Install Windows 11

These are guidelines to install Windows 11 inside a Ravada KVM Guest.

Requirements

Windows 11 requires TPM ( Trusted Platform Module ). Follow this guide

Installation sources

The Windows 11 ISO image file is required:

Download it and copy them in the Ravada host server at the directory /var/lib/libvirt/images .

Virtual Machine features

The guest should have more than 4 GB of RAM You can increase it later if you want to keep it slim.

At least 60GB disk drive are required. A swap partition should also be added when creating the virtual machine.

Create the Virtual Machine

From the web management tools, go to “New Machine” and create select the Windows 11 Template and the ISO image you just downloaded.

Install Windows 11

Set more than 4 GB of RAM and at least 65 GB for the disk drive.

It may take a few minutes if it is the first Windows virtual machine that is installed in this system. Ravada will download the additional drivers ISO volume.

Install The Operative System

From the Virtual Machines admin tools , click on the blue screen from the one you just created.

Launch Windows 11

The Virtual machine is starting, you will see a link for the spice viewer. Click on it to see the virtual machine screen. The password for the viewer will be copied in the clipboard. Just paste to in the authentication form to access to the viewer.

Boot from CD

You may see this screen and a Shell> prompt.

UEFI shell prompt

If you see this screen is because you missed the CD search screen. Click on Send Key at the top of the viewer window, and choose Ctrl Alt Del. Click back on the viewer and press a key when you see this message:

Press any key to boot from CD or DVD

Install Windows 11

Follow the usual procedure to install Windows 11. Select your keyboard, language and other settings.

Load Drivers

The installer may not see the virtual machine disk drive. Choosing “Load Drivers” in this screen and select the one for the operative system you are installing:

Red Hat VirtIO SCSI controller (E:amd64w11viostor.inf)

VirtIO Windows Drivers

Choose Destination Drive

Some disk drives volumes will appear. Choose the bigger one to install Windows 11 there.

Setup

Follow the usual procedure to install Windows11.

When the installations it’s finished, you need to install:

If you experience slow response from the mouse or other glitches you may try installing VirtIO Drivers .

The drivers CDROM should have been automatically located in the secondary cd drive in your system.

Use a swap partition for pagefiles

By default the Windows pagefiles will go to the C: disk drive. That will make the clones partitions grow up too much and fill your host disk drive. It should go to the SWAP volume, problaby in your D: or E: drive.

In this link you can see how to move pagefiles to another disk:

https://winaero.com/blog/how-to-move-page-file-in-windows-10-to-another-disk/