Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtualization environment

Now that Microsoft have made Windows 8 preview availible you are properly eager giving it a test run and in the age of virtualization you are properly going to install it in a virtual machine.

To save you some despair I will outline which virtualization environments that you can use to test run Windows 8 preview without to much hassle:

VMWare Workstation 7.x – You can not install Windows 8 Preview on VMWare 7.x.

VMWare Workstation 8.x – Windows 8 Preview installs and runs just fine in a VMWare Workstation 8.x vm

Windows Virtual PC 2007/Microsoft Virtual PC – You can not install Windows Preview in Virtual PC

Hyper-V – Windows 8 Preview installs and runs just fine in a Hyper-V virtual machine

VirtualBox – Windows 8 Preview (both the 32 and 64 bit version) installs and runs just fine in VirtualBox. You can download VirtualBox from here: http://www.virtualbox.org/ A guide for how to install Windows 8 preview in VirtualBox can be found here: http://www.winbeta.org/?q=guides/how-install-windows-8-virtualbox

By the way, you can also install Windows 8 in a VHD and boot from that.

By | 2011-09-14T16:26:24+00:00 September 14th, 2011|Operating Systems|7 Comments

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  1. Peter Schmidt September 16, 2011 at 13:19 - Reply

    VMware Workstation 8 is not beta anymore 🙂

    • Michael Buchardt September 16, 2011 at 13:25 - Reply

      Hi Peter

      Yeah – you are right. It had not been releashed when I wrote the post, but I did not check before I published it. Thanks for letting me know

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