How To Install And Use Windows 8 On Oracle VirtualBox; Procedure Also Same For Windows 7, Ubuntu, Mandriva…

Written by Chaks

Topics: Articles, How To, Software Review, Windows

Oracle VirtualBox is a free powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization software package currently being developed by Oracle Corporation allows you to run any guest operating system on your host operating system.  Oracle VirtualBox itself is installed on an existing host operating system as an application; this host application allows additional guest operating systems, each known as a Guest OS, to be loaded and run, each with its own virtual environment.

Oracle VM Virtual Box

VirtualBox Running Windows 7

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include pre-release software that may change without notice.  You can’t uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media. So, it is always best to install and test the Windows 8 on a VirtualBox.

Step 0:

Download and install the Oracle VirtualBox, If you don’t have it already (See the bottom of the page for Download links).

Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview version ISO file from here (See the bottom of the page for direct Download links)

Step 1:

Open the VirtualBox and click on the New icon to create a New Virtual Machine

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Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 2:

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Enter the Name and Select the Operating System as shown in the above screenshot. Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 3: 

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Change the default base memory size 1GB would be ideal for faster access. Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 4:

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Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 5:

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Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 6:

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Virtual Disk storage details allows you to choose between the options dynamic and fixed. Dynamic option is faster while installing but would perform little slower while executing. Fixed option would take couple of minutes of time to create the virtual disk, but it would be faster on accessing the OS. Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 7:

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Change the default location to a standard commonly accessible location so that the disk will be available to other users of your machine. You can export and import your Virtual Machines so that the same virtual disk can be used by multiple users. Click on Next in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 8:

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Click on Create in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 9:

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Now the virtual disk space is being created. Since we selected the Fixed disk option, it would take couple of minutes. This screen would appear only if you select the Fixed disk option.

Step 10:

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Click on Create in the New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 11:

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Now the Virtual Machine is created and we need to configure it for Windows 8.

Select the Windows 8 and Click on the Settings button

Step 12:

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Click on Storage. Select Empty under the IDEController.  In the Attributes window click on the CD Icon and select Choose a CD/DVD disk file…

Select the downloaded Windows 8 ISO image file

Install Error:

You may encounter the below error if the Hardware Acceleration is not enabled in your computer. Windows 8 requires this feature and it can be set with in the BIOS configuration.

Microsoft is providing a free tool “Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool” which is used to detect the hardware settings of your machine. The download link is provided in the bottom of this article.

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Step 13:

Once the Windows 8 ISO is assigned, select the Windows 8 from the left panel and click on the Start button (you can also double click on the Windows 8). This will start executing the Virtual Machine and the Windows 8 installation will begin.

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Click on Next button

Step 14:

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Click on Install Now button

Step 15:

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Accept the agreement and Click on Next button

Step 16:

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Click on Custom (advanced) button

Step 17:

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This would show the available disks (virtual). Click on Next button. You would be asked to enter the User detail in the next screens.

Step 18:

The installation is completed and the new interface of Windows 8 would be shown.

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Click on the available icons to goto that application.

Note: You may have to hit the Enter key on your key board if your mouse is not showing up any action, particularly when multiple users are setup in windows 8.

Other Install Error:

Guru Meditation error is a fatal error your Virtual Machine will not be able to continue until you fix the error. You may need check your configuration settings, virtual disk space etc.,

Win 8 Virtual Machine Guru Meditation

Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64): DOWNLOAD

Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64): DOWNLOAD

Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86): DOWNLOAD

Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool: DOWNLOAD

System Requirements

The Windows 8 Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

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