Use Windows client in Azure for dev/test scenarios

You can use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) in Azure for dev/test scenarios provided you have an appropriate Visual Studio (formerly MSDN) subscription.

To run Windows 10 in a production environment see, How to deploy Windows 10 on Azure with Multitenant Hosting Rights.

Subscription eligibility

Active Visual Studio subscribers (people who have acquired a Visual Studio subscription license) can use Windows client images for development and testing purposes. Windows client images can be used on your own hardware or on Azure virtual machines.

Certain Windows client images are available from the Azure Marketplace. Visual Studio subscribers within any type of offer can also prepare and create 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 images and then upload to Azure.

Eligible offers and client images

The following table details the offer IDs that are eligible to deploy Windows client images through the Azure Marketplace. The Windows client images are only visible to the following offers.

Note

Image offers are under Windows Client in the Azure Marketplace. Use Windows Client when searching for client images available to Visual Studio subscribers.

Offer Name Offer Number Available client images
Pay-As-You-Go Dev/Test 0023P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN) subscribers 0029P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Professional subscribers 0059P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Test Professional subscribers 0060P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Premium with MSDN (benefit) 0061P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers 0063P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Visual Studio Enterprise (BizSpark) subscribers 0064P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)
Enterprise Dev/Test 0148P Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N (x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise N with SP1 (x64)

Check your Azure subscription

If you do not know your offer ID, you can obtain it through the Azure portal.

  • On the Subscriptions window: Offer ID details from the Azure portal
  • Or, click Billing and then click your subscription ID. The offer ID appears in the Billing window.
  • You can also view the offer ID from the 'Subscriptions' tab of the Azure Account portal: Offer ID details from the Azure Account portal

Next steps

You can now deploy your VMs using PowerShell, Resource Manager templates, or Visual Studio.