I know how excited you are to try the new Windows 8 released by Microsoft.
Microsoft released the Windows 8 Developer Preview for all its enthusiasts and it is free to try.
The final release of Windows 8 will be out by 2012. Until then, you are free to test the new operating system yourself by installing Windows 8 on your computer or virtual machine.
In this article, we I will guide you through the installation of Windows 8 on your computer.
Step 1: Download Windows 8
The developer preview is available for download at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516. Microsoft has released three editions of Windows 8 Developer Preview.
You will need a minimum of 2.8GB-4.8GB of space depending on what version of Windows 8, you choose to install. To install Windows 8 on a laptop or computer, burn an ISO image file. If you are using Windows XP or Vista, you will need an image-burning tool like ImgBurn. You can take advantage of virtual architecture by installing Windows 8 in Virtual Box or VMware.
Step 2: Install Windows 8
You install Windows 8 on an actual machine or virtual machine. For installing Windows 8 on actual machine, just mount the image file from a disc and boot your computer.
The PC will boot once installation is successful and ensure that you do not “Press any key” when the boot screen loads again. Otherwise, it will restart the installation of Windows 8.
You can try installing Windows 8 on a virtual machine for experimenting with its various features. Virtual Box, VMWare, Parallels Desktop are some virtual applications on which you can install Windows 8 although we would cover installation on Virtual Box in this article
Finally, open the virtual machine created by you and enable IO APIC under system, enable PAE/NX under processor and enable VT-X/AMD-v and Nested Paging under acceleration. Mount the ISO file on the virtual disc and the installation proceeds in the same manner as mentioned in “Actual machine installation”.