Windows 11 Virtual Machines Now Requiring TPM 2.0 by Default

Lots of people check out Windows 11 in virtual machines, and this happens for a very good reason. By installing the latest preview builds in a virtual machine and not directly on a stand-alone system, they are able to therefore be up-to-date with the changes that Microsoft is focusing on, all without letting any potential bugs or stability issues to impact the performance of their devices.

Until now, installing Windows 11 was as easy as it got, due to the fact these preview builds didn’t come with any special requirements.

Besides the typical hardware requirements, that’s, and everybody knows already just how controversial these happen to be for Windows 11 users.

The most recent Windows 11 preview builds readily available for users in the Dev and Beta channels start enforcing TPM 2.0 even on virtual machines, therefore bring them in line with devices running the operating system separately.

Windows 11 launching in October

In other words, Microsoft wants all system requirements to be available everywhere, so theoretically, you would no longer be able to run Windows 11 in a virtual machine unless TPM 2.0 is available.

“This build includes a change that aligns the enforcement of the Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual Machines (VMs) to be the same as it’s for physical PCs. Previously created VMs running Insider Preview builds may not update to the latest preview builds. In Hyper-V, VMs need to be created like a Generation 2 VM. For more information on the Windows 11 system requirements – check this out article here,” Microsoft explained within an announcement.

Windows 11 is projected to start rolling to supported devices the following month, using the first wave of devices to get it on October 5. Microsoft has promised to release Windows 11 for those eligible computers by mid-2022, therefore the rollout is supposed to complete through the next summer.

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