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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  • 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.

  • Under the System/Acceleration tab make certain that both Enable VT-X and AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging are checked.

  • Windows 8 wants all the graphics power you can give it. To do this, first enable both 3D and 2D video acceleration. This, in turn, will let you give Windows 8 up to 256MBs of video RAM, instead of the default maximum of 128MBs. Go ahead and up your video memory to 256. You'll be glad you did.

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:)