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Windows 7: Windows 8 on VM Box

14 Jan 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Windows 8 on VM Box

I have purchased the upgrade to Win 8 but do not want to upgrade yet. I have burnt the ISO to disc. I have VM Box installed with Win XP but I would like to install the Win 8 to the VM Box. Have tried using the ISO disc but I get "No bootable disc found"
Any ideas please?

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14 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I'm not sure off hand if that disc is bootable or not. However, as a suggestion, if you just want to play around with Windows 8, download the Enterprise eval. It's 90 days worth of time, and doesn't require a key. Your upgrade would require a key to be entered to continue.
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14 Jan 2013   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello John,

You might double check using these tutorials to see if it may help with using the ISO. If it sill gives you that errorm then you might redownload a new Windows 8 ISO in case you may have a corrupted one.

VirtualBox - Install Windows 8


VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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14 Jan 2013   #4

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In addition, here's the link to that Windows 8 Enterprise 90 Day trial Deacon mentioned, so you do not need to use your licence: Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation.

As the vm is not able to use your host CD/DVD drives without specific instructions, you need to tell vm settings where to look. If your install DVD is OK but vm does not find / is not able to use it, your issue might be so simple you just forgot to tell VirtualBox which CD/DVD to use. If this is the case simply check your Windows 8 virtual machine settings to see if CD/DVD slot in vm storage settings is empty. If yes, click the small CD icon top right and select which host CD/DVD drive vm should use.

Windows 8 on VM Box-2013-01-14_193943.png

Now the installation should find the DVD and boot should stop to ask if you want to boot from DVD.


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