Microsoft makes free Windows 11 Enterprise virtual machine available for download

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Microsoft has made a free Windows 11 Enterprise virtual machine available for download. Aimed at developers, Microsoft says: “Get started building Windows applications quickly using a virtual machine with the latest versions of Windows, developer tools, SDKs, and ready-to-use samples.”

There is a lot of content in this download:

  • Window 11 Enterprise (evaluation)
  • Windows 10 SDK Version 2004 (10.0.19041.0)
  • Visual Studio 2019 (latest as of 09/10/21) with UWP, .NET Desktop and Azure workflows enabled and includes the Windows Template Studio extension.
  • Visual Studio Code (Latest as of 09/10/21)
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux enabled with Ubuntu installed
  • Developer mode enabled
  • Windows terminal installed

According to Microsoft, these virtual machines will expire on 09/01/22.

Microsoft has made available downloads for the VMWare, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, and Parallels versions of the virtual machine, all of which can be downloaded directly from Microsoft.

Note that the page title incorrectly states “Get a Windows 10 development environment.”

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