Microsoft has tried to push the UWP platform for Windows apps but desktop apps are the strongest app type of Windows 10. Apps like VLC player and Spotify have both desktop and UWP version. Microsoft did not force UWP developers to opt out of desktop apps. Similarly, with Windows 11, all apps that may run on Windows 10, 8 / 8.1, and 7 are compatible with the new OS. The only exception so far is VirtualBox Oracle.
Oracle VirtualBox issues on Windows 11
Oracle’s VritualBox is a popular free VM tool that is widely used. It is powerful and much better than many other paid options. Unfortunately, most users who try to run VirtualBox on Windows 11 cannot start a virtual machine. The app itself installs perfectly on Windows 11 but when it comes to loading and running a virtual machine, the device will not boot.
1. Turn off Hyper-V on Windows 11
Microsoft has admitted that there is a problem with VirtualBox running on Windows 11. To get around it, users need to disable Hyper-V on their system.
To disable Hyper-V on Windows 11, follow these steps.
- Open Control Panel.
- go to Programs.
- Choose Turn Windows features On or off.
- From the list of features, Uncheck Hyper-V.
- Click Ok.
Note: if you do not see Hyper-V, look instead for Windows Hypervisor Platform or Windows Sandbox and disable it.
2. Wait for VirtualBox update
The VirtualBox compatibility issue is on the end of Oracle. This means that Oracle will have to release a new version of VirtualBox, and this new version will have to address the compatibility issue. Oracle is working on the update but so far, there is no date for when the fix will be released.
As soon as the update is available, only later versions will run on Windows 11 which means you may need to update your VM device settings so that they can run on the latest version.
3. Uninstall VirtualBox
If you do not use VirtualBox, you can uninstall the app and upgrade to Windows 11 without any problem. If you have found an alternative to VirtualBox that suits you, it is safe to remove the application from your system and perform the update. Currently, Microsoft is blocking the update on systems running VirtualBox.
- Open Control Panel.
- go to Programs> Enter a program.
- Select VirtualBox from the list of installed apps.
- Click on the Uninstall button.
- Allow the app to uninstall.
Microsoft has not stopped VirtualBox on Windows 11. This is a simple app compatibility issue. It can be fixed when the app is updated and if you do not do that there will be no need to make major changes or follow new rules for development. Oracle should have the update soon though, since with not many users on Windows 11, the company may choose to release an update later rather than faster.
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