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. By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | February 27, 2012 -- 13:30 GMT (05:30 PST) Follow @sjvn Previous | Next Image 9 of 17 Now, once the base Windows 8 VM is ready to go, it's time to start tuning it for its best performance. Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Virtualization Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.