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How to install Windows 8 with Virtual Box

So….. Microsoft announced their preview for Windows 8 tonight, complete with a fully function “developer preview” available for download.

Download the ISO from MSDN, here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/

If you don’t already have VirtualBox installed, go ahead and download and install that. At this point, Windows 8 does not work with VMWare.

Once everything is downloaded and installed, go to VirtualBox and click on “New” to create a new virtual machine image.

Windows 8 isn’t an option yet (duh…), so just select “Other” as the OS type.


At this point I just went with the defaults. Max memory while in the “green” zone for your system.For disk size, you’ll need at least 7GB for the hard disk size, obviously I’d go larger than this if  you plan to do anything other than peek at the new OS. If you choose “dynamically generated” disk size, you won’t be able to install the OS – so pick something now.

Creating this virtual hard disk may take a few minutes. More wating….

And finally, once the VDI is created and your virtual box is ready, go to “Setting” and click on “Storage”.  Select the downloaded ISO file as your CD drive by clicking on the little CD icon all the way to the right:

Believe it or not, at this point you can boot! Click on “Start” to load up the virtual OS. You’ll likely get all kinds of errors about trapping mouse movements – just remember the right-control button frees your mouse. “Custom” install worked flawlessly for me.  Enjoy!