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Install W8 in vmware workstation -- you must use version 8 of vmware


jimbo45

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Hi all

To install W8 developer edition (current version) as a VM with vmware workstation you have to download / upgrade to version 8. Version 7.1X and earlier won't work. Vmware player (current version) gives same problem as vmware workstation 7.1x.

When you install choose W7 as the OS (there isn't a W8 option yet not surprisingly) and select I will install the OS later.

Then select the DVD device in the vm serttings as a virtual ISO (you don't need to burn a physical DVD) and boot from the device.

Then it will install more or less as W7.

Ignore any prompt for a product key if it appears. I wasn't asked for one but some people seem to get a request for a product key when attempting to install W8 as a virtual machine.

You can download a free trial version for 30 days from the vmware site. ( it may be that eventually version 7.1x will work or the next upgrade of W8 will work so unless you want to upgrade to version 8 of vmware workstation I'd start with downloading the trial).

Then it installs OK

I don't have enough privileges yet to upload screenshot but it installs fine.

I've also posted a suggestion on how to remove / disable the metro gui for those that want a more "classical" Windows look - you can see the post in the W7 Forum until I can get approval to post in the relevant section on this Forum on customising W8

http://www.sevenforums.com/chillout...es-trick-disable-horrible-metro-apps-gui.html

Cheers
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Will workstation 8 install over vmware player or as a separate install?
 

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Will workstation 8 install over vmware player or as a separate install?
Nevermind, found my answer. Capture.JPG

Just noticed it reinstalls the vmware player so there is both available.
 
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VMware Tools from VMware Workstation 8 work fine too.

Best Regards

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Note when installing Win8 developer preview onto workstation, choose custom installation instead of easy install.

The easy install will try and push a licence key whilst installing the OS. The installation will fail as the developer preview is licence free.

I created a blank VM and told it to boot directly from the ISO image, bypassing the easy install.
 

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I created a blank VM and told it to boot directly from the ISO image, bypassing the easy install.
Same here, installed right away.

Thanks and welcome to the forum. :D
 

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