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Windows 7: Windows 8 Dev release

16 Sep 2011   #101
Boastree

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

Remember all the talk of the PC being dead...if we are forced to use an os like this we may as well have a tablet...Just a thought.


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16 Sep 2011   #102
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

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I used a similar method. This is the simplest I've seen to not use a virtual machine app or installing directly to your machine (as primary OS).

Mister Goodcat | Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview as bootable VHD

I think it should be able to be outside of your smaller partition. At first, I thought this was too simple to work as easy as it does.
Thanks Win7User512.

The article seems to use a different partition.

I'll image my operating systems and then give it a try on the weekend.

I'd Rep you, but there doesn't seem to be a button on this thread.
Yes, he does seem to use a different partition altogether. Basically all it is doing is creating a VHD file, copying the install files to it, and then setting the boot entry.

Be warned that I found booting VERY slow, especially the first few boots when it "prepares the desktop" and such. But this is probably because it is a virtualization of the OS and not the OS directly sitting on the hardware, like your primary OS does.

Also during the first few boots, it will seem unresponsive for a while. This is probably normal, considering it is a pre-beta software.


Lastly, I appreciate your attempt to rep! However, you can't rep in the News section (only the help sections)
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16 Sep 2011   #103
Risco

Windows 7 X64 Home Edition
 
 

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Can I install to an external USB drive? As in to be able to boot and run it from it?
I am a little unsure if you mean to Install windows 8 from a USB drive or actually run the OS from a pen drive?

If you do mean install from USB drive then this guide should do the trick:
Create Bootable USB or DVD - Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO

Sorry i can't be of more help with actually running Windows 8 from the pen drive

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
I want to run Windows 8 from my external HDD, as I have loads of space available and don't like messing with my system partitions ( I currently have my OS on one partition and apps / docs etc on another )

So I have an external WD USB drive, which I want to partition, install and boot windows 8 from.
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16 Sep 2011   #104
sandman

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

What a difference running this Windows 8 on my Laptop I even think it runs better than Windows 7 no BSOD so far found all the drivers and is running real fast so far so good the VMware is not a good way to check this new build out properly so have fun and enjoy.
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16 Sep 2011   #105
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Glad to hear it.

It is very slow for me - even if I get rid of all that Metro junk.

Don't mind it being slow, or buggy for that matter - it is pre release so to be expected.

I really can't stand the metro stuff.
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17 Sep 2011   #106
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Not impressed so far

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
I used a similar method. This is the simplest I've seen to not use a virtual machine app or installing directly to your machine (as primary OS).

Mister Goodcat | Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview as bootable VHD

I think it should be able to be outside of your smaller partition. Besides, among the last steps is to set the boot data. At first, I thought this was too simple to work as easy as it does.
I was able to install Windows 8 using that method.
I created a vhd in another partition with no problems.

It didn't preserve my old boot menu entries though.
I no longer get the option to boot XP.

Initial impressions:
  • It does seem to run reasonably quickly (even though it's on a vhd).
  • As I suspected, the new "user friendly" GUI requires even more mouse clicking to get anything done.
  • I couldn't figure out how to change the font face and size (that option doesn't exist).
  • I have no idea how to run any programs (in desktop mode) short of navigating to them using Explorer.
I guess that I'm going to have to use a giant Taskbar and pin EVERYTHING (50+ programs) to it.
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17 Sep 2011   #107
apollodominion

Windows 8 X64 M3 8102 / Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

im studying the start settings right now ill post info and guides when i can!

First you can have each start bar on each screen act independently from main start bar and it own icons!

some new features i have seen:
Wallpaper for each screen
Mini control panel right side pops out near Clock
Quicklinks in task manager
mini start menu (alittle bugged right now i have noticed)
Device hardware official driver update VIA Windows update
Fully customizable BOOT menu options (Duel+ Boot)
windows can be repaired wile using it via CD + Control pane via customize in start
Much faster File copy system seems defrag files when moved!

I will add more from my observations and info i find in windows 8 DEV M3
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17 Sep 2011   #108
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
just installing as a vm - downloaded the 64 bit developer edition.

I'm surprised that there is a 32 bit preview edition as I thought the system would be phased out with W7 being the last MS OS to support 32 bit systems.

I just hope though from other people's previews that I don't have to have the desktop looking like an Iphone cluttered with zillions those horrible square "Apps" icons.

I prefer a minimal desktop with as little cluttering as possible -- however I'm looking forward to installing the preview and seeing if I can get any apps like MS office to work on it.


Cheers
jimbo
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17 Sep 2011   #109
Paul1360

Win 8.1 Ultimate and Home Premium x64 bit
 
 

Thank you all for your advice but alas I'm a dimwit and have decided to forget about windows 8. I think my skilled badge should be changed to "thick as a plank of wood". Just couldn't get it to work as it kept telling me I needed a 64bit OS to run win8 and as my laptop is 64bit, I just gave up. lol
Just looked at Windows Virtual PC is that easy to use? will it run win8 Dev Pre????
iechyd da
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17 Sep 2011   #110
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Well I've had 2/3 days on 8 now and I for one love it. I've got it set up the way I want and once you get used to where things are it becomes second nature again.The initially obtrusive Metro view actually I find useful once you get rid of the useless stuff and get it organised the way you want.
Took me 4 hours today to edit all the icon files to the way I like them, but its good to know many of the tutorials people here spent a lot of time producing are relevant to 8. Up to now I've had no problems installing any programs or using any of the registry tweeks from here, with the exception of the "icon cache rebuild" bat file which doesn't seem to run right as the system stalls on restarting so had to do it manually. and the fact I too can't find a way to change font face and size, at least not smaller anyway.

All in all I like it.

Danny
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