(You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview here)
I wanted to test how the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) performs with VMware Workstation 8 (on Windows 7) and Hyper-V (on Windows Server 2008 R2). I use VMware on my laptop, and Hyper-V on our virtualization platforms. I’m planning to move towards Hyper-V 3.0 but the world isn’t quite ready yet, so VMware has been a nice solution for virtualizing the little I need to virtualize on the road (I normally run everything through the host OS).
This post will walk through the installation and basic configuration process of Windows 8 Consumer Preview with VMware Workstation 8.
I’m using the 64-bit version, in hopes of being able to run some 64-bit software for test purposes.
Installation on VMware Workstation 8
The boot screen reminds me of cubism:
Upon initial boot Windows 8 CP will complain about a missing ProductKey –setting in the unattend answer file. This is a known issue – to fix it, simply disconnect the floppy drive and/or set it to Use physical drive:
Installation follows the familiar pattern from Windows 7. First, select language, time and currency and keyboard layout:
Click Next and then click Install now:
Enter a license key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
Nothing much I could upgrade, so choosing Custom Install:
Going with the defaults for the disk:
And we’re installing!
A quick reboot and I get to configure the few settings Windows 8 requires me to configure at this point. Computer name and background color first:
Let’s set some more settings. Selecting Customize just to see what’s underneath:
There’s Sharing, which I normally disable:
And a few more settings and properties:
Finally I get to sign in with my existing Live ID:
A nice addition – I can enter my mobile phone number as a security verification method for recovering my password:
And that’s it!
The colors, are, umm – fresh.