Microsoft Validation OS

Microsoft Validation OS
Version of Microsoft Windows
OS familyWindows 11 (NT 10.0)
ArchitectureAMD64, ARM64
Latest build10.0.22621.1702
Based on
Windows 11 2022 Update

Microsoft Validation OS (internally referred to as WinVOS) is a minimal Windows 11-based environment intended to be used by Windows device manufacturers as an aid during early design stages.[1] It is similar to Windows Preinstallation Environment in that it runs from a RAM disk and boots into a Command Prompt, although it is considerably more stripped down, leaving the bare essentials needed to bring up the Windows GUI and console. As a side effect of this, various user experience areas, such as the window caption buttons, do not fully render or behave as expected due to the removed components.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. McClister, Christoper et al. Microsoft Validation OS overview, Microsoft Learn. 30 May 2022.