Setting up Windows 8 Consumer Preview with VirtualBox (Gallery)

Setting up Windows 8 Consumer Preview with VirtualBox (Gallery)

Summary: The best way to try out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview beta is with Oracle's VirtualBox virtualization program. Here's how to do it step-by-step.


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  • Now, once the base Windows 8 VM is ready to go, it's time to start tuning it for its best performance.

  • On the System/Motherboard tab you want to make sure you have enough RAM—2GBs for 32-bit at least 3GBs for 64-bits and that  Enable IO APIC is on.

  • On the System/Processor tab, make sure you enable PAE/NX. And, if, and only if, you have a system with multiple core or processors, you can add another CPU to Windows 8. In my case with a six-core Intel Core i7, I gave Windows 7 two CPUs.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Virtualization

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  • Windows 8 consumer preview installed easily on VirtualBox

    The instructions worked well. Thanks heaps:)