Windows 8: An installation walk-through

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!

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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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  • Great article

    I will be doing this shortly!
    Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    Before I install, can the system be configured to bypass the start menu and boot directly into the desktop?
    txscott
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @rshol

      Nope.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @rshol if it can, I've not found it yet ... have to click!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @rshol You can use the following registry edit to do so: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/how-to-get-a-windows-7-start-menu-in-windows-8-20110914/ Keep in mind though, this will prevent any access to the Metro UI next time you restart. You can reverse it by changing the bit back to 1 though. In fact, after restart it removes all traces of the Metro UI, even going as far as to replace the new start icon with one just like Windows 7.
      jeimer
      • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

        @jeimer
        NOTE: If you enable Live ID access, after using registry tweak, you will be unable to login.
        mattweihl
      • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

        @jeimer

        It also restores Explorer to the previous look, removing the ribbon. It also removes the new Task Manager as well Basically, turns it back into Windows 7. Basically useless.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

        @jeimer Yeah, like I said it removes all traces of the Metro UI. It does essentially turn it into Windows 7. Didn't know about the login issue, I was able to login without a problem and I have that enabled so I'm not sure what's going on there. Really isn't the most useful thing, but shows that the option is there, who knows what Microsoft could do with it in full release.
        jeimer
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    Registry hack sounds like just the ticket. Metro looks best suited for phones/tablets/kiosk systems. Don't want a desktop/laptop full of metro apps. I do want fast booting, more stability etc.
    txscott
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    +1.
    Ram U
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    I actually are starting to like the new start screen, it certainly potential, and starting apps is basically the same, winkey type program name.
    sjaak327
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    the other that works as i am using it right now is vmware fustian 4
    Viper589
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    If I don't like it, how would I remove Windows 8 from my laptop and go back to Windows 7?
    vgagrawal
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @vgagrawal Follow the instructions in this article. 8 will be a Virtual within your environment -- whether it is Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008.
      Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @vgagrawal This is only a pre-beta "demo" of Windows 8. It's unfinished. You do NOT want to install this in place of Windows 7. It's not intended to be for daily use; it's for developers to get a look and start learning about developing for Windows 8.
      jgm@...
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    Dual boot. Resize your existing partition to make room for windows 8, install in the new space. Uninstall if you don't like it. Win 7 will still be there, resize partition to fill disk.
    txscott
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    Here's what Metro won't let you do. I'm writing an email, referring to another and two spread sheets. The most things you can have open in the metro interface is 2, they can't overlap, and one will be in a narrow band to one side. Metro is a major productivity step backwards from windowing interfaces for that kind of use case.
    txscott
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @rshol
      Actually you could do it with Metro disabled by clicking on desktop. And since this is preview build, I definitely think Microsoft would overcome that issue before the RTM.
      Ram U
  • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

    Hi,
    How do we select as "Windows 8" ? There is no option in the drop down
    saijagan
    • RE: Windows 8 - An installation walk-through

      @saijagan

      I just selected "Windows 7" - same thing.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion