Windows 8, an answer from Microsoft to the rapid-growing Apple Inc. in personal computer (MacBook Air) and tablet market (iPad), finally has it’s Developer Preview released to the public. Since it is not even a beta release, it is definitely not recommended for a normal user to install it over the stable Windows Operating System. However, it is certainly interesting to test run the new Windows 8 Developer Preview, so to do this without causing any damage on your stable system is – Virtual Machine. Currently the Windows 8 Developer Preview can be easily install on Oracle VM VirtualBox only, not on the VMWare Player (do let me know if it is possible). Step-by-step guide to install Windows 8 in VirtualBox after the jump.
Install Windows 8 in VirtualBox
- Oracle VM VirtualBox
- Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO file (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows Live ID* (for best testing experience, sign up here if you doesn’t have one)
- Internet Connection*
*Nice to have, for best experience
Besides that, also make sure that your computer have the Virtualization Technology (VT-x/AMD-V) activated in the BIOS. Proceed to the installation if you are ready with everything.
1. Get the Oracle VM VirtualBox installed in your PC. (VMWare doesn’t seems to work, so I choose to user VirtualBox instead)
2. For setting up the Virtual Machine, use the following settings:
3. Below screenshots show all the settings I used for that Virtual Machine:
This part might be tricky. By default, the VDI file generated will be mounted as a SATA HDD. However, if it is treated as a SATA HDD, Windows 8 will not be able to initiate the installation and BSOD (A very cute one) occurs. So the workaround is to mount the VDI file under the IDE controller, this way Windows 8 Developer Preview install perfectly. Also under Storage, mount the ISO file containing Windows 8 Developer Preview.
4. Once everything is set, start installing Windows 8! The installation process is pretty much similar to the one in Windows 7, so nothing much there. When Windows 8 started up, you will need to enter your Windows Live ID and password.
5. Once you have successfully installed Windows 8, enable the native resolution of your monitor in Windows 8!
Good luck! If you can’t wait, I have includes a few screenshots of Windows 8 running in VirtualBox.