products from vendors such as VMWare and Oracle will continue to work as long as the hardware requirements are met. ” Microsoft clarifies.

Are you happy with Microsoft’s decision to block VMs from running Windows 11 citing TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, and other requirements? Let us know in the comments below.

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