September 30, 2016 2:32 pm

Just released – Windows developer virtual machines – September 2016 build

By / Senior Technical Product Manager, Windows Developer Team

Today I’m happy to announce the first release of a developer ready, non-expiring (licensed) virtual machines. Last year, we released the evaluation VMs and we took the feedback to heart that you wanted a fully configured Windows 10 development environment that won’t expire.

With these new VMs, all you need to do is insert your Windows 10 Pro license key and instantly can start developing without having to worry about installing all the tooling. The VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox, and VMWare flavors.
These installs contain:

If you don’t currently have a Windows 10 Pro license, you can get one from the Microsoft Store. If you just want to try out Windows 10 and UWP, use the free evaluation version of the VMs. The evaluation copies will expire after a pre-determined amount of time.

The Azure portal also has virtual machines you can spin up with the Windows Developer tooling installed as well!

If you have feedback on the VMs, please provide it over at the Windows Developer Feedback UserVoice site.

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  1. Hi guys, this is pretty neat. Is there a plan to release these with higher than community edition so I can get my team a build quicker?


  2. Does the VM require a separate license key or you can share the same key you already are using on the host machine?
    Since I often prepare a trash VMs, I am afraid the key will soon block my work …

  3. Good idea!

    Implementation is problematic…… it is a 20 GB download!

    That will take me 2 weeks to download on DSL

    • Robert, I feel your pain but the Windows + Visual Studio + Windows SDK does take some space. Dev15 will help reduce the VM size once that is fully released but the ISOs alone weigh in at 14 gigs for the items above plus updates and …

      I am proactively trying to figure out ways to reduce size but keep functionality.

  4. I had great difficulty trying to download the HyperV VM via the browser as it kept finishing incomplete. I finally managed to get it using the Microsoft Download Manager. I have yet to use it but expect it to be very handy for testing and time saver, well done MS thanks.

  5. Got CRC error when uncompressing VMWare (both) versions. I tried extracting with the native Windows 10 application, 7zip, WinRar, WinZip… all gave me the same error.

    Any clue about the problem?

    • Alberto, I just downloaded the VMWare eval and extracted it with no issue with 7zip and the shell zip tool.

  6. Is there anyone who can explain how to use the Hyper-V download or can point me in the direction of where I can find an explanation? I have not used Hyper-V or any virtual machines before, and the download came with no instructions whatsoever. Thanks!

  7. I have a question. Can we use an Enterprise key for this same VM? Also, does the VM portion require a separate licensure of some sort or is the Win 10 license all that is needed. I ask about 1607 specifically because we want our dev vm to be the same level as our regular machines and we haven’t gone as far as the creator’s yet.

    Thank you.

  8. Do these non-expiring VMs still exist? The links in the blog post for the “developer ready, non-expiring (licensed) virtual machines” and the “free evaluation version of the VMs” are identical. When I go to that link, the page says the VMs expire in 90 days. And the license terms say “NO ACTIVATION… Because this is an evaluation-only license, you are not licensed to activate the software for any purpose even if it prompts you to do so.” —