How to Install Windows 8 on a Virtual Machine

Windows 8 is the new operating system that Microsoft is about to launch. Its consumer preview edition has already been launched. The preview version is available in the form of “ISO” images and can be installed on a virtual machine. The Virtual Machine Player allows you to set up a virtual computer system on which you can install your desired operating system.

Follow this step by step guide to learn how to install windows 8 on a virtual machine.


Step # 1 – Create a Virtual Machine

First of all, download and install the Virtual Machine Player on your computer before proceeding with the installation of Windows 8. After installing the Virtual Machine Player, open up the application and click on the “Create a New Virtual Machine” option.

Add a new virtual machine

Step # 2 – Choose to Install the Operating System Later

Once done, an installation wizard will appear right in front of your screen. Choose the “I will install the operating system later” option and click on the “Next” button to continue.

Create a blank virtual machine

Step # 3 – Choose the Operating System

Now select “Microsoft Windows” as the “Guest Operating System” and choose the “Windows 7 64 bit” option from the drop down menu available to select the version. After selecting the specified options, click on the “Next” button to continue.

Select the operating system

Step # 4 – Enter a Virtual Machine Name

In the next step, enter the name for your virtual machine. Also, choose the location for the installation and then click on the “Next” button to proceed further.

Choose a name for virtual machine

Step # 5 – Choose the Maximum Disk Size

In this step, set the “Maximum disk size” to “60 GB”, choose the “Store virtual disk as a single file” option and click on the “Next” button to proceed.

Set the maximum disk size

Step # 6 – Customize Hardware

Now click on the “Customize Hardware” button to adjust the hardware settings. Once you have completed the adjustments and settings of your hardware, click on the “Close” button to exit from this window and click on the “Finish” button to exit.

Choose hardware settings

Step # 7 – Play Virtual Machine

Once done, go to the “Windows 8 Consumer Preview” tab and click on the “Play virtual machine” option to begin the installation process.

Start virtual machine

Step # 8 – Start Installing Windows 8

Once the welcome screen appears, click on the “Install Now” button to continue with the setup.

Begin the installation

Step # 9 – Enter the product Key

The installation setup will ask you to enter a product key to validate the installation. Enter the product key and click on the “Next” button to continue. Now select the “I accept the license terms” option and click on the “Next” button to continue.

Insert the product key

Step # 10 – Choose the Installation Type

In the next step, choose the “Custom installation” option available for the setup. This will allow you to adjust and customize settings according to your requirements.

Select the installation type

Step # 11 – Select the Virtual Hard Drive

Now you will be required to select a partition for the installation. If you have more than one partition, then select the partition on your disk where you want to install the operating system and click on the Format option. Once done, you can proceed with the installation.
After installation, the virtual machine will be restarted. Now the setup will prepare to launch Windows 8 for the first time on the virtual machine. This may take a lot of time, depending on your computer processing speed.

Choose the virtual hard drive

Step # 12 – Use the Express Settings

Click on the “Use express settings” button to install windows 8 by using the recommended settings.

Select the express settings

Step # 13 – Personalize your Settings

Now personalize your computer and choose the color of your choice. After selecting the color, type in the name for your PC and click on the “Next” button to proceed.

Choose the color and name for pc

Step # 14 – Sign in to your PC

In the next step, enter your email address in order to sign in to your PC. Once you have entered the email address, click on the “Next” button to continue with the installation process.

Completing the sign in process

Step # 15 – Enter your Microsoft Account Password

Now you will be required to sign in to your Microsoft account. With this option, you can sync your messenger, hotmail, Xbox live and windows live services with the operating system.
In the next window, enter your mobile phone, alternate email, security question and answer. All of these details help in security verification. Now that your account has been created, give it a few minutes to load all the settings and windows 8 will automatically be launched.

Insert your Microsoft id and password