Bring Your Own License Visual Studio Virtual Machines are now Generally Available!

So you can can download Hyper-V, VMWare, Parallels and VirtualBox VM’s that contain a non-expiring, non-trial Windows 10 Pro OS, one that has Visual Studio 2015 Community and all the related tools pre-installed. All you need to provide is a Windows 10 Pro Key.

Don’t have a key and just want to play? The Eval/Trial (i.e. expiring) versions of the VM’s are still available too.

Finally, don’t want to download a big VM at all? There are a ton of Visual Studio VM’s there that you can have running in minutes.

Here’s Clint Rutkas’ post with more details…

Just released – Windows developer virtual machines – September 2016 build

Today I’m happy to announce the first release of a developer ready, non-expiring (licensed) virtual machines. Last year, we released the evaluation VMs and we took the feedback to heart that you wanted a fully configured Windows 10 development environment that won’t expire.

With these new VMs, all you need to do is insert your Windows 10 Pro license key and instantly can start developing without having to worry about installing all the tooling. The VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox, and VMWare flavors.
These installs contain:

If you don’t currently have a Windows 10 Pro license, you can get one from the Microsoft Store. If you just want to try out Windows 10 and UWP, use the free evaluation version of the VMs. The evaluation copies will expire after a pre-determined amount of time.

The Azure portal also has virtual machines you can spin up with the Windows Developer tooling installed as well!…

Get a Windows 10 development environment

Start building Universal Windows Platform apps quickly using a virtual machine.

Start coding sooner with a virtual machine prepped for Windows 10 development. It has the latest versions of Windows, the developer tools, SDKs, and samples ready to go.

If you just want to try out Windows 10 and UWP, use the free evaluation version of the VMs. This will expire after a pre-determined amount of time. However, if you want a VM that won’t expire, choose the licensed version and add your Windows license key. Don’t already have one? Buy a new Windows 10 Pro license (EN-US only).


I mentioned Azure VM’s? Here’s a peek at what’s available…


Lots of Visual Studios on different OS’s, just waiting for you on Azure…

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