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Install Windows 11 in a virtual machine with VMware Workstation – Le Crab Info

To safely test Windows 11 on your computer, the best solution is to install Microsoft’s new OS in a virtual machine.

A virtual machine is a virtualized environment which works on a physical machine and which has the same characteristics as this one (CPU, RAM, hard disk, network card…). You can install any operating system (another version of Windows or a Linux distribution) on it, even if it is different from the one installed on your computer. For example, you can create a virtual machine and install Windows 11 in it on a computer that is running Windows 10.

Let’s go back to Windows 11. Since build 22000.194 and build 22458, Microsoft also imposes the minimum requirements of Windows 11 for virtual machines which were previously spared by the mandatory presence of a TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. Worse yet, VMs previously created with builds of Windows 11 Insider Preview may no longer receive new builds if they do not meet all of the minimum system requirements.

Fortunately, WMware Workstation – the virtualization application which makes it possible to create virtual machines – allows to add a TPM security chip and to activate the Secure Boot in virtual machines in order to make them 100% compatible with Windows 11. Currently, VirtualBox – the concurrent application – does not allow you to add TPM and therefore install Windows 11.

Want to test and install Windows 11 in a virtual machine?

In this tutorial we will see how install Windows 11 in a virtual machine using the VMware Workstation application.

Prerequisites

Install Windows 11 in a Virtual Machine with VMware Workstation

To install Windows 11 in a virtual machine using VMware Workstation, follow these instructions:

  1. Install VMware Workstation on your PC and then run it.
  2. If you have a license key for VMware Workstation, select I have a license key for VMware Workstation then enter it. Otherwise, select I want to try VMware Workstation for 30 days to try the app for 30 days.
  3. In the tab Home, click on Create a New Virtual Machine.
  4. Select Custom (advanced).
  5. In Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility, leave the default options then click on Following.
  6. Select Install disc image file (iso) then go and get the Windows 11 ISO image that you downloaded before.
  7. Select Microsoft Windows and Windows 10 x64.
  8. Name the virtual machine Windows 11.
  9. Select firmware UEFI, then check the box Secure Boot.
  10. At a minimum, choose 1 processor and 2 cores per processor. If your computer’s CPU capacity allows you, increase the number of processors and cores to have a faster virtual machine.
  11. Assign at least 4096 MB of random access memory (RAM).
  12. Choose Use network address translation (NAT) as type of network.
  13. Choose LSI Logic SAS as the type of I / O controller.
  14. Choose NVMe as the type of disc.
  15. Select Create a new virtual disk.
  16. Assign at least 60 GB disk space. Leave the box Allocate all disk space now unchecked and the option Split virtual disk into multiple files activated.
  17. Leave the default name assigned to disk files.
  18. Click on the button Finish.
  19. In the virtual machine tab Windows 11, click on Edit virtual machine settings.
  20. In the tab Options, select Access Control then click on the button Encrypt.
  21. Enter the password that will encrypt and decrypt the virtual machine, then click on the button Encrypt.
  22. In the Hardware tab, click on the button Add.
  23. Select Trusted Platform Module, then click Finish.
  24. A TPM has been added to the virtual machine:
  25. Click on OK to close the virtual machine settings.
  26. Click on Power on this virtual machine to turn on the virtual machine.
  27. At startup, press any key to launch the Windows 11 installer.
  28. For more convenience, activate the option Keep Aspect Radio Stretch so that the virtual machine screen automatically adapts to the size of the window.
  29. Follow the installer instructions to install Windows 11 in the virtual machine.
  30. If you need help, see the following article that explains the different steps to install Windows 11:
    Install Windows 11: The Complete Guide
  31. Windows 11 has been successfully installed in your virtual machine:
  32. From now on, install VMware Tools, a suite of utilities that improves the performance of the virtual machine and allows the use of advanced features (improved graphics performance, shared folders, copy and paste between the host and the guest, etc.). To do this, click on VM > VMware Tools.

    In the Windows 11 guest machine, open File Explorer> VMware Tools DVD drive and double click on setup64.exe.

    Install VMware Tools and then restart the virtual machine.
  33. By opening the System Information (msinfo32.exe), you will notice that Windows 11 is installed in UEFI mode and that Secure Boot is activated:

    Likewise, by opening the TPM management console (tpm.msc), you will notice that the TPM is activated:

Congratulation : you installed Windows 11 in a virtual machine using VMware Workstation. 👍

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