Windows 11: Microsoft tightens the screw for virtual machines

The latest Windows preview builds 11 for Windows Insiders come with a warning about a change in virtual machines . Microsoft indicates that now the minimum requirements for a virtual instance align with those for the physical PC.

If this is not the case, the virtual machines previously created for builds Windows 11 Insider Preview may not update to new previews. The warning is broadcast for the Dev channel as well as the Beta channel.


Minimum system requirements for Windows 11 is as a reminder a 1 GHz processor 64 – bit with 2 cores, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, UEFI and secure boot, TPM secure platform module version 2.0, compatible graphics card with DirectX 12, screen 100 p more than 9 inches.

However, the list of AMD and Intel processors excludes fairly recent components such as 7th generation Intel Core processors where only Intel Core X-series, Xeon W-series and Intel Core are concerned 7820 HQ. And with TPM 2.0, things get even more complicated for virtual machines.

New reason for dissatisfaction

With Hyper-V or VMware, it is possible to create a virtualized version of TPM (vTPM). However, this is not the case with Oracle’s popular and free VirtualBox solution. Obviously, this is a problem on which work has been done in advance.


Thus, a driver should soon allow the TPM of a host to go into the Windows guest 04. At this point it is not clear when the workaround – not vTPM support – will be offered and there is mention of an early implementation.

Bleeping Computer has spotted this issue with VirtualBox and adds that for Parallels and QEMU users it does not arise.

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