Thursday, March 8, 2012

Windows 8 Virtualbox—Procedure to Install Windows 8 in Virtualbox

There are lots of Virtual Machines Apps which allow you to install OS in virtual environment but all these apps are not available free of cost.

Free Applications:

· Oracle’s Virtualbox

· VMWare’s Player 4.0

Get Started:

· Download Windows 8

· Download Oracle’s Virtualbox

Before you start downloading Windows 8 and Oracle’s Virtualbox, match your system specs:

Procedure to Install Windows 8 in Virtualbox

Important Points

· Enable Virtualization Technology

· Free p RAM, more than 1.5 is enough

· Free up Storage, 20 GB

Once you have enabled virtualization technology, start installing Virtualbox. When you start installation, few pop-ups would appear and you need to click on Allow. Below are given steps to install Virtulbox.

1. Double click on setup file to install Virtualbox.

2. Click on New once Virtualbox is launched.

3. Now you can see Virtualbox installation Wizard.

4. Click on Next

5. Type the name of Virtual Machine.

6. Select Windows 7 as version and Windows as Operating System.

7. Click Next

Allocate memory, consider following suggestions

1. Allocate more RAM when installing Windows 8 64-bit.

2. Click on Next once done.

You can use your existing hard disk as startup disk or you can create new hard disk. Default option would be Create new Hard Disk. Click on Next as given below

Ensure VDI (Virtaulbox Disk Image) is selected. Now click on Next

Now you have two options either to select Fixed size or Dynamically Allocated. Select Fixed size and click on Next.

You can increase or decrease the amount of hard disk space as its set to 20 GB by default. Once done, click on Next button.

Have a look at summary of what you have done before. Click on create

This step would take time almost 5 to 30 mins.

After this step you can see click on Create. Now you can see main interface .

1. Select Windows 8 settings

2. Select System

3. Ensure IO APIC is enabled in motherboard tab.

4. You have an option to uncheck enable absolute pointing device.

Ensure Enable PAE/NX is checked by moving processor tab.

Now click on Acceleration tab and in front of Hardware Virtualization check both boxes.

*check all these settings

· Now click on Storage | Empty under IDE Controller.

· Select CD Icon

· Choose Virtual CD/DVD drive

· Now go to Windows 8 developer build ISO file | Select it

· OK

Now click on Start | Follow onscreen instructions.

Use Windows 8

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