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Finally a follow-up to my original post! With more detailed instructions! I would like to note that a lot of the functionality of a Virtual Machine is not currently working, at least I have not figured it out... however it is functional!

What doesn't work: 

  • Seamless Mouse Integration
  • Video Drivers - Still can get video just is not detecting my Wide Screen

How To:

1. Download Windows 8 from the Windows Dev Center (Download Page:
1.1. I downloaded the Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) you are welcome to download any other version however that is what I wrote this guide for.

2. Download and install VirtualBox if you do not have it

3. Open VirtualBox

4. Click New

5. Click Next

6. Type a Name for the Virtual Machine (IE: Windows 8 64-bit)

7. Select Operating System: Microsoft Windows

8. Select Version: Windows 7 (64 bit)

9. Click Next and select however much ram you want to give the machine (IE: 1024 MB)

10. Select Create new hard disk, Click Next

11. Select VHD, Click Next

12. Select Dynamically allocated, Click Next

13. Select a location to save it to and select a maximum size of the disk (IE: 40 GB), Click Next

14. Click Create

15. Click Create

16. Select the newly created VM and click Settings at the top

17. Click System

18. Check the box for Enable IO APIC

19. Click Network

20. Click Advanced and select Adapter Type: Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (82540EM)

21. Click Audio and select Audio Controller: Intel HD Audio

22. Click OK

23. Click Start

24. On the First Run Wizard click Next

25. For Media Source select the ISO you downloaded from the Windows Dev Center, Click Next and Click Start

26. When the media boots click Next

27. Click Install Now

28. Read the License agreement and agree to it (HAHA), Click Next

29. Select Custom and click Drive options, Click New, click Apply and click OK

30. Click Install

31. Once the Installer finishes follow the on-screen steps and then follow the Installing additional driver steps below.

Installing Additional Drivers:

 1. With the VM Initially configured and logged in as an Administrator click Devices on the Oracale VM VirtualBox window.

2. In the Virtual OS go to Computer, and D drive (or whatever drive the ISO for VirtualBox Guest Additions is mounted to) by right clicking and clicking Open

3. Right click VBoxWindowsAdditions-amd64.exe and click Properties

4. Click the Compatibility tab

5. Check Run this program in compatibility mode for: and select Windows 7

6. Check run this program as an Administrator, Click OK

7. Run the installer and click Install for all the unsigned driver prompts.

8. Congratulations you are done! Make sure you increase your resolution greater than 1024x768 for the Virtual OS for the Metro Apps to work.


Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:53 AM Windows 8 | Back to top

Comments on this post: Getting Hands On With Virtual Machine of Windows 8!

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Too bad for me, I keep having this error in virtualbox:

Left by André on Sep 14, 2011 5:40 PM

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@Andre, what operating system are you running on the Host machine?
Left by Matt Griffin on Sep 14, 2011 6:00 PM

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I get the same error running VirtualBox on Win7Ent x86. I'm using the 32bit Win8 ISO.

I suspect it's because the hardware support for virtualisiation isn't being exposed propertly.
I have a Dell Optiplex 780, which runs a 3GHz INTEL Core 2 Duo E8400, which has support for hardware accellerated virtualisation, but my BIOS reports it's not supported...
Left by Craig on Sep 15, 2011 1:31 AM

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Works, sort of. Everything seems to install okay, but when I check device manager it says there's an error with the VirtualBox Video Driver. Dunno what to do about that.

Looks pretty neat so far, but the contrast between Metro apps and traditional Windows is quite jarring. I hope they refine things a bit more before the beta.
Left by Nick on Sep 15, 2011 3:08 PM

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@Nick as I mentioned in the blog posting the video drivers do not work. If you want it not to show an error in Device Manager you can uninstall the video driver and the default driver will not show an error; however it will not scale to your monitor like a normal virtual machine.
Left by Matt Griffin on Sep 15, 2011 3:10 PM

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For instructions how to manually add additional display resolutions e.g. for widescreen in the VM, you can take a look at my guide here:
Left by Peter Kuhn on Sep 15, 2011 4:32 PM

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That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.
Left by find hosting on Jan 04, 2012 7:07 AM

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