Developing an operating system is hard. Developing Windows 10 is harder, what with all the different versions. Take the ARM64 version of the OS, which has only now received a VM image.
Meaning, if you want to deploy this variant of the operating system in a virtual machine to take it for a spin, then it’s possible to do so now.
Took Redmond a sweet time, this.
You may recall that it was back in February that the company introduced Hyper-V support for ARM64 PCs, laying to rest what was one of the key limitations of the Windows on ARM platform upon launch. The only problem was that there was no way to spin up a virtual machine.
Because, no ARM64 images available?
That all changes now — at least for virtual machines.
The software titan released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19624 as a VHDX for ARM64 PCs, though this latest arrival is not without its own set of limitations. Goes without saying that you can’t use this image with x64 hardware, but that’s understandable.
What are not as understandable are these other prerequisites.
Namely, since we’re dealing with Hyper-V here, you will need to be running a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise installation. An important point to make, since pretty much every Windows on ARM PC has shipped with a copy of Windows 10 Home.
Save for those really old Snapdragon 835 machines, and Surface Pro X for Business.
And then there is another limitation, which is that Snapdragon 835 powered devices are not supported. You’ll need to own hardware running Snapdragon 850, Snapdragon 8cx or Microsoft SQ1, or wait for Snapdragon 8c machines to hit the store shelves.
If you’ve got all these points covered, then you can download the VHDX image from the link below, and be on your merry way.
Download: Windows 10 ARM64 VHDX