For several years since the Windows 10 on ARM platform was announced, Microsoft has tried to address some of the limitations, one of which is the lack of support for Hyper-V. This has been added in the latest Windows Insider preview update, but it may take about a year to get online. Here’s the problem: you can’t use Hyper-V to create a Windows 10 virtual machine because there is no ARM64 installation medium.
But that is expected to change. In today’s Windows Insider agenda, Microsoft may release VHDX for virtual machines. Naturally, the team simply says “probably” and will not publicly acknowledge it until it is officially announced.
In an update to build 19624, released two weeks ago, WZor said: “WoW, it looks very intriguing. Microsoft plans to turn Windows 10 Client #ARM64 Insider Preview – Build 19624 into a Hyper-V virtual hard drive . . . VHDX file. “
VHDX is a Windows virtual hard drive file. It acts as a real physical hard drive, but is stored in a single file located on a physical disk, such as a hard drive. You can create from scratch or from backup software such as Disk2vhd.
VHDX files can contain the entire operating system, to test software or to run older or newer versions of software that are incompatible with the host operating system, or to save only files like other storage containers.