How to try out Windows 11 version 22H2 alongside version 21H2

While you can enroll your device in the Windows Insider Program to install the latest preview of the Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2), it’s not recommended to upgrade your primary machine because the feature update is still not ready and not fully compatible with most hardware configuration.

The best way to install and test previews of the Sun Valley 2 update is to install the latest build on a virtual machine or spare computer. If you already use Windows 11 (Pro), you can set up the Hyper-V virtualization platform to create a virtual machine to get hands-on with the new features without needing a second physical device.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to get started with the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor to create a virtual machine to install the latest preview of the Windows 11 version 22H2.

How to set up Hyper-V on Windows 11

To install the Hyper-V feature on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Optional features page on the right side.

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  4. Under the “Related settings” section, click the More Windows features option.

    More Windows features

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  5. Check the Hyper-V option, ensuring that the “Hyper-V Management Tools” and “Hyper-V Platform” options are also checked.

    Windows 11 install Hyper-V

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  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, you can use the Hyper-V Manager to create a virtual machine.

How to create a virtual machine on Windows 11

To create a virtual machine with support for Windows 11 version 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Hyper-V Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click the Actions menu, select the New submenu, and choose the Virtual Machine option.

    Create new VM

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    Quick tip: You have to select the host machine under “Hyper-V Manager” to view the options in the menu.

  4. Click the Next button.
  5. Confirm a name for the virtual machine — for example, vm-windows-11-22h2.

    Hyper-V name and location

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  6. (Optional) Check the Store the virtual machine in a different location option.
  7. Click the Browse button.
  8. Select a different location to store the virtual machine.
  9. Click the Next button.
  10. Select the Generation 2 option.

    Create Generation 2 VM

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  11. Click the Next button.
  12. Specify at least 4GB (4096MB) of memory in the “Startup memory” setting.

    Set VM memory capacity

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  13. Check the “Use Dynamic Memory for this virtual machine” option.
  14. Click the Next button.
  15. Select the Default Switch option using the “Connection” drop-down menu.

    Select default switch

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  16. Click the Next button.
  17. Select the Create a virtual hard disk option.
  18. Use the default settings, but in the “Size” setting, specify the storage size to use for the virtual machine (must be larger than 64GB).

    Set VM storage size

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  19. Select the Install an operating system from a bootable image file option.

    install-operating-system-bootable-image-file

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  20. Click the Browse button.
  21. Select the Windows 11 ISO file.
  22. Click the Open button.
  23. Click the Next button.
  24. Click the Finish button.
  25. Right-click the newly created virtual machine and select the Settings option.

    Open VM settings

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  26. Click on Security from the left pane.
  27. Under the “Secure Boot” section, check the Enable Secure Boot option.
  28. Use the Microsoft Windows default option for the “Template” setting.
  29. Under the “Encryption Support” option, check the Enable Trusted Platform Module option to enable the TPM requirement.

    Hyper-V enable secure boot and TPM

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  30. Check the Encrypt state and virtual machine migration traffic option.
  31. Click the Apply button.
  32. Click on Processor from the left pane.
  33. Specify two or more cores to dedicate to the device.

    Select number of processors

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  34. Click the Apply button.
  35. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, you can proceed to install Windows 11 on the virtual machine.

How to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine

To install the latest preview of Windows 11 version 22H2 on a virtual machine, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Hyper-V Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Right-click the newly created device and select the Connect option.

    Connect to virtual machine

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  4. Click the Start button.

    Hyper-V start button

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  5. Click the Next button on the Windows 11 setup screen.
  6. Click the Install now button.

    Windows 11 install now

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  7. Confirm the product key to activate the preview version of Windows 11.

    Windows 11 Setup Activation

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  8. Click the Next button.
  9. Select the version of Windows 11 the product key activates (if applicable).

    Select edition of Windows 11

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  10. Click the Next button.
  11. Check the accept the licensing agreements option.
  12. Click the Next button.
  13. Click the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.

    Custom: Install Windows Only (advanced)

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  14. Click the Next button.
  15. Select the empty drive (Drive 0 Unallocated Space).

    Select installation drive

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  16. Click the Next button.
  17. Continue with the on-screen direction to complete the out-of-box experience (OOBE) to select your preferences, create a local account, and choose your privacy settings.
  18. Open Settings.
  19. Click on Windows Update.
  20. Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

    Open Windows Insider Program

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  21. Click the Get started button.

    Join Windows Insider Program

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    Quick tip: If you don’t see the option to set up the feature, open Settings > Privacy & security > Diagnostics & feedbackand check the Optional diagnostic data option, and then return to the “Windows Insider Program” page.

  22. Click the Link an account button.

    Link account option

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  23. Select your Microsoft account.
  24. Click the Continue button.
  25. Select the Beta Channel option.

    Windows Insider Beta Channel

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  26. Click the Continue button.
  27. Click the Continue button again.

    Agree Insider terms

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  28. Click the Restart now button.
  29. Open Settings again.
  30. Click on Windows Update.
  31. Click the Check for updates button to download the latest Sun Valley 2 preview.

    Windows 11 version 22H2 preview upgrade

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  32. Click the Restart now button.
  33. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the latest preview of Windows 11 version 22H2 will download and install on the virtual machine.

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