How to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

Ideal trick to install Windows 11 in VirtualBox skipping the "does not meet the requirements" error.

VirtualBox is an application that allows you to create virtual machines to run complete operating systems. The most recent released by Microsoft, Windows 11, does not allow it to be used in a virtual machine officially. However, there is a way to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox.

If you have already tried creating a virtual machine and installing Windows 11 in VirtualBox, you may have noticed that an error appears during the process. Specifically, it mentions the following: “This computer does not meet the minimum system requirements to install this version of Windows.” And that’s it. That’s where the installation ends. Or not?

How to install Windows 11 in VirtualBox bypassing the “Does not meet the requirements” error

The first step to installing Windows 11 in VirtualBox is downloading this tool on your computer if you haven’t already done so. You can do it by visiting its official page and using the download link corresponding to your operating system. Once you have VirtualBox, launch it and click the New button that you will see at the top of the screen.

Setting up the virtual machine in VirtualBox.

Choose the machine name, version, and type using the virtual machine creation wizard. We must clarify that we have used the term “Windows 2” because we already had another virtual machine with Windows 11. But you can choose the term that suits you best. Copy the rest of the settings from the following image:

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Provide at least 4GB of RAM. However, you can add more memory to your virtual machine if your computer allows it.

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Now is the time to create a virtual hard disk. Choose the option Create a virtual hard disk now and press the Create button.

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Check the VDI option and continue with Next.

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Allot a space of at least 50 GB for your virtual machine. Again, if you can give it more, go ahead.

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With your virtual machine created, now insert the Windows 11 CD. Of course, in this case, you will use the ISO that you must obtain from the official Microsoft website. Click on Optical drive, and in the context menu, click on Select a disk file.

virtualbox vm settings option

Browse using the file explorer until you find the Windows 11 ISO.

Next, click on the Settings button, located next to New and Discard at the top of the options.

Open the System section, click on the Processor tab and assign two CPUs to the virtual machine. Also, check the boxes that you will see next to Extended Features.

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Install Windows 11 in VirtualBox step by step

Start the virtual machine and wait for the Windows 11 installer to load. Select your language, time format, and keyboard layout. Then click  Next

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Use the Install Now button to continue.

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Click on  I don’t have a product key to skip the Windows 11 activation step.

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Choose the edition of Windows that you want to install on your virtual machine.

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Finally, the error that we mentioned at the beginning of this article will appear on the screen. Fortunately, all is not lost.

This PC cant run Windows 11

Use the combination Shift + F10 to open the system console. There type Regedit and hit Enter.

How to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

The registry editor will appear on the screen. Navigate with the side browser to the following route:

  • Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ Setup

Right-click on the Setup key, open the New menu and click on  Key. Name the new key LabConfig. Make sure it is nested within  Setup.

How to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

Open  LabConfig, the new key you have created, and right-click on a space to see the context menu. Select the DWORD Value (32-bit) option.

How to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

Create four 32-bit DWORD values ​​named as follows:

  • BypassTPMCheck
  • BypassCPUCheck
  • BypassRAMCheck
  • BypassSecureBootCheck

Then, access each and set the Value data field to 1. Use the following screenshot as a guide to check that you are carrying out the entire process correctly.

How to install Windows 11 on VirtualBox

Close the registry and the system console. Then, click on the cross in the installation window. Select OK to confirm that you want to exit the installation in the pop-up dialog.

This PC cant run Windows 11

Again, you will find yourself at the beginning. Use the Install Now button and repeat the steps already mentioned.

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Unlike what has happened before, you will jump to the window that shows the Windows 11 contract, which must be accepted instead of the error.

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Use the Custom option: install Windows only (advanced) to continue.

select custom install

Create a new partition and select it to install Windows 11 on it.

choose the installation drive and click Next

Finally, the installation process will start.

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Wait for the wizard to finish and the virtual machine to restart. The duration of the installation will depend mainly on the power of your computer. However, Windows 11 will likely terminate before copying all the files necessary to function virtual machines.

After installing Windows 11 in VirtualBox, finish setup

After taking the steps mentioned in the previous section, Windows 11 will be installed in your virtual machine. All you have to do is finish setting up the system by indicating the language keyboard layout and adding your Microsoft account.

Once you finish, you will have a fully functional copy of Windows 11, thanks to VirtualBox. Remember that the process described throughout this guide is compatible with all operating systems. That is, you can have a virtual machine with Windows 11 by following the steps mentioned in Linux, Windows 10, Windows 11 itself, and macOS (as long as it is not on a Mac with an M1 processor).Choose location

Once you finish, you will have a fully functional copy of Windows 11, thanks to VirtualBox. Remember that the process described throughout this guide is compatible with all operating systems. That is, you can have a virtual machine with Windows 11 by following the steps mentioned in Linux, Windows 10, Windows 11 itself, and macOS (as long as it is not on a Mac with an M1 processor).

How to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions

VirtualBox Guest Additions is the package of tools provided by VirtualBox to improve the compatibility of the virtual machine with Windows 11. For example, the network drivers or the virtual graphics card are installed. The latter is very important because they allow you to adopt the resolution of the virtualized system to the size of the VirtualBox window. Plus, you’ll gain some features like clipboard integration and support for USB-connected drives. To install them in Windows 11, do the following:

  1. Open the Devices menu.
  2. Click on  Insert the Guest Additions CD.
  3. Open the file explorer on your virtual machine and explore the CD drive.
  4. Click on the executable to install the drivers.

When the process is complete, the virtualized copy of Windows 11 will be more compatible with VirtualBox. Although this last step is optional, it is highly recommended due to the large number of functions it adds.

And you, do you think it is practical to have a virtual machine with Windows 11? Are you going to use this trick to test Microsoft’s new operating system, or do you prefer to install it on your disk?

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