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Install Windows 8 Dev Preview in VMware Workstation

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 Sep 2011 0:58 User comments (58)

Install Windows 8 Dev Preview in VMware Workstation Microsoft is providing ISO images of the Windows 8 Developer Preview software shown at the BUILD keynote yesterday, and with VMware you (should) be able to sample it as a virtual Guest OS.
First things first. VMware Workstation is not free (VMWare Player is no good for this, for now). However, you can get VMware Workstation on a 30-day trial. To do this, you need to get a product key from VMware. This is a little bit annoying, but worth it (and definitely better than paying $199.99 for a license just to check out software).

You will need Workstation 8, which was just officially released yesterday.

Step 1 - Get VMware Workstation


To get VMware Workstation, you must first request a Product Key from VMware.

Follow this link to get the key for the trial: https://www.vmware.com/...

Creating a new VMware account is a little bit annoying, as they ask quite a lot of personal questions, but what you "really" need here is a valid e-mail address - your honesty for the rest of it is not really our concern. After registering, you will get an e-mail to the account you specified with information on retrieving a key. You will need this key during the installation of VMware Workstation 8. You can also download the VMware Workstation 8 installer from the VMware site.

Step 2 - Get Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO


Microsoft is offering direct downloads of THREE separate ISOs.

Pick one from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/...

Please NOTE the minimum system requirements of each, and then realize that you will need to go beyond the memory requirements on the machine you install VMWare Workstation on. For this example, we will be installing the x86 developer preview, in VMware Workstation, on a notebook with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5500 @ 1.67GHz and 2GB of RAM. If you want to try an x64 installation, you will obviously need more memory than that.

TIP: You can use a download accelerator program for the ISO images, since they are simply direct downloads. JDownloader is highly recommended for that (read a guide for that here.) Downloading directly in your browser will surely take longer.

Step 3 - Create New Virtual Machine




Run VMware Workstation 8. Click "Create a New Virtual Machine", and a new window will pop up (below).


What type of configuration for your VM? - Choose "Typical" here.

Click Next.


Guest Operating System Installation. - Here you are expected to provide a source for your Operating System installation, so this would be either a CD/DVD or ISO image. If you had a Windows 7 DVD, for example, VMWare would recognise the version and would make the process even easier than it already is to complete.

VMware does not recognise the developer preview of Windows 8 yet, however. To avoid possible problems with Setup, here we are going to choose the third option; "I will install the Operating System later."

Click Next.


Select a Guest Operating System. - To automate certain things, VMware asks you to select which Guest Operating System you want to Install. Select "Microsoft Windows", and for the Version, select "Windows 7" if installing the x86 / 32-bit version of the Windows 8 Developer Preview, or "Windows 7 x64" if installing the x64 / 64-bit version of the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Click Next.


Name the Virtual Machine / Provide Location. - You can name your Virtual Machine anything you want, since the name only matters to VMware anyway (it's not the same as naming your OS installation later on). As for the Location, this can be any folder on any disk where you can provide at least 20GB space, if needed (see next step for more info).

If you have more than one physical drive connected to your computer (directly, not USB), it might be a good idea to store your Virtual Machine files in a dictory on a different physical disk than your Host operating system is installed. In our case, we can't, so we just opt for "C:Win8". You can use any blank Director (folder) you choose.

Click Next.


Specify Disk Capacity. - VMware will suggest 60GB for Windows 7. You do not need that much just to test out the Developer copy of Windows 8. We choose 30GB, but 20GB will be just fine.

NOTE: This does not mean 20GB hard disk space will be used up immediately. This is the maximum amount of storage space the Guest OS is allowed to use on your hard drive. Even though you might set it to 20GB, only around 6-7GB will actually be used up upon installation. What you specify here is just the maximum space it can utilize.

We also suggest that you opt to "Store Virtual Disk as a Single File," for performance reasons.

Click Next.


Hardware - Memory. - The next thing you need to do is specify some hardware settings for your Virtual Machine. For memory, you will need to set at least 1GB (1024MB) for the x86 installation, or 2GB (2048MB) for the x64 installation.

Now click Processors.


Hardware - Processors. - If you have a single-core processor, you can leave the number of processors at 1, and number of cores at 1. If you have a dual-core processor, as we do on the test system, then set "Number of cores per processor," to 2.

Now click CD/DVD.


Hardware - CD/DVD/ISO. - If we were to boot your Virtual Machine now, it would have nothing to do, it would just stop at "Operating System Not Found," so we need to specify some media to boot from.

Under Connection, select "Use ISO image file". Click Browse, and navigate to the directory where you saved the ISO image containing the Windows 8 Developer Preview installation. Double click the ISO file when you find it to select it.

Now when you power on your Virtual Machine, that ISO image will be mounted to a virtual CD/DVD drive, and once the VM finds nothing on the virtual hard drive, it will proceed to boot from the virtual CD/DVD drive instead.

Click Close.


Power on your Virtual Machine. - You will now see your Virtual Machine, powered Off, in VMware Workstation. Click "Power on this Virtual Machine" and wait for the installation to commence.

Some things to remember...
  • Double click inside Virtual Machine, tap CTRL + ALT + ENTER to go Full Screen mode.
  • CTRL + G allows you to input data directly to VM.
  • CTRL + ALT + ENTER also exits full screen.
  • To unlock your Keyboard / Mouse from VM, hold CTRL + ALT outside of Full Screen.

Step 4 - Windows Setup



Install Windows. - Select your Language, Time and Currency Format and Keyboard or input method.

After you make your selection, click Next, then click "Install Now", when the option appears. You will get a License information screen, accept the License Agreement and click Next.


What type of installation do you want?. - Since your VMware is acting like a fresh OS-less PC, click the Custom option, which will install a new copy of Windows.


Where do you want to Install Windows?. - Well obviously there is only one option, so select that.

Click Next.


Windows Installation Process. - The Windows Installation Process does not ask you for anything else before proceeding to setup an account and change some settings. This is actually a pretty fast installation, taking just over 10 minutes for us to complete.

Still, the amount of time you will be waiting depends on your own hardware and the resources available to VMware. The Virtual Machine will reboot several times, and will appear to be doing nothing at least once. Just wait.

Step 5 - Personalize User Account, Settings



Name Your PC. - The first thing you need to do is name your PC. You cannot use special characters or spacing. Also, remember that your PC cannot have the same name as your user account.

When done, click Next.


Use Express Settings?. - Express Settings are typical security settings, network settings etc. You can take the extra step of clicking Customize to turn any off that you want. Some users, for example, won't want to send information to make "Windows and location services better."

Either click Express Settings now, or Customize.


Use Windows Live Address?. - There are two ways to use an account in Windows 8, one is through using your Windows Live Account (much like Xbox Live), or if you would prefer not to, then you can create a local account. Either enter an email address here for Windows Live services or click, "Don't want to login on Windows Live ID?".


Create a Local Account. - You will be given the chance again here to create a Windows Live account (which you can always do later) or opt to Create a Local Account.

Click "Local Account".


Local Account Details. - Here you will have the chance to pick a User Name, set a Password and a Password Reminder.

When you have done that click Next.

Now Windows will go into a cycle of Finalizing settings for you (might reboot). After this is done, it will automatically log you in.


First Metro UI Appearance. - If you are now at the Metro UI, congratulations, everything has gone fine so far. You can now click the button below the Window indicating that you have finished the Installation (yellow bar below the Virtual Machine window in VMware).

You will notice however that your sound is (probably) not working, your screen resolution is (probably) very low and your (probably) aspect ratio is probably wrong. So to make this look "good" and work properly, it is vital to install the VMware Tools.

To do this, we need to get out of Metro UI and back to the traditional Desktop. Click the "Desktop" tile in the Metro UI and it will load a Windows 7-like Desktop.

Step 6 - Install VMware Tools



VMware Tools Installation. - Now that you are on the Windows 8 Development Preview Desktop, we need to install the VMware tools. To do this, move your cursor to the top of the screen and to the VM menu.

Click VM and then click Install VMware Tools. You will get a pop-up window, so just confirm you want to install the tools and continue.


Run the VMware tools Setup. - To insall the VMware Tools, VMware will emulate an installation CD within your Guest operating system. Windows 8 will NOT load the setup automatically, and chances are you will miss the notification that a disc has been inserted completely.

Therefore, you need to manually run the Setup program. To do that, open Windows Explorer in the traditional Desktop (click the Folder on the Taskbar).

In the Address Bar, type Computer and hit Enter. You will now see the information on the drives connected to your Virtual Computer. The CD/DVD drive will be shown as VMware disc.

Right click it, and click "Play Autorun". and then from the options that appear, click Run Setup.

You will get a UAC prompt that you need to accept, and after that the Setup should load (you might need to minimize Explorer to see it.)


Typical Installation. - Choose to Install the VMware tools in the installer that appears. You will be asked to sepcify a Typical, Complete or Custom installation. All you will need to select here is Typical (you can always re-install / remove tools later if need be).

Select "Typical" and click Next.

The VMware Tools installation will take a few minutes. Your screen will probably go black several times as the Video driver is being installed. Once it has completed, you will need to restart your system as prompted.


Success? - The boot right after the VMware installation might take some extra time to complete, but just hang in there. If all went well, you should now see the Metro UI appear in a higher resolution.

That's it. You now have the Windows 8 Developer Preview installed in VMware Workstation, so have fun.

Please keep comments below for questions / tips on the information provided here. If you want to comment on whether or not you like Windows 8, please do it here instead.

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58 user comments

115.9.2011 1:43

You can also install Windows 8 on Oracle's Virtualbox, which is completely free.

215.9.2011 2:10

Originally posted by ichihaifu:
You can also install Windows 8 on Oracle's Virtualbox, which is completely free.
Yep, but I tried VirtualBox several times Tuesday night, kept getting internal error and when I had a look around I didn't seem to be the only one, so I went with VMware instead.

315.9.2011 5:19

Installing now. Just happened to get a full lic copy of VMware from my School. Real nice setup

415.9.2011 8:39

Every time I try this on a VM workstation or from a burnt dvd onto a Blank disc partition I always get the error No device drivers found This is for an install area? Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thx

515.9.2011 8:45

Originally posted by ScootMcF:
Every time I try this on a VM workstation or from a burnt dvd onto a Blank disc partition I always get the error No device drivers found This is for an install area? Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thx
No device drivers found. Hmm, when exactly would you get that? After installating? Before installation?

615.9.2011 10:56
Tucker Watts
Unverified new user

I have tried the following setups:

x64 & x86 on vSphere 4 - Failed
x64 & x86 on VMWare Server - Failed
x64 & x86 on VirtualBox - Failed
x86 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Success
x64 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Failed

At this time, Workstation 8 with the x86 iso is your best bet.

715.9.2011 11:56

Originally posted by Tucker Watts:
I have tried the following setups:

x64 & x86 on vSphere 4 - Failed
x64 & x86 on VMWare Server - Failed
x64 & x86 on VirtualBox - Failed
x86 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Success
x64 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Failed

At this time, Workstation 8 with the x86 iso is your best bet.
Yep that seems to be the report from around the web really.

815.9.2011 12:03

You have to also make sure that the bios has VM enabled otherwise it wont work on most machines as it comes with it disabled from factory.

915.9.2011 14:42
Spazturtle
Unverified new user

Originally posted by ScootMcF:
Every time I try this on a VM workstation or from a burnt dvd onto a Blank disc partition I always get the error No device drivers found This is for an install area? Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thx
That means the downloaded disk image is corrupted, re download it.

1015.9.2011 14:57
leandronbt
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Dela:
Originally posted by ScootMcF:
Every time I try this on a VM workstation or from a burnt dvd onto a Blank disc partition I always get the error No device drivers found This is for an install area? Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thx
No device drivers found. Hmm, when exactly would you get that? After installating? Before installation?
I have the same error, this error ocurre before installation, on after screen " Language, Time and Currency Format and Keyboard or input method", i tried load default drivers for VMware but no ok. Any idea?

1115.9.2011 15:41

i have a spare laptop that i just erased and loaded the 64-bit build on. Works great! the first thing that i noticed however, was that this new operating system is NOT designed for keyboard/mouse use as the primary input devices. this appears to have been made with "Touch Screen" input as the primary means of input. at least for the metro apps that is.

1215.9.2011 16:17

Originally posted by Tucker Watts:
I have tried the following setups:

x64 & x86 on vSphere 4 - Failed
x64 & x86 on VMWare Server - Failed
x64 & x86 on VirtualBox - Failed
x86 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Success
x64 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Failed

At this time, Workstation 8 with the x86 iso is your best bet.

To install in Virtual Box you have to change the VM's IDE controller type to ICH6. To install Virtual Box's equiv to VMware tools, you open the mounted ISO for that in Computer, and browse to exe file for installation, and right click choose properties, set the comparability to Windows 7. Worked like a charm for me. To get audio and network working you need to change the virtual network adapter to Intel, and audio to Intel. That is it.

I should note I had performance issues with Virtual Box, so I opted to upgrade my VMware workstation from 7 to 8 so this is why I cam across this guide. Figured I'd post this information for those that don't have the money for VMware workstation or already have existing VMs in Virtual Box and want to go that route.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Sep 2011 @ 16:35

1316.9.2011 2:33

I just got Windows 8 Developer Preview installed on my PC. Local install, no VM.

However, is it just me, or is the mail, photos, and people tiles/ apps missing from the start/tile screen?

I installed with a live account. I also created new accounts.

Can someone please confirm these "apps/tiles" are not released yet? Thanks a ton, guys.

1416.9.2011 3:14
PassingThrough
Unverified new user

FYI, I got Windows8 x64 working in VMware Workstation8. I didn't do anything special, just selected win 7x64 as guest OS and loaded Win8 per the instructions above.

1516.9.2011 4:14
PassingThrough
Unverified new user

Originally posted by PassingThrough:
FYI, I got Windows8 x64 working in VMware Workstation8. I didn't do anything special, just selected win 7x64 as guest OS and loaded Win8 per the instructions above.
Spoke too soon. Looks like you'll run into issues if you install VMWare Tools on the guest VM. The OS works fine without.

1616.9.2011 8:59

Got is working with VMware Workstation 8 with Win 8 Dev Preview 32 bit combination. Looks cool. For me only IE10, Windows Explorer, Control Panel tiles are working. Rest of the tile doesn't respond, is this fine? When I install something new, the tile appears and works fine.

1716.9.2011 9:25

Smooth install of the 64 bit on MS Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Runs slowly though - the small metro apps often max out the CPU. No joy at all with VMWare 6.5 even after importing from the Hyper-V copy. Time to upgrade methinks.

1816.9.2011 9:55

I got mine loaded up right off a 40GB hard drive, its unpolished but if they add some things to make finding the installed programs easier, I love the reinstall without losing your programs option , dose WIN 7 have anything like that?


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1916.9.2011 13:37
Shanne
Unverified new user

this is the error i am getting in VM Ware 7.1[img]C:\Users\Shanne11\Desktop\windows 8 issue[/img]

2016.9.2011 20:33

Thanks for the tutorial. Works great for me using Vmware 8 and Windows preview x64 build





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2117.9.2011 23:25
vinivite
Unverified new user

0xc000021a I get this error! D': What should I do? I'm using the x64 iso.

2227.9.2011 19:23

x64 on VMWare Workstation 8 - success .)


If something is worth of doing then it's worth of doing well !

2328.9.2011 13:28
sudharaka
Unverified new user

x64 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Sucess

2430.9.2011 15:41
GodOverSOn
Unverified new user

x64 on VM-WS 8, what they said for me worked above, make sure you pick "I will install the Operating System later." because when vmware tries to do a auto install, it wont work. you pick a MSDOS or freeOS 64bit it wont work.

follow the instructions above to the Letter.

253.10.2011 9:12

i have had problems installing it with virtualbox, i am downloading vmware 8 now!

268.10.2011 2:43
letaureau
Unverified new user

tried x64 on vm 6.5&7 :: failed
then vm8 :: success
its designed mainly for touch sense so its a little weird at first but a good design all in all..

2712.10.2011 4:58
tickoo
Unverified new user

I cannot install 32bit

the system said cannot connect to virtual.. as shown on this picture
[img]cannot.png[img]

[img]cannotfound.png[/img]

2815.10.2011 9:40
Hamada Salah
Unverified new user

very good Windows 8

2925.10.2011 3:05

Originally posted by Dela:
Originally posted by ichihaifu:
You can also install Windows 8 on Oracle's Virtualbox, which is completely free.
Yep, but I tried VirtualBox several times Tuesday night, kept getting internal error and when I had a look around I didn't seem to be the only one, so I went with VMware instead.
I would use VMware cuz is good for fullscreen.
You know VtBox didn't have a problem, maybe u didnt select the 4 processors.

3027.10.2011 2:25
WvuSoldier
Unverified new user

So what have we learned from this?

That a new version of windows fails at basic driver support?


check and roger.

*goes back to linux*

3127.10.2011 2:47

Originally posted by WvuSoldier:
So what have we learned from this?

That a new version of windows fails at basic driver support?


check and roger.

*goes back to linux*
true. i love ubuntu
i only installed it as for fun, wasn't going to use it.

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327.11.2011 9:46

Ok. so I did all of the steps, got to the windows 8 dev preview screen (with the loading circles) and then blue screen. Not sure where I went wrong. I have the X64bit version, should I download the 32bit version? Or is there a tool to check to see if it downloaded right? I have an HP pavilion dv7-4060us if that helps.

Thanks!

3313.11.2011 12:54
memyasdf
Unverified new user

working great at last! thanks for the info.

3413.11.2011 23:00
TravisBrown2012
Unverified new user

I just got windows 8 on my Virtual Machine of Vmware workstation 8. It was pritty cool because the computer does not support virtuallation I guest or something but the installion works on it. But it a Dell Vostro 1500 with Intel core 2 Inside But it looks like it should run that but ya it running awsomely I love it. But leave any comment about this comment if you want to. Send me a message travisbrown2012@math.com

3513.11.2011 23:36
TravisBrown2012
Unverified new user

Never mind it deed not work. I guest I cant run Virtuallation on my computer it kind of sucks because it installed it the whole getout and it restarted and it keep telling me something happen and need to restart computer or something. And I deed not know what was going on it was kind of stuped I guest. But what ever I guest I need a big and fully and that support virtualation I guest.

3613.11.2011 23:39
TravisBrown2012
Unverified new user

But it not a whole lost I have windows 8 on my netbook it is working greate and am writing tbis blog or comment on windows 8 development preview right know it kind of cool I love it. But I just dont know why it not working on my other computer it has a intel core 2 and it has 2GB of RAM it run windows 7 and it should run windows 8 Development Preview but what ever right it kind of stuped.

3716.11.2011 12:03
xuj
Unverified new user

Great tutorial! thank you so much! it really works!

3821.11.2011 10:48
That guy
Unverified new user

i have vm7 with a test win7 vm and DL the iso and ran it as an update with in the win7 vm and so far its taking a lot longer but seems to be working fine will post back if i have any problms

3924.11.2011 6:18
Sachin latiyan
Unverified new user

x86 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Success

4024.11.2011 9:20
eyesark
Unverified new user

confirmed, windows 8 does install on VMware Workstation 8.00

On VMware 7, it gives us the sad looking BSoD

4125.11.2011 1:21
morozov
Unverified new user

I have working win 8 64 bit on VMware Player 4.0.1 build-528992.

I did mostly like above, but first installation was done as Other os 64bit.
Install and wait for crash. Shut down and change other os to win 7 64bit. Boot from dvd and install again. Format bigger partition but leave smaller untouched. Install to formatted partition. Now you should have working win8. :)

I found this from communities.vmware.com/thread/328228?start=15&tstart=0

I dont know if this is well known or not, but maybe this helps someone.

4229.11.2011 0:06

Installed and working 100%, not sure I like it or not.


Jonathan

4321.12.2011 10:18
Wanted7
Unverified new user

x64 on VMWare Workstation 8 - Success
Great tutorial .. Thanks so much

4428.12.2011 13:53
ricksj44
Unverified new user

very nice......

452.1.2012 14:45
djmeznyc
Unverified new user

ok i got the 64 bit version working on workstation 8, now can i save this virtual machine and transfer it over to another virtual system, like vmware player, or virtual box since this will only be good for 30 days...??

4612.1.2012 13:18

i have workstation 8.1 that now had Windows 8 x32/64 as a guest OS

4719.1.2012 11:14

<p> hi guys, i was using win8 DP from two months and it was doing well :)
but today after increasing its custom text size to 500% it fails to load help needed to get access without resetting or refreshing PC </p>
i've also tried to open display setting using cmd but its not loading pls help

THANKS IN ADVANCE

4820.2.2012 1:26
Dominique1
Unverified new user

Hi, Im a computer user whos blind and use Vmware Workstation. When installing can you run Narator on instilation for a talking installer? Can someone tell me the keys that you can press *hotkeys* to get win8 installed with no site? Reocmmended settings, (e.g) Alt+N for Next, Alt+I for I agree, or something like that? Do you press "enter first before installing?

4924.2.2012 12:04
Lunatic0205
Unverified new user

I downloaded the 32-bit version. Virtual Box kept giving me problems regarding the hardware assisted virtualisation being disabled. VMware isn't giving me that problem. And regarding VMware being a paid software and not a free one, you can always get a pirated copy on the internet.

5029.2.2012 19:54
Mellowtones
Unverified new user

I have installed on virtual box with no problems

513.3.2012 3:16

The tutorial works the same for Windows 8 Customer Preview x64 as well.





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526.3.2012 5:15
frostymarvelous
Unverified new user

Thanks for this. Worked like a charm.
I am however using this for the consumer preview that just came out.

5310.3.2012 12:06

Firstly thanks for this valuable information.. But i wanna ask that how i can upgrade my win7 to win8? If i install on win7 would it delete all my SYSTEM(C:) disk or whatelse?

5429.3.2012 7:27
westerdaled
Unverified new user

Hi


Before I embark on this.. I am looking on what will give the best performance say on in i7 laptop

1) windows 8 host + vmware workstation 8 + win 2008 R2 guests
2) windows 7 host + vmware workstation 8 + win 2008 R2 + windows 8 guests
3) ???

I just wondered what people think?

5518.4.2012 3:53
Robsta2
Unverified new user

x86 running Virtual Box. Success.

If you get a memory error on the first install screen, go into Settings, System, Acceleration tab. Un-tick 'Enable Nested Paging'.

562.5.2012 19:08
RPScott
Unverified new user

Windows 7 x64
VMware 8
Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64
Followed your instructions

Works like hot syrup and butter on pancakes.

Thanks!

578.5.2012 1:45
finchel
Unverified new user

Windows 7 x64
VMware player 4.0.3 (free)
Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64
Followed your instructions

Works correctly. Note that if you need to configure an HTTP proxy, you should probably go through the Desktop->IE->settings (weird, but probably has to do with keybord layout)

Thanks!

582.6.2012 17:42

I just finished installing using the free VmWare Player without having to buy Workstation 8. All attempts had failed prior to using the method outlined here. I used VmWare Player and followed the rest of the instructions here and it worked fine with the x64 version of the new Developers Preview. I previously had no problem installing the Consumers Preview x64 version, but I was banging my head on the wall on this one until I read this article. Thanks so much.

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