The requirements of the virtual machine to run Windows 11 are the same as those of physical PCs – except that we will not check them • The registry
Microsoft released a new version of Windows 11 last night and made customers’ woes worse by hoping virtual machines could break out of the hardware compatibility hole.
Despite Microsoft’s efforts to distract users by showing its updates to the Photos app (now rolling out to users in the Windows Insider development channel), the alarming warning that “this release includes a change that aligns the app Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual machines (VMs) are the same as for physical PCs “was the main novelty for many testers.
Microsoft’s Minimum Hardware Requirements document (at time of writing) states [PDF]: “Windows 11 does not apply the hardware compliance check for virtualized instances during installation or upgrade.”
He added that “if the virtualized environment is configured in such a way that it does not meet the minimum requirements, it will impact some aspect of the user experience when running the operating system in the virtualized environment.” . This is quite a leap from applying the requirements of the virtual machine to be the same as those of physical PCs.
To add to the confusion, Microsoft also said that Hyper-V virtual machines must be Generation 2 virtual machines, although virtual machines running in products from other vendors like VMware and Oracle “will continue to function as long as the material requirements will be met “.
As for the hardware requirements for these virtual machines, who knows? To Dev Channel Insiders, they appear to be the same as physical PCs, according to yesterday’s blog. Although Microsoft’s own set of requirements make it clear that hardware verification is not performed in the world of virtual machines.
The register has asked Microsoft to clarify this unnecessarily messy situation, and will update if the computer giant responds.
Meanwhile, along with the new Photos app, with editing and display improvements, the Dev Channel version (build 22458) was more notable for its known issues, including bug checks for users of Surface Pro X and a mystery
DRIVER_PNP_WATCHDOG error when trying to update to a recent version.
The mega-corporation has also released version 22000.194 on its beta channel as well as commercial PCs in the release preview channel. Along with app updates that few users have requested, Microsoft has warned of persistent issues with the new Start menu and taskbar and an ongoing bug-checking issue for Surface Pro X devices.
Lots of time to fix and test stuff though. After all, it’s not like Windows 11’s release is a month away, right? No, it’s actually less than three weeks. ®