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Possible to install Win 8 x86 on a Win 8 x64 Preloaded PC?

  1. #11


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Running under VMware Player is like running on the real machine. There may be some restrictions regarding access to special hardware, but else it is the same. And you can always try whether yor program runs. It is quickly installed and uninstalled. The virtual partition is just 1 folder.

    Here is an example I recorded that gives you an idea how it works. This is me running Windows 8 on a Windows 7 system.

    Great video, whs! Btw, I'd pay money to hear you say, "I'll be back!"

    =)

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    As I said, it is like a machine. It stores in it's own folders. But you can copy/paste them to the host system. You can also have a shared partition with folders. But copy/paste is the easiest since you can switch between the 2 systems with 1 click.

    And firing up VMware is one click plus a couple of clicks to fire up the virtual machine. I have more than half a dozen.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Thanks, Ill have to give it a go. What happens if the computer runs out of battery, has to shut off, etc etc, what of the virtual folder?

    Will it go away? I obviously cannot have saved work disappearing on me. Im only concerned a bit bc when I watch the installation tutorial it looks almost as if youre setting up a 'temporary vm'; how can this be integrated to 24/7 usage?

    Thanks!
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Great video, whs! Btw, I'd pay money to hear you say, "I'll be back!"
    Schwarzenegger is Austrian, I am German, LOL
    Last edited by whs; 04 Dec 2014 at 23:17.
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisPanzer View Post
    Thanks, Ill have to give it a go. What happens if the computer runs out of battery, has to shut off, etc etc, what of the virtual folder?

    Will it go away? I obviously cannot have saved work disappearing on me. Im only concerned a bit bc when I watch the installation tutorial it looks almost as if youre setting up a 'temporary vm'; how can this be integrated to 24/7 usage?

    Thanks!
    Nah. the folders stays. You will have to restart it next time. I don't know what you mean by "temporary VM". There is nothing temporary about it. I run some of my virtual systems since years. Remember - the virtual machine is just 1 folder on the host system - mine are actually on an external SSD because I carry them around between systems. Example:

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  6. #16


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Oh wow... So if you want to open up an app/program within the "Windows 8 x64" folder, you simply double-click the folder, and open up the .exe file? All files that are created within the virtual system are stored within that folder, so if you want to copy it to the host system, you simply copy it, (if you need to email it for instance...?)

    Thank you for all your help!
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  7. #17


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The virtual partitions you open via VMware Player - not by double click on the folder.

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  8. #18


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Ahh, okay.

    Nabbing Windows 8 x86 as we speak, ISO format. I have another x64 system that I will be giving a test-run with VMware before I purchase the Surface.

    Really looking forward to my new Surface Pro III and PRAYING this work-around solution WORKS! If so, I'll give you the biggest THANK YOU & HUG ever my German friend.. I am actually a decendant from German immigrants, my great great grandfather from Stuttgart!
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  9. #19


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    In the midst of the install right now, whs... fingers crossed, wil report back my friend!
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  10. #20


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The virtual partitions you open via VMware Player - not by double click on the folder.

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    I've installed it and Windows is up and running. How do I enlarge the screen a bit? I've maximized it, and its still only occupying a small portion of the center of the screen ( looks about 640x480)
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