Download and Install Windows 8 on a Virtual Machine or New Partition

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Do you want to try Windows 8 already? Microsoft released a Developer Preview of the next version of Windows. I will recommend to install this system on a new partition on better in a virtual machine. Virtual Box is free virtual machine and support Windows 8.

First step, Download the appropriate Windows 8 ISO from the Microsoft Developer Network site, burn it to a DVD if you want to install on a test computer or in a new partition.

Install on a New Partition

To create a new partition on Windows Vista or 7, you have to open Control Panel and then Administrative Tools. Double-click on the Computer Management option. When that window appears, look for the "Disk Management" submenu under "Storage" on the left-hand sidebar.

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Right-click on the C:\ volume and select the "Shrink Volume" option, and then reduce the size of your volume by at least 16 gigabytes for a 32-bit installation of Windows 8 or 20 gigabytes for a 64-bit installation. Continue with the wizard procedure.

Install on a VirtualBox

If you are running a virtual machine just store the ISO file on the Hard Disk. Then check the followin steps:

Open, VM and click on New. (Download VirtualBox)

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Continue with Next and on the next screen Type Windows 8, then on Operation System  select Microsoft Windows. From the drop down version menu select Windows 7 (60bit or 32bit). And click on Next.

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On the next screen you have to setup the RAM and for the version 64bit is recommended up to 2GB Ram.

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On next step you have to setup the Virtaul Hard Disk space and for the 64Bit version is recommended 20GB.

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Finish the wizard procedure then open settings of the new system. Open the setting for the new Machine and under the Storage click on the CD/DVD then select Chose a virtaul CD/DVD from disk file.

 

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And now you must start you Windows 8 or if you are on a new partition must restart Windows 7 and boot from CD/DVD room.

Installing Windows 8

To install Windows 8 is very simple. Follow the screenshots for a guide.

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Enjoy the new Windows 8 Developer Preview by Microsoft!

Download Microsoft Windows 8  | DOWNLOAD (64bit with 3.6 GB) |DOWNLOAD (32bit with 2.8 GB)

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