Try Windows 8 safe

You want to try the Preview version of Windows 8 made available free of charge by Microsoft, but you do not dedicated to the operation test machine. Also, you do not want to overwrite your current Windows and you are not comfortable with the creation of partitions to create a dual boot.
No problem! Using virtualization, you can emulate a computer on your Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 where you can install Windows 8, without running any risk to your system and its data.

We have already seen how to create VMS with Virtual PC, to use Ubuntu Linux for example safe from Windows.
For this record, we will use the free software virtualization VirtualBox, which offers many settings, supports a number of hardware (network, sound, USB devices,...) and that is compatible with Windows 8. If your processor allows it, Virtual Box can also take advantage of virtualization capabilities that integrates it to speed up the virtual machine will be Windows 8. You can install VirtualBox on Windows, Mac OS/X and even Linux.
Note that the operation also works with Virtual PC, if you have the latter.

Enable processor virtualization acceleration
Recent processors support virtualization and can improve the performance of virtual machines that are running on your computer. Windows 8 requires this feature that you can enable in the BIOS of your computer.
Please refer to the documentation of your computer or of your motherboard to find out how to access the BIOS and enable CPU-assisted virtualization.

  1. For an EFI AMI BIOS for example, restart your computer and go to BIOS by pressing the delete key.
  2. Click on the button exit / advanced.
  3. Click Advanced Mode.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Click CPU Configuration.
  6. In the list of options, click on the button next to Intel virtualization technology.
  7. Select the Active option.
  8. Click on the exit button.
  9. Finally click on save changes and reset to save the changes and restart your computer.
  10. Confirm with Yes.
Download and install VirtualBox
VirtualBox is a free software which you can download in the software library PC tricks for its Windows version. If you are on Linux or Mac OS X, visit the Sun website to download the correct version.
  1. Go to the card VirtualBox in the software library PC tricks.
  2. Click on the link download for free.
  3. Save the file on your computer.
  4. Once the download is complete, click the run button.
  5. VirtualBox Setup Wizard opens. Click on the Next button.
  6. Check that all components are selected and click on Next.
  7. Leave check box to create a shortcut to VirtualBox on the desktop and the Quick Launch bar and click on Next.
  8. Click the Yes button to continue the installation. Note that your network connection will be restarted, which may cause a short cut if you are on the Internet.
  9. Then click the Install button.
  10. Click Yes to continue the installation.
  11. Windows driver installation messages may appear. Click on the install button.
  12. Once the copy files completed, click the Finish button.
  13. Then click Yes to restart your computer.
Download Windows 8 Preview
You can download the free Preview of Windows 8 version from Microsoft's servers.
  1. In your Web browser, go to this page:
  2. Get off at the bottom of the page in the Frencharea, you have two download links: one for the 32-bit version of Windows 8 and the other for the 64-bit versions. Click on the link to Download the 32-bit (x 86) version of.
  3. Note in passing the product key which you will be prompted to install Windows 8: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J.
  4. Save the file on your computer.
  5. The download begins. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, the download can take several hours.
  6. Once the download is completed, you have a disk image of the Windows 8 installation DVD. VirtualBox allows you to use it such, but you can also burn it to a DVD.
Create a new virtual machine
With VirtualBox, you can easily create a virtual computer where you can install Windows 8.
  1. Double click on the Oracle VM VirtualBox on your desktop icon.
  2. In the Oracle VM VirtualBoxwindow, click on the create button.
  3. Click on the Next button.
  4. Type a name for your virtual machine, for example Windows 8 .
  5. Choose the type of system you are using, Windows version, Windows 8 here. Click on the Next button.
  6. Specify the amount of RAM to allocate to that virtual machine, e.g. 1024 MB . Click on the Next button.
  7. Double click on the button Next to create a new hard drive virtual.
  8. Select the dynamically allocated container to automatically adjust the size of the disk space used by the virtual machine. Click on the Next button.
  9. Then specify the maximum size that can be your virtual hard disk, 30 GB for example. Click on the Next button.
  10. Click create.
  11. Click on create.
  12. Your new virtual computer is added to VirtualBox.
Install Windows 8 on the virtual machine
The virtual machine behaves like a classical computer. It has a hard disk, recognize your keyboard and your mouse, your network card, sound card, short, everything needed for the installation and use of Windows 8.
  1. Start the virtual machine Windows 8 by clicking on it in VirtualBox, and then clicking the Start button.
  2. A warning is displayed. Check the do not show this message , and then click OK.
  3. The wizard first launch appears. Click on the Next button.
  4. Click on the Browse button.
  5. Select the file ISO disc image of Windows 8 that you downloaded, and then click the Open button.
  6. Click on the Next button.
  7. Finally click on the Start button.
  8. Starts the virtual machine and boot on Windows 8 disk image.
  9. Verify that the language options are correct and click on the Next button.
  10. Click install now.
  11. Enter the product key noted at the time of the download: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J and click Next.
  12. Check I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  13. Select the type of installation custom: only install Windows.
  14. Select your virtual hard disk to install Windows 8, and then click the Next button.
  15. The copy of the files of Windows 8 began. The operation may last several tens of minutes.
  16. Your computer is then started. Do press No button does not start on Windows 8 disk image. The installation is then complete. Your computer restarts. Once again, do press any key at startup.
  17. You can then choose the background color of Windows as well as the name of your computer to identify it more quickly in a network. Click Next.
  18. Click use the Quick Setup.
  19. You can choose to enter the email address of your account Microsoft (Windows Live, Hotmail,...) to create an "online" account will allow you to share files, your bookmarks and your history on multiple computers. Or to create a 'normal' account, click do not connect with a Microsoft account.
  20. Click Local account.
  21. Choose a user name, a password, and then confirm it. Then type a hint to remind you of the password in case you forget. Click Finish
  22. You are then on the desktop of Windows 8.
  23. You can use it as a normal computer: install software, surf the Internet, etc. Office of the Metro interface-click (or press the Windowsbutton) to find the Windows classic desktop.
  24. To stop the virtual machine, stop Windows 8 normally by clicking on your name and then click disconnect. Drag the home screen and click on the On/off button and click stop.
  25. At any time, you can release the cursor of the virtual machine to use Windows on your computer by pressing the Ctrl button to the right of your keyboard. Click in the window of your virtual machine to resume its use.

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Last edited: 2012-11-03

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