Want to try Windows 8 in a virtual machine?


Days ago that Microsoft issued the previous version for developers (in English, developer preview) of the new operating system that the Redmond company has prepared for us and that will become the incursion of the company in the world of the Tablet sector. I am referring to Windows 8.
Proven once one is when he asks: willit will be the replacement of Windows 7Windows 7 in State of grace, and that in a short time it has become the new flagship of the company, especially when he needed most now that its output has caused to forget the fiasco that was Vista.

For my part it is a NOI do not want to enter in the (completely false) argument of those people who say that the operating systems Windows, always have to change them with even numbers, i.e.. If we look back, we can see from the time of Windows 98, the user has always had a really positive feedback for those operating systems that were not consecutive. For example:
  • Windows 98 user, is passed to Windows 2000 (with negative opinion) and then passes to Windows Xp (with a really positive view)
  • User with Windows Xp, is passed to Windows Vista (with negative opinion) and then passes to Windows 7 (with a really positive view)

So, we can define the output of Windows 8 If Windows 7 is going really well? Let's say that it is an operating system focused on the Tablet sectorare booming so for a couple of years. Although it will also have a desktop version and will work without any problem with keyboard and mouse.
Despite everything, that makes me think that this system is not the definitive change but that I regard more as a Windows 7 Tablet (or a 7.5 Windows) as want you to call, and that is what is removed after the tests that I have been able to carry out this week.

Requirements for testing

Downloading image
We will prepare our work area to test the new Windows 8. First of all, we will have to download the .iso image(ready to burn on a DVD, but today won't be the case) which will contain the operating system (in State Developer Preview, remember). We can download it from the official website, simply playing the following link. It is a file of 2'8 GigaBytes. Link to Windows 8 Developer Preview
Downloading the Virtual Box
Now are you? Have you completed? Perfect, we are going to continue. Then you have to download the version appropriate to your operating system in Virtual Box, the program for creating virtual machines, and that will help us to set up the operating system there. Quiet, is as if you had a PC only for testing. Everything that happens in the virtual machine will be there, without prejudice to anything in our main computer.
You can download the version that corresponds to your operating system from the link below. Link to Virtual Box .

Start the installation

Configuring the virtual machine
Once the two things, both Windows 8 Developer Preview as Virtual Box, we are going to set up the operating system.
  1. Start Virtual Box and we will set up a new virtual machine
  2. Assign you a name and select the system is Windows 7. Not padezcáis by this assignment happens absolutely nothing
  3. We are going to allocate RAM memory. Depending on your computer, I do not force it, I am in favour of allocating half of which you have on the real machine. In other words, if you have 4 GB of RAM, assign 2 GB. If you have 2 GB of RAM, assign 1 GB, etc.
  4. Now create new disk, so:
    1. Select type DVI
    2. Select fixed size
    3. Size leave it by default, 20 GB is plenty of
  5. Once all this is done, give to create and take few minutes to create the virtual machine

Installing the operating system
Well, made the first part, we will continue. Once created the virtual machine, her you will have in the main screen, specifically in the left column. Let's continue:
  1. We recruit and touch "settings"
  2. System", we look at the following:
    1. Enable IO APIC has to be activated, which is very important.
    2. On the tab Enable PAE/NX processor to be activated
    3. Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging must be activated
  3. We are going to "storage" - > "IDE controller" - > CD/DVD drive and select "choose a virtual CD/DVD", then choose the .iso image that we downloaded earlier.
Well, that's it, once made all these steps, as we can select the virtual machine, give the "Play" button to get it to boot and start its installation.


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