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Join Date: Feb 2012
re: Compatible virtual machine products for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
I don?t think that windows VirtualBox 4.1.8 is should give such response on the VirtualBox 4.1.8, I have found a no of people using the same without any issues, just wanted to know that had you followed the below steps for the installation, assuming that you are having the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images and the Product Key.
- First open the VirtualBox and then create a new virtual machine and just make sure that you are choosing Windows/Windows 8 as the type but then if you are not having that option then you will have to update VirtualBox and in that case just be specific to get the version that will match your download.
- When performing the installation process just select the option for creating virtual disk, here you will need 20GB, it would be better if you use VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) for virtual disk type, if you want then you can use others as well.
- Make use of a dynamically allocated disk for the virtual disk storage details instead of using a fixed size virtual disk.
- When you are done with the creation of the virtual disk then just go in to settings and start tuning.
- Now set the VM?s memory to 2GBs for a 32-bit Windows 8 instance where as 4GBs for the 64-bit version by going in to the System > Motherboard setting enable IO APIC.
- Once you are done with the above steps then make sure that you are changing the chipset to ICH9, if you want then you can use the PIIX3 chipset as well but then I have experience poor performance for it and that is the reason I recommend ICH9.
- Now go in to System > Processors and then enable PAE/NX, if you are having a fast machine with multiple-cores or CPUs then you can just set it to run with two or three processors. You can do that by going in to System > Acceleration and then enable VT-x/AMD-V and Nested Paging.
- After that just go to the left menu bar and then navigate to the Display > Video and then enable 3D as well as 2D acceleration, later you can just push the Windows 8 VM?s video memory to 256MB if required.
- When you are done with the above changes then navigate to the left and then go to which will be under the storage and then go under the left and click on host I/O cache, when you reach here then you will see the Windows 8 Preview .ISO file to be mounted already, if not then you can mount with IDE but then while doing this just make sure that you are using IDE with the ICH6 IDE controller.
- Now you can just start to run the virtual machine and then follow the standard Windows installation instructions.