Win11 Home + WSL2 working, but Hyper-V not fully installed so can't run a VM


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I've had my WSL2/Ubuntu dev environment up and running on Win11 Home for about 18 months now. That involved a lot of support to get it working, so I'm very cautious not to break it.

I now have a VHDX I'd like to fire up, unrelated to the WSL2. I tried (and failed) with VirtualBox and VMWare Workstation because their installers weren't happy with my partial Hyper-V setup. I also don't have the Hyper-V Manager available.

So I'm unable to create a VM from that VHDX with Hyper-V or VirtualBox or VMWare.

I'm scared to fully install Hyper-V (from that batch file that's out there for Win11 Home people to get Hyper-V) in case it breaks my dev environment and I'll no longer be able to get any work done. But I'd really like to fire that VM up.

Any thoughts? Such as "just do it, hyper-v that bitch up".

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    i7-11800H
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Upgrade to Pro - many cheap licences are available?
 

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    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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Upgrade to Pro - many cheap licences are available?
I think that won't help, I can upgrade to full Hyper-V easily enough. I'm just a bit reluctant to go ahead. I was hoping to hear from someone who was in the same boat. They had a partial Hyper-V, sufficient to get WSL2 to work, and then upgraded to full Hyper-V and it didn't break their WSL2 environment.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Predator Triton
    CPU
    i7-11800H
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX™ 3060
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 43" super widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD internal, 2x4TB SSD external
    Keyboard
    Logitech silent thing
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    Traditional MS Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    120down/44up
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    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes/Defender
I think that won't help, I can upgrade to full Hyper-V easily enough. I'm just a bit reluctant to go ahead. I was hoping to hear from someone who was in the same boat. They had a partial Hyper-V, sufficient to get WSL2 to work, and then upgraded to full Hyper-V and it didn't break their WSL2 environment.
Hyper-V isn't intended for running on Win11 Home -- although there are "get arounds" available which can't be guaranteed to work whenever Win11 is updated or a newer release / build comes out.

IMHO it's not worth it if you want to use HYPER-V (well worth it if you run VM's on Windows hosts) and with the plethora of cheap licenses available just go for it -- how much is your time worth to you per hour -- you don't need to be messing around with HYPER-V on Win 11 HOME unless you are a glutton for punishment.

W11 Pro runs HYPER-V and WSL2 without any problems.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
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    PC/Desktop
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    2 X Intel i7
Hyper-V isn't intended for running on Win11 Home -- although there are "get arounds" available which can't be guaranteed to work whenever Win11 is updated or a newer release / build comes out.

IMHO it's not worth it if you want to use HYPER-V (well worth it if you run VM's on Windows hosts) and with the plethora of cheap licenses available just go for it -- how much is your time worth to you per hour -- you don't need to be messing around with HYPER-V on Win 11 HOME unless you are a glutton for punishment.

W11 Pro runs HYPER-V and WSL2 without any problems.

Cheers
jimbo

If I were to purchase a Pro upgrade and enter the key, would Windows update just go ahead and grab the missing components? Or would I be expected to do "an upgrade install" ? I really am rubbish-scared of breaking my WSL2 dev environment. It would costs me way too much time/money in missing work to recover it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Predator Triton
    CPU
    i7-11800H
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX™ 3060
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 43" super widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD internal, 2x4TB SSD external
    Keyboard
    Logitech silent thing
    Mouse
    Traditional MS Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    120down/44up
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes/Defender
If I were to purchase a Pro upgrade and enter the key, would Windows update just go ahead and grab the missing components?
Yes....
Or would I be expected to do "an upgrade install" ?
No....
I really am rubbish-scared of breaking my WSL2 dev environment. It would costs me way too much time/money in missing work to recover it.
Then make a system image before you start. You do make regular system images, don't you? If not, why not?

I'd use Macrium Reflect Free, which is still available to download. but there are plenty of others to choose from.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Yes....

Then make a system image before you start. You do make regular system images, don't you? If not, why not?

I'd use Macrium Reflect Free, which is still available to download. but there are plenty of others to choose from.
Yeah, multiple backup strategies, but it's still annoying having to recover. The most fun is when a system restore "just fails".

Still a bit reluctant. So far I've tried three alternate VM solutions (VMWare, VirtualBox, QEMU). I'mma see if there are any others out there. I just want one that doesn't require Hyper-V, even if it's a slow emulation, it'll do.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Predator Triton
    CPU
    i7-11800H
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX™ 3060
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 43" super widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD internal, 2x4TB SSD external
    Keyboard
    Logitech silent thing
    Mouse
    Traditional MS Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    120down/44up
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes/Defender
I now have a VHDX I'd like to fire up, unrelated to the WSL2.....
So far I've tried three alternate VM solutions (VMWare, VirtualBox, QEMU). I'mma see if there are any others out there. I just want one that doesn't require Hyper-V, even if it's a slow emulation, it'll do.
What OS is in the vhdx? Is it Windows? If so, then unless you really need to run it as a VM alongside your current OS, then you could dual boot it as an OS in its own right using native boot.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
What OS is in the vhdx? Is it Windows? If so, then unless you really need to run it as a VM alongside your current OS, then you could dual boot it as an OS in its own right using native boot.

It's a Windows 10 VHDX (an image from an installation on an old-ish Intel NUC that Windows says can't be upgraded to 11).
Unfortunately I do want it running alongside. I currently do that via Teamviewer, but the hardware is really on its way out. That's why I VHDX'ed it before it fully dies.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Predator Triton
    CPU
    i7-11800H
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX™ 3060
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 43" super widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD internal, 2x4TB SSD external
    Keyboard
    Logitech silent thing
    Mouse
    Traditional MS Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    120down/44up
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes/Defender
I decided to push on through with the (multiple) issues I was having with VirtualBox and finally got it working, without it interfering with my Hyper-V installation (aka work env). I imagine it's the third best of the main trio of options (Hyper-V, VMWare, and VirtualBox) but it's working sufficiently well and didn't want to upgrade/break my basic-bitch Hyper-V settings that I've got for WSL2. :star:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Predator Triton
    CPU
    i7-11800H
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX™ 3060
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 43" super widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD internal, 2x4TB SSD external
    Keyboard
    Logitech silent thing
    Mouse
    Traditional MS Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    120down/44up
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes/Defender
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