Microsoft Windows 11 is not compatible with VirtualBox VMs

Windows 11

Other than Windows 11 not being well compatible with applications containing non-ASCII characters in the registry and some Intel Killer and SmartByte network software compatibility issues with Windows 11 (resolved), Microsoft has now announced another compatibility issue.

According to the new information, Microsoft and Oracle have discovered that there are compatibility issues between VirtualBox and Windows 11 when installing Hyper-V or the Windows hypervisor.

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You may not be able to start the virtual machine (VM) and you may receive an error message, “VirtualBox, your computer requires the latest version of this application. Click to learn more for information on how to update this application”.

Windows maker said to ensure the upgrade experience, it has performed a compatibility stoppage for these devices and prevents them from installing or providing a Windows 11 system.

Windows 11

Moreover, to minimize the impact, you’ll need to remove Hyper-V or the Windows hypervisor until the issue is resolved through an update that Oracle plans to release in October 2021.

However, if you no longer use VirtualBox, uninstalling it should also resolve the effect. Please note that if no other factors affect your device, it may take 48 hours for the upgrade to Windows 11 to be granted.

Notably, until this issue is resolved, Microsoft recommends that everyone try not to use the “Update Now” button or the Media Creation Tool tool to force an upgrade to Windows 11. If you try to upgrade to Windows 11, you may encounter upgrade compatibility issues.


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