Posted June 1, 2012 by Ramandeep Singh in Tips

Install Windows 8 Release Preview In VirtualBox Virtual Machine

Microsoft has finally unveiled Windows 8 release preview.  The final release, Windows 8 RTM, is just one step away.
Actually, Windows release cycle works in its unique way. The consumer preview is beta, before that ‘Developer Preview’ had arrived, which was actually alpha release. The latest Windows 8 Release Preview comes with lots of pre-loaded Metro style apps, but it is far more stable than developer and consumer preview.

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Microsoft has loaded this version with latest Internet Explorer 10, SkyDrive, Messenger, Hotmail, and all new Windows 8 apps. Microsoft has stated that the latest build supports more hardware, and is compatible with more chipsets and processors. Even the security vulnerabilities of Consumer preview have been selected. Microsoft also pointed out that final build of Windows 8 will come with unique UI of Windows Internet Explorer. Inspite of that, neither Microsoft (nor we) would suggest you to install this OS as your primary OS as it lacks final stability and trustworthiness of Windows 7.

Here is a detailed step by step tutorial which will help you install it as secondary OS, and enable you to run it from inside the OS, using Oracle VM Virtual Box.

This tutorial’s steps can be applied on both Windows 7, and Mac OS X.

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Step by Step Instructions to Install Windows 8 Release Preview, by Creating a Virtual Machine in Oracle VM Virtual Box

Step 1: First of all, Download and Install Oracle VM VirtualBox in your Computer. Also Download Windows 8 Release Preview.iso image.

Step 2: Run the Oracle VM VirtualBox, by clicking on its icon, either from Start Menu or Desktop.

Step 3: Now, create new Virtual Machine. First, click ‘New’ button located under submenu under/below the ‘Machine’ menu.

Step 4: A Popup wizard will open, ‘Create New Virtual Machine’. Name it anything like Windows8RP (RP=Release Preview), and click next. Then select the Operating System Type as ‘Microsoft Windows’ and Version Windows 8 from Drop Down Menu. If you’re going to install 64-bit version, please select Windows 8 (64-bit) in drop down menu.

Step 5: In the next step, you need to select the amount of memory (RAM) in Megabytes (MB) you want to allocate to the virtual machine. The software recommends a minimum of 1536MB. So, you can probably select more than that. You can also decrease it below the recommended point, but it will not provide full performance. So, we suggest you to go with the default option, or higher than that.

Step 6: After clicking ‘Continue’, you will get a popup window where it will ask you about creating a new virtual disk. VB by-default recommends at least 20.00 GB, which is also the minimum required storage space by 64-bit (x64) Windows version. The 32-bit (x86) needs only 16GB. Simply check the mark ‘Start-up Disk’>Select Create new hard disk and click ‘Continue’.

Step 7: Now, wizard will open. It will guide you through the process of creating a virtual disk for virtual machine. You will get four options:

  • VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)
  • VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk)
  • VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)
  • HDD (Parallels Hard Disk)

Select the first option ‘VDI” and click continue. If you want to use virtual machine with other VM Software, you need to select generic file type from the other three options.

Step 8: Now you will have to choose whether you want to allocate virtual disk file or it should be fully allocated. Read the on screen instructions, and generally, you should select ‘Fixed size’ and click ‘Continue’.

Step 9: This brings you to the ‘Virtual disk file location and size’ window where you need to type anything like ‘Windows 8 Release Preview’, and select the exact Hard disk drive size of your PC.

Step 10: Now, finally you have reached the ‘Summary’ window, where it will ask you to verify that everything has been properly configured. It will inform you that you are going to create a new virtual machine with the mentioned parameters, which would be same like you configured until Step 9. If you come across a wrong selection while you are verifying everything, you can go back and make the necessary corrections. If everything is correct, click ‘Create’.

Step 11: After a few moments, you will arrive at the ‘Welcome to the First Run Wizard’, which will start virtual machine first time. Click ‘Continue’

Step 12: Thereafter, it will ask for ‘Select Installation Media’. Just select the ISO File.

Step 13: In the next window, select the Windows 8 Release Preview ISO File which you’ve downloaded and again Click ‘Continue’.

Step 14: Finally, you’ve reached the ‘Windows 8 Release Preview’ Installation Window, where you need to select Language, Time and currency format and keyboard input method. After making the desired settings, click ‘Next’.

Step 15: This brings you to ‘Personalize’ window after installation gets completed. Configure the settings, and Start Metro UI.
And LO!!! That’s it!!!!!!!!

Enjoy the Latest Windows 8 Release Preview without formatting it, which is the safest and easiest way here. Windows 8 is due to release soon. But make sure you try this Release Preview/ RC Version (Release Candidate) until final version comes out.

Once the final version is out, we’ll  cover that too.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us if you have any doubts.

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