Windows 8: An installation walk-through

Summary:Want to see what the Windows 8 developer build setup looks like? Want to know how to install Windows 8 into a virtual PC? Read on!

Getting a lot of questions about Windows 8 and the setup process so I thought that a quick gallery showing a walk-through of the installation process would answer a lot of questions.

So here it is!

Click here to view the Windows 8 installation walk-through gallery

Another question I'm being asked is how can you install this into a virtual machine rather than dedicating an entire PC to the operations.

Here's how!

Note: Your PC must support hardware virtualization for this to work.

  1. Download and install VirtualBox (I'm using this because it's free so you don't have to shell out on virtualization software ... don't say I never give you anything!).
  2. Download the Windows 8 ISO from here. So far I've only tested this with the 32-bit ISO.
  3. Create a new VirtualBox virtual machine. Call it whatever you want but select Windows 7 as the OS type.
  4. In the Motherboard tab under System, check Enable IO APIC.
  5. In the Processor tab under System, check Enable PAE/NX.
  6. In the Acceleration tab under System, check Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging.
  7. In the Video tab under Display, check Enable 2D acceleration.
  8. Remember to mount the Windows 8 .ISO file you downloaded and you're good to go!

Bonus!

Want to know how to disable the Metro UI? You need to go digging in the registry. Go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

Change the value of RPEnabled from 1 to 0.

Job done!

I'm deep in Windows 8 stuff right now, so if you have a question, post it in the TalkBack and I'll do my best to answer it.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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