Monday, September 19, 2011

Configuring Virtual Machine for Windows 8 BETA on VMWare Workstation 8

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Windows 8 Developer preview cannot be installed on earlier VMWare version. You should download latest VMWare make, VMWare Workstation 8 to support Windows 8. We have discussed how to download and install VMWare 8 in another post. In this post, I will show you how to configure a VMWare virtual machine capable of Windows 8.
Make sure that you have already downloaded and installed VMWare Workstation 8 and downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO. More instructions to download Windows 8 is HERE.
Go through the hardware requirements to load Windows 8. Windows 8 will work on the same hardware configuration which powers Windows 7.
  • 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
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater
Below video is a short tutorial on how to configure a Windows 8 capable Virtual Machine on VMWare Workstation 8.

Once you have configured Virtual Machine, the settings should look as shown in the picture below:

More instructions on how to install Windows 8 on VMWare workstation 8 is in this post.  

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