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Windows 7: Testing Windows 8

25 Aug 2012   #1
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Testing Windows 8

Probably in the wrong place but I want to see what all the fuss is about with Windows 8 so have found an articl on "install the Windows 8 Developer Preview into a virtual machine on your PC."
I just want to see for myself the general layout etc. Is this a good route for me to take and will it be straightforward to remove the install later on?
Thanks for any opinions!



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25 Aug 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Personally, I would follow one of these from our own Windows 8 forum:

VirtualBox - Install Windows 8
How to Install Windows 8 on VMware Player

Its easy to back-out if you want - just remove the VM.

Regards,
Golden
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25 Aug 2012   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Many thanks. I thought Brinks tut looked good as usual so decided to go ahead with that. First problem. When I go to Download the ISO I get the message that is will take 7 hours and 26 minutes to download. Does this sound right.? If so i will leave it go over night but thought I would just check. thanks
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25 Aug 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
will take 7 hours and 26 minutes to download. Does this sound right.?
Hi,

That seems a tad long - I guess it depends on the connection? What speed does it show its downloading at?

Regards,
Golden
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25 Aug 2012   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Round about 180kb/sec. Range = Up to 200 and down to 140
No great worry as i will just let it go now. Out for most of the rst of the day so can leave it go!
Thanks
John
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25 Aug 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I run it in Virtual Box. Gave it 2GB of RAM and 25GB of disk space. Runs perfectly side by side with the Win7 host and has no impact on Win7 - even not on my 'small' system where I have only 4GB of RAM.
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25 Aug 2012   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I run it in Virtual Box. Gave it 2GB of RAM and 25GB of disk space. Runs perfectly side by side with the Win7 host and has no impact on Win7 - even not on my 'small' system where I have only 4GB of RAM.
Thanks for that, am just waiting for the ISO to finish downloading.
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25 Aug 2012   #8
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Update:
Although initially it showed download time of over 7 hours it did in fact only take 4 hrs and 10 mins so quite happy with that. Now to read the instructions twice before starting!
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26 Aug 2012   #9
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

OK Have made a start. Everything going well until Item 14 on Guide "How to install Windows 8 in Virtual Box."
Instrution reads "Click Next" but there is no next button. I did scroll down to the botom of that Windows 13?

See here:
Testing Windows 8-win8.png

So am stuck at this point.


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26 Aug 2012   #10
z3r010

 

Just double click there you have arrowed and then you should get the next box.
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