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

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

The best way to install and test Sun Valley 2 update previews is to install the latest version on a virtual machine or backup computer. If you’re already using Windows 11 (Pro), you can set up the Hyper-V virtual platform to create a virtual machine to get the new features practically without the need for another physical device.

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

How to set up Hyper-V on Windows 11

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

  1. Opens Settings.
  2. Click apps.
  3. tap on Optional features The page is on the right side.

    Source: Windows Central

  4. Under the Related Settings section, tap More Windows Features to choose.

    More Windows Features

    Source: Windows Central

  5. check the Hyper-V option, making sure the “Hyper-V Management Tools” and “Hyper-V Platform” options are also checked.

    Windows 11 installs Hyper-V

    Source: Windows Central

  6. tap on yes button.
  7. tap on Restart now button.

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

How to create a virtual machine on Windows 11

To create a virtual machine that supports Windows 11 version 22H2, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Started.
  2. searching for Hyper-V . Manager And click on the top result to open the app.
  3. tap on procedures Menu, select File new submenu and choose a file virtual machine to choose.

    Create a new VM

    Source: Windows Central

    Quick info: You must select the host device under “Hyper-V Manager” to view the options in the list.

  4. tap on next one button.
  5. Confirm the name of the virtual machine – eg, vm-windows 11-22h2.

    Hyper-V name and location

    Source: Windows Central

  6. (Optional) Check Store the virtual machine in a different place to choose.
  7. tap on browse button.
  8. Select a different location to store the virtual machine.
  9. tap on next one button.
  10. select file Generation 2 to choose.

    Create Generation 2 VM

    Source: Windows Central

  11. tap on next one button.
  12. Specify at least 4 GB (4,096 MB) of memory in the Startup Memory setting.

    Set the memory capacity of the virtual machine

    Source: Windows Central

  13. check the “Use dynamic memory for this virtual machine” to choose.
  14. tap on next one button.
  15. select file default switch The option using the “Connect” drop-down menu.

    Select the default switch

    Source: Windows Central

  16. tap on next one button.
  17. select file Create a virtual hard disk to choose.
  18. Use the default settings, but in the “Size” setting, specify the storage size to be used for the virtual machine (must be greater than 64 GB).

    Set VM Storage Size

    Source: Windows Central

  19. select file Install an operating system from a bootable image file to choose.

    install-boot-system-bootable-image file

    Source: Windows Central

  20. tap on browse button.
  21. Select the Windows 11 ISO file.
  22. tap on Opens button.
  23. tap on next one button.
  24. tap on finish button.
  25. Right-click on the newly created virtual machine and select File Settings to choose.

    Open VM Settings

    Source: Windows Central

  26. Click protection from the right part.
  27. Under the “Secure Boot” section, check Enable secure boot to choose.
  28. use the Microsoft Windows The default option for setting “Form”.
  29. Under the Encoder Support option, select Activate the trusted platform module Option to enable TPM requirements.

    Hyper-V Enables Secure Boot and TPM

    Source: Windows Central

  30. check the Encrypt virtual machine relay traffic and state to choose.
  31. tap on Progressing button.
  32. Click Healer from the right part.
  33. Select two or more hubs to allocate to the device.

    Select the number of processors

    Source: Windows Central

  34. tap on Progressing button.
  35. tap on yes button.

After completing the steps, you can proceed with the installation of Windows 11 on the virtual machine.

How to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine

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

  1. Opens Started.
  2. searching for Hyper-V . Manager And click on the top result to open the app.
  3. Right-click on the newly created device and select File Connection to choose.

    Connect to a virtual machine

    Source: Windows Central

  4. tap on Started button.

    Hyper-V start button

    Source: Windows Central

  5. tap on next one on the Windows 11 setup screen.
  6. tap on INSTALL NOW button.

    Install Windows 11 now

    Source: Windows Central

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

    Activate Windows 11 Setup

    Source: Windows Central

  8. tap on next one button.
  9. Determine which version of Windows 11 the product key activates (if applicable).

    Select a version of Windows 11

    Source: Windows Central

  10. tap on next one button.
  11. Select the option to accept license agreements.
  12. tap on next one button.
  13. tap on Custom: install Windows only (advanced) to choose.

    Custom: install Windows only (advanced)

    Source: Windows Central

  14. tap on next one button.
  15. Select the empty drive (Drive 0 Unallocated Space).

    Select the installation drive

    Source: Windows Central

  16. tap on next one button.
  17. Proceed in the on-screen direction to complete the Outstanding Experience (OOBE) to select your preferences, create a local account, and choose your privacy settings.
  18. Opens Settings.
  19. Click Windows Update.
  20. tap on Windows Insider Program The page is on the right side.

    Open the Windows Insider Program

    Source: Windows Central

  21. tap on start button.

    Join the Windows Insider Program

    Source: Windows Central

    Quick info: If you don’t see the feature setting option, open Settings > Privacy and security > Diagnostics and reactionscheck out Optional diagnostic data option, and then return to the “Windows Insider Program” page.

  22. tap on link account button.

    Account link option

    Source: Windows Central

  23. Select your Microsoft account.
  24. tap on Complete button.
  25. select file beta channel to choose.

    Windows Insider Beta Channel

    Source: Windows Central

  26. tap on Complete button.
  27. tap on Complete button again.

    Agree to Insider's Terms

    Source: Windows Central

  28. tap on Restart now button.
  29. Opens Settings repeatedly.
  30. Click Windows Update.
  31. tap on Check for updates Button to download the latest preview of Sun Valley 2.

    Windows 11 version 22H2 preview upgrade

    Source: Windows Central

  32. tap on Restart now button.
  33. Follow the on-screen directions (if applicable).

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

More Windows Resources

For more articles, coverage, and helpful answers to frequently asked questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.