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Installing Windows 8 via VMWare Player

Installing Windows 8 Via Vmware Player Here’s how to install Windows 8 through VMWare Player

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Want to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview through VMWare Player, but don’t know how? We’re here to help

In the past we’ve covered installing Windows 8 through an ISO or DVD, but not through VMWare player. Well, for those of you who want to do just that, here’s how.

First, you’ll one again need to download the 32- or 64-bit ISO file for x64 systems and save it to your desktop.

Users will then need to download the latest version of VMWare Player, which is under the “Desktop & End Computing” section. Note, you’ll need to register first to download it. If you’re already running VMWare Player, then just click on Software Updates on Help to see if you have the latest version. When running VMWare Player, click Create a New Virtual Machine.

Next, select the “I will install the operating system later” option. Click on Next. Choose the Windows 7 option in the drop-down box in your running 32-bit, or Windows 7 x64 if you’re running 64-bit.

You’ll now be asked to name your virtual machine, so do so. Then click Browse, select the location where you want to install the machine’s VHD file to and click OK. Click Next to continue.

Various options

Type the space you want dedicated to the VM, for example, 60GB, which is the default size and select “Store virtual disk as a single file.” The left-hand pane will have various options, which we’ll run through:

1. Step Click on the “Customize hardware” button, then Memory and then type in how much you want to dedicate. 1GB is an absolute minimum, through 3-4GB is recommended.

2. Step Head to Processors, and you’ll be asked to select how many you’ll be using. Obviously, one is a minimum but the more you can spare the better.

3. Step New CD/DVD: select the ISO image file and click Browse, navigate to it and click on Open. Once you’re done, click Close.

After checking the list of options you’ve entered, and do check them, click on Finish. In the left pane should be whatever you called the file, click on that file and click on “Play virtual machine”.

If prompted to install the “VMWare Tools for Windows 2000” or later, click on Download and Install.

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Published: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 Last Modified: March 22, 2012

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