We finally had the opportunity peeking what Windows 8 will really look like. And some of you are dying to try it on as a VM running on your Windows 7. Here is a list of things that we found out so far what’s working and what’s not. And feel free to feed us your tricks in the comment.
[Update on Sept. 16, 2011]
The Building Windows 8 blog just posted a guide about running Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtual Environment. You can check it out but most of the stuff there are already covered here.
- 64-bit hardware
- Hyper-V or AMD-V needs to be enabled on your BIOS. (Here and here to check if it’s enabled)
- Native VHD Boot, here is how. This works the best so far.
- VirtualBox 4.1.2 with 64-bit of Windows 8 Developer Preview, with limitation without Guest Additions. Here is how. See this post for how to add additional screen resolution that’s not listed in the default.
- VMware Fusion 4 which is just released today on Mac, by setting up as Windows 7 64-bit machine. Unfortunately, it works the best so far.
- VMware Workstation 8.
- VMware Player 4, here is how.
- Parallels Desktop for Mac 7.0.14924.699487 (**UPDATED Oct 6th, 2011**)
What’s not working
- Windows Virtual PC
- VMware Player 3.1.4
- VMware Workstation 7
- 32-bit of Windows 8 Developer Preview
We will be updating this post once we have new information. Again, please feed us any tips or tricks you have to make Windows 8 work as a VM on Windows 7 in the comment.