How To Install Windows 8 Developer Preview In VirtualBox
Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8 is now available. You can install latest Windows 8 on your computer in a traditional way that means by burning the Windows 8 image file (.iso) and booting from the DVD. But I’ll recommend you to install Windows 8 using Virtualbox. Today I’m going to show you how to install Windows 8 Developer Preview version in VirtualBox. When installing Windows 8 in VirtualBox you need to change some options otherwise it will not work.
Tutorial: Install Windows 8 in VirtualBox –
Things you need-
- Windows 8 Image file (.iso file)
- Oracle VM VirtualBox download from here
- Your computer must have Intel Processor with Virtualization Technology or AMD Processor with AMD-V technology
- Time- 30 min
Download both Windows 8 .iso Image and VirtualBox. If you are running 64bit windows then you can either download 32bit Windows 8 or 64bit Windows 8. But if you are running 32bit Windows then you should download 32bit Windows 8.
First install VirtualBox in your computer.
Start VirtualBox and select ‘New’
In the ‘create new virtual machine’ window enter ‘Windows 8’ in the name field and select Windows 7 in under version drop down menu and click ‘Next’
Here you have to select the amount of RAM the virtual machine will be using. I’ll recommend you to select at least 1GB RAM here. Click ‘Next’
In this screen you don’t need to change anything, just click ‘Next’
In virtual disk creation wizard select VDI and click ‘Next’
Here you can either select fixed size or ‘Dynamically allocated’option. I’ll recommend you to use ‘Dynamically’ allocated option as it will be faster.
On the next screen select the virtual disk size and location. I’ve selected 20GB space here. Now click ‘Next’ to create the virtual disk.
Now in VirtualBox main windows right click on Windows 8 and select settings
Under system setting open Acceleration tab and make sure both options are enabled like this-
In Processor tab enable PAE/NX and select no of processor 2.
When everything is done click ‘OK’
Now start Windows 8 from VirtualBox and you be asked to select installation media location at first. Browser and select the .iso file and Windows 8 setup will start. Follow simple instructions and you will be able to install Windows 8 in VirtualBox.
If you get any error during installation make sure Virtualization technology is enabled on your computer. To check it, reboot your computer and enter BIOS and see the settings. If it is disabled then enable it from BIOS.