Step by Step Installation Guide to Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtual Box

Microsoft revealed Developer Preview of Windows 8 on 13th September 2011. Windows 8 is adhering Metro Design Gudielines. Without going much into deep technical discussions on features of Windows 8 , in this post I have targeted to show you installation steps of Windows 8 on virtual box.

So to start with go and dowanlaod Windows 8 developer preview from below link. Choose appropirate link as for your system (32 bit or 64 bit) to download and install.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

Once downloaded , mount ISO image to virtual drive or if you want or, go ahead and burn it tgo DVD 9.

Next step is to download Virtual box and install it. When virtual box is installed we will install Windows 8 developer perview on virtual box.

Go ahead and download virtual box from here:  http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Installation steps are farly straight forward . So I am not going to bore you to death by writing one or two sentences with each screen shorts. I am just posting all the screen you may get while installing , just follow the screens to get Windows 8 installed on Virtual box.

While installing virtual box wherever you get Oracle security warning click run and move ahead

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Check the check box and click Install.


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Give name of the virtual box and choose version of your host opearting system from the drop down.

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Recommeneded memory is 1024MB. If you want you can amend it.

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Select Create new hard disk option

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Now you need to provide file location and size.

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On create button click you will get below screen. Click on Seeetings menu .

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Here you need to click on the Sysytem tab and make sure that Enable IO APIC is checked

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In Processor tab make sure Enable PAE/NX is checked.

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In Accelration tab make sure both the check box are checked.

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Next go to storage tab and selcet Empty option. And from Attribute section select IDE Secondary Master from drop down

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Choose Virtaul CD/DVD option here .

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Select ISO file of Windows 8 developer preview you downloaded and then click on Ok button

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Now click on the start button to start installation of Windows 8 .

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You probably have it from here.

Enjoy.