Windows 8 Developer Preview

Today, I downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview and tried to install it to a VM using VMWare Player.  Fail, fail fail.  Won’t work.  Google around for it– but it won’t work.

So I was forced to install Oracle’s VirtualBox to get the developer preview up and running.  Not a big fan, but it’s good enough for now.


  • Enable 2D and 3D hardware acceleration
  • Give ‘er at least 2GB of RAM and 2 cores– I went 4/4
  • If you’re used to VMWare’s nice display integration, good luck

Without further ado, here are a few screenshots.  I’ll reserve my commentary for later, but let me just say that I think Windows 8 has huge potential to bridge the gap between tablet and typical PC, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

RAM Settings I used for the VirtualBox VM


Booting the Windows 8 Installer


Typical Windows installation so far


Still pretty standard...


I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.


When you're in the standard Windows desktop, don't you dare hit "Start"-- or you'll get the tile menu. Hover in the lower left-hand corner to display some more familiar options.

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