Installation Windows 8 on an operating system Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 (VirtualBox)

A few days ago, Microsoft released the beta version "CONSUMER PREVIEW"Of the next version of Windows. Windows 8 operating system will be somewhat different from what we have now. At least the GUI.
For those who are eager to test the new operating system Windows 8, We recommend you do so virtually (through VirtualBox) Or install it in dual boot with the existing system. More specifically, it does not install the base system.


Here are two very simple steps. The first stage is virtual training system of (the virtual computer) to install the system Windows 8, and the second stage is operating system installation Windows 8 virtual computer.


1. First of all, we need to download the installation kit of Windows 8 and the VirtualBox.

Download in English Windows 8 Beta. (Picture. ISO)
Download VirtualBoxdownload here.

2. Install VirtualBox. Installation is normal as any other program. No need for tutorial :)

3. Open VirtualBox and make click on the blue icon "New" to add a new virtual operating system. In the first screen "Create New Virtual Machine"We click" Next ".

Add New System VirtualBox

4. In the next dialog in VirtualBox, type "Windows 8 "in the box reserved for the name (Name) and we are careful to be selected as operating system"Microsoft Windows"And that version"Windows 8"

Select Windows  8

5. In the next screen we have the option of allocating virtual system RAM. It is preferable to keep the system much. Assigned according to quantum memory installed on your system 1.4 In our case we spent 6 GB of memory. Click "Next".

Windows NO RAM Memory

6. You will need to create a virtual disk. We ATHENS be checked "Start-up disk"And"Create new hard disk"

Virtual Hard Disk

Then click the "Next" button in the next screen leave the option checked VDI (Virtual Disk Image), then click "Next" again. Here we leave ticked "Dynamically allocated"

Minimum space allocated will be 20 GB. If you plan to test larger applications on this system, you should assign the most. Be aware that if 30 GB allocated virtual system and leave checked "Dynamically allocated"This place will not disappear immediately from the hard drive of your PC 30 GB maximum value would indicate that virtual system will be able to handle. If you choose 'Fxed size ", The allocated space will be reserved virtual system from the start.

hdd size

7. In the screen "Create New Virtual Disk"Choose the folder where to save the file which will contain virtual system (Windows 8.vdi). Click on the yellow icon to open Windows Explorer so we can choose our location. We can also leave the default setting.
Below is the option that allocate space. In our case we chose 30 GB.
Then click the "Next" button will appear a summary of hard disk parameters. Type of space allocation, the directory where the file is saved. Vdi and maximum space allocated for it.

Create New HDD

Click on "Create" to complete.

From this moment we finished with the first step and created the virtual computer on which we can install the operating system Windows 8.

Windows 8 Virtual PC

Installing Windows on VirtualBox TURORIAL 8

After downloading the installation kit of Windows 8 in .iso format and we have prepared our virtual PC, we start installing the operating system.

1. In VirtualBox we select the operating system Windows 8 and click on "Start"(Green arrow. See image above). In "Welcome to the First Run Wizard"Click" Next ".

2. In "Select Installation Media"We have more options. Whether to mount the image . Iso on a virtual optical drive (We recommend ) Or to launch the installation from a DVD or directly easiest image. Iso.
Click on the yellow icon to open it Windows Explorer. Select the .iso image from the hard drive and click OK.

install Windows 8 ISO

Click "Start" to start the installation Windows 8.

Windows 8 VM 1

3. On the first screen "Windows Setup ”leave the default settings and click“ Next ”&“ Install Now ”

Windows 8 Setup 1

4. Enter series (product key: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8)

Windows 8 license product key

5. Select the option to install "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) ”.

Windows Setup NEVER

6. The next step let virtual hardware partition selected and click "Next" to continue installation. If you do not believe it will make more partitions.

install Windows 8 Virtual Partition

After this step will start the installation. Process will take several minutes.

Windows NEVER Installing

7. Choose a name for your PC and a background color (optional).

8. Enter your e-mail (msn or to "Sign in to your PC".

Sign W8

In the next steps you will need to set up MSN or Live account. Password, security question and answer ...

9. After completing Step 8. wait to synchronize with your account Live / MSN.

Finally, the operating system interface will appear Windows 8.

Windows  8

At least the interface completely different compared to what we had used Microsoft so far.

Among the new operating system Windows 8 also includes a beta version of Internet Explorer 10.

Stealth SettingsInstalling Windows 8 CONSUMER preview on VirtualBox.

Installation Windows 8 on an operating system Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 (VirtualBox)

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