Windows 8 on VirtualBox

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Download Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview from

Create a new Windows 8 Virtual Machine. Latest Release of VirtualBox allows selecting “Windows 8” as the Virtual Machine’s Guest Operating System type.

At least 1 GB memory is recommend if you are installing Windows 8 32-bit.

Create a new VirtualBox Disk Image for Windows 8 Virtual Machine following Virtual Disk Creation Wizard.



Go to the storage settings and click Empty under IDE Controller. Click the CD icon next to CD/DVD Drive selection box and click Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file. Navigate to the Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO file and select it. When done, click OK.

Go back on the VirtualBox main interface, Select Windows 8 VM, Right Click and Select Start to begin installation of Windows 8 and follow the on-screen instructions.

After the installation is complete, you can personalize and start using Windows 8.



Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 Desktop Screen

Windows 8 Lock Screen

Windows 8 Log On Screen



  • if you are unable to launch apps from the start screen set screen resolution to 1024×768 or higher. Read more

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