Today I spent an hour installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) on my laptop using Oracle VirtualBox. Before you begin installing Windows 8 download Oracle VirtualBox and either the Windows 8 consumer preview 32-bit or 64-bit ISO.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO
Once you have downloaded VirtualBox and an ISO follow the set-up steps below.
Step 1: Launch VirtualBox and click the ‘new’ button.
Step 2: In the wizard enter a name for your virtual machine. I used ‘Win8 CP’. Select an OS and version from the dropdown’s.
Name Virtual Machine and Select OS type
Step 3: Allocate memory for the virtual machine. I ended up giving my virtual machine 2GB’s.
Allocate memory for the virtual machine
Step 4: Create a new virtual hard disk.
Create a new virtual hard disk
Step 5: Choose a file format for your virtual hard disk.
Virtual hard disk format
Step 6: Give your virtual hard disk a name and a maximum size. For Win8 32-bit select 20GB for 64-bit select 25GB.
Set size of virtual hard disk
Step 7: Review your virtual hard disk settings before creating it.
Review settings before creating virtual hard disk
Step 8: You should now see your virtual machine listed in VirtualBox. Simply click ‘Start’ to run your virtual machine.
New virtual machine listed in VirtualBox
Step 9: When you run the virtual machine for the first time you will see a wizard. Click next.
Click next on First Run Wizard
Step 10: Select a installation source. As we are installing Windows 8 consumer preview select the .ISO you downloaded earlier. Then click next.
Select Win8 ISO
Step 11: You will see a Windows 8 install screen. Select your locale and click next.
Select locale for Windows 8
Step 12: Click ‘Install now’.
Windows 8 Install Now
Step 13: Enter your product Key (if you don’t have one you can use the one in the picture).
Windows 8 Product Key
My product key
Step 14: Accept the Windows 8 terms & conditions.
Windows 8 Terms
Step 15: Choose Custom install.
Step 16: Installation begins.
Step 17: Windows 8 starts running.
Setup is updating registry settings
Step 18: Windows 8 is installed and running. This is the new Metro interface.
Windows 8 is running!