The Windows 10 Creators Update will bring an update to the operating system that will make it easier for developers to work on applications and games using the cloud, as well as making it easier to run virtual machines on Windows.
The new features, which are not available in the public preview of the OS, are available in a set of new build-to-release configurations for developers that can be installed by going to Settings > Update & security > Update and selecting “Add a new version”.
In this new configuration, the operating systems new virtual machine capabilities are activated.
“With this new version of the Windows operating system, you can now install and run Windows 10 on virtual machines,” says Microsoft.
The Windows operating systems developer tools, which were not available at the time of the initial preview, are now available on Windows Developer Center.
The operating system has a “virtual machine” feature that allows developers to build and run virtual Windows machines on virtual hosts and use that host to run Windows apps and games.
It’s similar to the way Docker works, except that developers can build virtual machines that they run on Windows instead of the operating-system version.
“You can now run Windows on virtual hardware,” says the developer tools description.
“This means you can run Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019 virtual machines with a single copy of Windows.
This is great for developers and other companies that are looking to run their Windows code on virtual devices.”
The new feature enables developers to install their Windows apps on virtual platforms with minimal effort.
For example, in the “New” section of the Developer Tools window, developers can install a single “Windows 10” virtual machine.
To run Windows software, they can do so by selecting “Windows” and choosing the appropriate device driver from the list of available driver packages.
The developer tools window now has a section called “Virtual Machines” with a number of options to choose from.
This section includes the following options: Install a single virtual machine to run one of your Windows apps.
For more information about virtual machines, see our Windows 10 Overview article.