Take Windows 8 Developer Preview for a Testdrive in Virtual Box.

windows 8 developer preview

What is Windows 8 Developer Preview?
"Microsoft has officially released the developer preview version of Windows 8 during the BUILD developer conference. The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers, and thus is not suitable for those looking for stable or intending to run on production system, as the downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice.

The released Windows 8 Developer Preview has the build version of Windows 8.8102.0.WINMAIN_WIN8M3.110824-1030, or full build string for x86 edition of version 6.2 (Build 8102.101.x86fre.winmain_win8m3.110830-1739), or indicating it’s compiled and signed off on August 30th, 2011, and is still a build within M3 development brand. Meaning it’s pre-beta.

3 versions of downloads are currently available officially from Microsoft on MSDN. If you decides to install Windows 8 Developer Preview, do read the Windows Developer Preview guide [.pdf].

System Requirements:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

As it’s a prerelease software, some features are not available yet. According to Building Windows 8 blog, the preview build does not include the Windows Store, Windows Live Metro style apps, and some of the user interface features; and tha the focus of the preview is the API and development tools for building Metro style apps. In fact, Microsoft gives the following warning: The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software."

Below are links to the 3 iso files. Select the one that suits both your needs and PC architecture:

Important Note: Before we begin, make sure your processor supports Virtualization Technology and it is enabled. Windows 8 will not work if your processor does not support Virtualization Technology. Most processors support Virtualization Technology but the option is not enabled by default. You can enable Virtualization Technology option from the BIOS. [see Prerequisites below]


    Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) - 2.8 GB
    Note:  This installs Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.
    SHA-1 Hash: 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC

    Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) -  3.6 GB
    Note: This installs Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.
    SHA-1 Hash: 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9

    Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) - 4.8 GB
    Note: This installs the following for developers:
    64-bit Windows Developer Preview
    Windows SDK for Metro style apps
    Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
    Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
    28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app
    SHA-1 Hash: 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF

    -Processor with Virtualization Technology (VT-x/AMD-V) - Use Microsoft's Detection Tool.
    -And make sure it is activated in your BIOS.

    Install VM Virtual Box:

    VirtualBox install
    Download and Install VM Virtual Box:
    VM Virtual Box [for Windows]
    (Mac, Linux and Solaris users, download it here.)

    Create a New Virtual Machine:

    VirtualBox ManagerLaunch Virtual Box and Click on New. Click on Next at the Welcome screen.

    Type a name for your Virtual Machine, and For OS Type, choose:
    Operating System:  Microsoft Windows
    Version: Other Windows
    Click next.

    virtualbox virtual machine

    Select the amount of RAM you’d like to be allocated for your virtual machine. [Remember the system requirements above?]

    virtualbox virtual machine memory RAM

    Tick “Start-Up Disk” and choose “Create a new hard disk”. Clicking on Next will bring on a new wizard to create a virtual hard disk.
    Click Next at first screen.

    virtualbox virtual hard disk
    virutalbox virtual hard disk file type

    In second screen, select “VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)” as the File Type.

    virtualbox virtual hard disk storage detailsIn third screen, select “Dynamically expanding storage” as the Storage Type.

    Click next and then select the size of the virtual drive. Select at-least 15-20GB. Click Next for the Summary page and then Hit "Create" for your New Virtual Disk.

    virtual box create new virtual disk

    Install Windows 8 on the Machine:

    Select the Virtual Machine that you’ve just created and hit the Start button.

    You will may be greeted by a popup about "Auto capture keyboard option turned on", just hit OK for the First Run Wizard.

    Hit Next at the Wizard's Welcome screen.

    Click the small Browse button on the far right and select your Windows 8 .iso file:

    Click Next and and press start at the final screen to finish the process.

    Now the Virtual Machine will start up and begin loading files from the iso file.

    And if all goes well, you should end up with the following Installation Screen:

    From here is the typical Windows installation.  Select English language and Next.
    Select Custom Installation -> choose the Hard disk you created earlier and install. Pretty simple.

    After all the files are copied from the iso to the virtual Hard drive, the virtual machine will reboot.
    Don't "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..."  Allow it pass and automatically load from the hard drive instead.
    You will be greeted with Developers Preview screen and windows will configure itself and reboot again.
    After this second reboot, you should be welcomed by the License terms.  Tick the acceptance box and click Accept.

    At the Personalize Screen, give yer pc a name. and click Next.

    This is the settings screen, you can customize settings now, or you can just click Use express settings and bother with them later.

    One benefit of customizing your setting at the start, is that you can enter you Windows LIVE ID credentials to improve the Windows 8 experience.  Either way, Windows 8 will load the login/welcome screen and after it finishes loading, you will be brought to the infamous START page.

    And here is a shot of the Windows 8 Desktop:



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