It is always nice when there is a new version available from an operating system! I am currently using Windows 7 as primary OS on my development machine for Asp.Net development.

Disclaimer: Before you start, make sure that you have a Live ID and a powerful machine to run virtualization software!

I have downloaded this ISO from Microsoft.com:

Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)


I have tried dual boot solutions several times. With Ubuntu, Fedora etc. But this time, I didn’t want to come near a boot loader. So my only option was virtually. Even though when I read a nice post about attaching a *.vhd file. My favorite and easiest virtualization software (Microsoft Virtual PC) didn’t want to run this ISO. So I had to use different virtualization software. I decided to go with VMware player. VMware player is free, it only requires a registration, but that is totally worth it! VMware has a lot of experience with virtualization software, but upgrading from 4.0 to 4.0.1 is really annoying, because of all the reboots. It took me a lot of time. (I have a 2,5 year old notebook) [more]

When you install Windows 8 in VMware you can get an error because it requires a product key. After searching the web for a while, I found a good workaround which is to disable the floppy disk reader in VMware.



Have fun testing Windows 8 with VMware!

A few screenshots:





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Comment by JP Hellemons

Forgot to mention that I had issues with VM Player with the VT option. kb.vmware.com/.../search.do
So I had to reboot and change a setting in the BIOS for that. After relaunching the machine, I still had that VT error. So it appears that you actually have to pull out your power supply and battery for the bios setting to actually enable Virtualization Technology on your machine.

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Comment by JP Hellemons

Test VS11 and Windows 8

Test VS11 and Windows 8

Comment by JP Hellemons

Move to Windows 8

Move to Windows 8