Oracle VirtualBox VMs Will No Longer Work With Windows 11

The popular Oracle VirtualBox VMs will no longer be compatible with Windows 11 after Microsoft updated its hardware requirements policies for virtual machines. The first time when Microsoft announced Windows 11, they had mentioned that the computers needed new system requirements to install the operating systems, including a TPM 2.0

Oracle VirtualBox VMs Will No Longer Work With Windows 11

The popular Oracle VirtualBox VMs will no longer be compatible with Windows 11 after Microsoft updated its hardware requirements policies for virtual machines. The first time when Microsoft announced Windows 11, they had mentioned that the computers needed new system requirements to install the operating systems, including a TPM 2.0 security processor and Secure Boot.

Having said that, many people were not satisfied with the new hardware requirements, Microsoft has not wavered as these components are used in various security features in Windows 11. 

In the end, the enterprise and software developers commonly use virtual machines to work out new operating systems. Microsoft has said that Windows 11 would not check for compatible hardware when installed or upgraded.

Microsoft released a statement mentioning the minimum hardware requirements documents, “Microsoft recognizes that the user experience when running the Windows 11 in virtualized environments may vary from the experience when running non-virtualized. So, while Microsoft recommends that all virtualized instances of the Windows 11 follow the same minimum hardware requirements as described in Section 1.2, the Windows 11 does not apply the hardware-compliance check for virtualized instances either during setup or upgrade.”

Microsoft this week suddenly did an about-face without ample warning and is now enforcing the Windows 11 system requirements on virtual machines. They continued their statement by saying, “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 is 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 as a Generation 2 VM. Running Windows 11 in VMs in other virtualization products from vendors such as VMware and Oracle will continue to work as long as the hardware requirements are met.”

Today as Windows Insiders attempt to update their Windows 11 builds running on virtual machines that do not have TPM support or use a small system disk, they will see a message stating, “This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements,” as shown below.

For VMWare Workstation, Hyper-V, Parallels, and QEMU users, this is not a problem as they support TPM passthrough and Secure Boot.

However, Oracle VirtualBox does not currently support these features, causing Microsoft’s new policy change to effectively make it so you cannot use Windows 11 on VirtualBox.

In response to our question about VirtualBox no longer supporting Windows 11 due to these changes, he replied that the OS will still run on other platforms.

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