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VirtualBox - Install Windows 8


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I have VirtualBox installed in a Windows XP 32bit OS machine with a 32bit CPU (old Pentium 4). Can I install Windows 8 (32bit) in the Virtual Box? Thanks
Hello Antares, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, you should be able to. :)
Don't forget Shawn that there is a problem with guest additions with W8CP 32-bt in Virtualbox so it won't run very well.
The reason for my post is that I was unable to install it, the installation halts with a frozen screen right from the start (a fish inside a pond with bubbles) and after a while a BSOD shows up with the following message:

Windows Recovery Environment
Your PC needs to be repaired
An unexpected error has occurred.
Error code: Oxc0000260
You'll need to use the recover/ tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer.
Press Enter to try again
Press F8 for alternate boot options


If I press ENTER or F8 it won't do anything, just show the same BSOD.
 
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That seems to be a Windows 8 installer special. I had this problem too - both when trying to install in vBox and also when I used a partition. But after a few tries the fish unfroze.
 

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Here is an interesting WEI comparison of Win8 in Virtual Box and Win7 native

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The ones in the red frames are only warnings - no error messages. I got those too but my system works perfectly.

The blue stuff is a bit more serious. There was apparently a problem with your virtual machine. How much RAM and dynamic disk space did you give it. I gave mine 3GB of RAM and 25GB disk space - would have liked more but my 60GB SSD has only so much room.
 

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The ones in the red frames are only warnings - no error messages. I got those too but my system works perfectly.

The blue stuff is a bit more serious. There was apparently a problem with your virtual machine. How much RAM and dynamic disk space did you give it. I gave mine 3GB of RAM and 25GB disk space - would have liked more but my 60GB SSD has only so much room.
I gave it 2GB of RAM with my system running 4GB even though my system actually has 8GB :(. I allocated 40GB of disk space.
 

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So are you up and running now or are you still stuck. I am not sure how to interpret your "Edit" in your previous post.
 

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Yes it is running since when I edited the post linking the solution.
 

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thanks shawn, i'm a complete virtualisation virgin, so it's good to see that you are carrying on your tradition of excellence with this new OS!

now it's time to play with this puppy...
 

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Have fun Mickey. :)
 

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Update:

I had no issues installing the latest VirtualBox 4.1.10 guest additions with the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a 64-bit Windows 7 with default settings. :)
 

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I had a problem. It automatically installed the experimental 3D WDDM driver which cause my VM to to freeze before the logon screen. The 3D driver was autochecked and greyed so I could not deselect it. The workaround was, immediately after the install before the reboot, to go into device manager and uninstall the WDDM driver.
 

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I had problems with the latest VirtualBox 4.1.10 guest additions. They just did not install. But since my vBox works flawlessly, I did not persue it.
 

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I had a problem. It automatically installed the experimental 3D WDDM driver which cause my VM to to freeze before the logon screen. The 3D driver was autochecked and greyed so I could not deselect it. The workaround was, immediately after the install before the reboot, to go into device manager and uninstall the WDDM driver.
In the VirtualBox Forum, Win 8 thread. Several people have had this problem and the devs are working on it.
 

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When we run Windows 8 CP via VirtualBox and after some time we want to shut them down, we must shut down Windows 8 first and then close the virtualbox or just the Virtualbox?
 

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Shut down Windows 8 just as you would if it were on a real PC otherwise you could have problems with Windows 8.
 

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The vBox window you can shut down as soon as Windows is launched. It is only needed for start.
 

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but you should not manually shut down the guest window. You should shut down Windows 8 which will then close that window..
 

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