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VMware Player - Install Windows 8


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VMware Player - Install Windows 8
This will show you how to install either the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 8 and 8.1 as a virtual machine in the free program VMware Player.
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How to Install Windows 8 and 8.1 on VMware Player
Synopsis
This will show you how to install either the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 8 and 8.1 as a virtual machine in the free program VMware Player.
How to Install Windows 8 and 8.1 on VMware Player

information   Information
This will show you how to install either the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 8 and 8.1 as a virtual machine in the free program VMware Player.

Note   Note
Host System Requirements
The physical computer on which you install Player is called the host system and its operating system is called the host operating system. To run Player, the host system and the host operating system must meet specific hardware and software requirements.

Processor Requirements for Host Systems
You must install Player on a host system that meets certain processor requirements.

Supported Processors

  • The host system must have a 64-bit x86 CPU that meets the following requirements.
  • LAHF/SAHF support in long mode
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • Multiprocessor systems are supported.
  • When you install Player, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a supported processor.
  • You cannot install Player if the host system does not meet the processor requirements.

Processor Requirements for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems
The operating system that runs inside a virtual machine is called the guest operating system. To run 64-bit guest operating systems, the host system must have one of the following processors. You can also run a 64-bit guest on a 32-bit host if the host computer meets these requirements.

  • An AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long mode enabled in BIOS or UEFI
  • An Intel CPU that has VT-x support enabled in BIOS or UEFI
  • 4 GB of RAM

Tip   Tip
If you have problems running VMware Player while logged in a standard user account, then log out of the standard user account, log in as an administrator, and add the user name of the standard user account to be a member of the __vmware__ group. When you log back on to the standard user account, you should be able to run it without issue now.


How to Add or Remove User Accounts from Groups in Windows 7 and Vista



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Here's How:


1. If you have not already, then you will need the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO file version you want, and save it to your desktop (ex: Windows 7 or Vista).


2. If you have not already, then download and install the latest version of the free VMware Player.
NOTE: If you already have VMware Player installed, then you can click/tap on Help (menu bar) -> Software Updates to update it to the latest version.


3. When you run VMware Player, click/tap on the Create a New Virtual Machine option in the right pane. (see screenshot below)
Step-1.jpg


4. Select (dot) the I will install the operating system later. option, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step2.jpg


5. Select (dot) Microsoft Windows, select Windows 8 if you have a 32-bit ISO (step 1) or Windows 8 (64-bit) if you have a 64-bit ISO, then click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
Step-3A.jpg Step-3B.jpg


6. Type in a name (ex: Windows 8) for the virtual machine, click/tap on Browse, select the folder that you want to install the virtual machines's VHD file to and click/tap on OK, then click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step4.jpg


7. Select how many GB (ex: 60GB) that you want for the maximum size of the virtual disk, select (dot) Store virtual disk as a single file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default size is 60 GB. For 32-bit Windows 8, 20 GB should be the minimum. For 64-bit Windows 8, 25 GB should be the minimum.


Step5.jpg


8. Click/tap on the Customize Hardware button. (see screenshot below)
Step6.jpg


9. Click/tap on Memory in the left pane, select or type in how much of your computer's RAM (1024MB = 1GB) you would like for the virtual machine to use when it's running. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: I would recommend to use at minimum 1GB. Ideally, 3GB for 32-bit and 4GB for 64-bit would be the sweet spot if you have plenty of RAM (ex: 8GB+) installed on your computer and can spare it to be used by the virtual machine.
Step7.jpg


10. Click/tap on Processors in the left pane, select or type in how many of your computer's CPU processor cores you would like for the virtual machine to use when it's running. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: By default, you will use at minimum 1. Ideally, 2 to 3 cores would be the sweet spot if you have a multicore CPU with enough cores to spare to be used by the virtual machine instead of your computer (host).
Step8.jpg


11. Click/tap on New CD/DVD in the left pane, select (dot) Use ISO image file, then click/tap on Browse. Navigate to and select the Windows 8 ISO from step 1 above, and click/tap on Open. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)
Step9A.jpg Browse.jpg


12. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)
Step10.jpg


13. In the left pane double click/tap on the new Windows 8 virtual machine to play (start) it.
Step11.jpg


14. If prompted to install the VMware Tools for Windows 2000 and later, then click/tap on Download and Install. When it's finished, click/tap on Close. (see screenshots below)
Step13A.jpg
Step13B.jpg


15. From here, you will just need to finish doing a clean install of Windows 8 as you normally would install it.


16. When you are finished installing Windows 8 and logged on to Windows 8, click/tap on either the Install Tools button at the bottom, or the Virtual Machine (menu bar) -> Install VMware Tools option at the top. (see screenshot below)
Step12.jpg

17. Click/tap on the DVD Drive (D) DVD Drive VMware Tools toast notification at the top right corner. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not see this, then click on the Windows Explorer app on the Metro Start screen, click on Computer in the navigation pane, and double click on DVD Drive VMware Tools to Autorun it.
tools-1.jpg


18. Click/tap on the Run.... AutoPlay option to start installing the VMWare Tools. (see screenshot below)
tools-2.jpg


19. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)
Step15.jpg


20. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step16.jpg


21. Select (dot) Typical, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step17.jpg


22. Click/tap on Install. (see screenshot below)
Step18.jpg


23. When VMware Tools is finished installing, click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)
Step19.jpg


24. Click/tap on Yes to restart the Windows 8 virtual machine to apply the VMware Tools. (see screenshot below)
Step20.jpg


25. Enjoy your new 32-bit or 64- bit Windows 8 virtual machine on VMware Player.



That's it,
Shawn




 
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Tutorial updated.

The new 4.0.1 VMWare Player recently released is now able to install the VMWare Tools on both a 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 Developer Release virtual machine without issue instead of just with the 32-bit one in the previous release of VMWare Player. :party:
 

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Thank you Eldinv. :)
 

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Tutorial updated for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. :)
 

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Thanks Shawn. You can avoid the step of manually installing VMWare Tools if you set a preference for automatic update as shown in the following screenshots.

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Thank you for the addition Keith. :)
 

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No problems Shawn.
 

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Installing now, I know this sound stupid but it wont do anything to my host PC will it? Just worried it might accidentally install on my PC. I know it's stupid but wanted to ask
 

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Good, I'm just paranoid! :D
 

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YAY, It worked! :p
 
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Thanks Brink. I followed your instructions but kept getting stalled at step 16.
There's nothing wrong with your instructions since many others seem delighted, so it must be me.
In desperation I burnt the ISO to another disk and installed the EXE(?) in the same way I have installed XP and Ubuntu and it worked a treat.
 

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Hello Prospero, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What was happening at step 16 that didn't work for you? If we can find out, I may be able to update the steps to help others avoid the same issue you had. :)
 

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Hi Brink and thanks for the swift reply.
The virtual machine for Windows 8 installed fine with the OS to be installed later.
I loaded the ISO image DVD and installation appeared to progress up to the point where I got a message at the "Update" window to the effect that I should rerun the procedure and reload the ISO DVD and start again.
No matter what I tried I couldn't get past that point.
I hope this explains my problem.
 

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I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what "Update" window you are referring to. Could you give more details about it?

You may have had a corrupted ISO, and needed to redownload another clean copy.
 

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It's during the Window 8 installation section.
I could enter the product key code and when I proceeded to the Upgrade/Custom screen, I clicked Upgrade, I was told to remove the disc and start the installation over again.
I couldn't get past that point.
 

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I had the same problem when I first tried and it was because I set the ISO to load straight up, if you ensure you do step 4 in the tutorial and click "I will install the operating system later" then you should install fine without the key prompt.
 

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Great thread, thanks for the tutorial. I followed this to install Windows 8 RP on VMware Player 4.0.3 build-703057 (latest Linux version installed on CentOS 6). Under VirtualBox, I kept getting interrmitent hangs, more often than not, when booting Windows 8. This happenned on both CP and RP versions. But with VMware Player, the Release Preview of Win 8 boots successfully for me every time.

One problem I encountered though, is with 32 bit VMware tools. I was able to mount and install, but towards the end of the install my Win 8 started alternating between a blue and black screen and I couldn't do anything but power off the VM. When I rebooted, I got the same thing and basically my system was toast. I had to mash shift-F8 several times at boot to force the recovery screen, and then use the advanced options to invoke a restore point from before the VMware tools install.

Anyone else have any problems with the 32 bit version of VMware Tools on the new Win 8 Release Preview?
 

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Great thread, thanks for the tutorial. I followed this to install Windows 8 RP on VMware Player 4.0.3 build-703057 (latest Linux version installed on CentOS 6). Under VirtualBox, I kept getting interrmitent hangs, more often than not, when booting Windows 8. This happenned on both CP and RP versions. But with VMware Player, the Release Preview of Win 8 boots successfully for me every time.

One problem I encountered though, is with 32 bit VMware tools. I was able to mount and install, but towards the end of the install my Win 8 started alternating between a blue and black screen and I couldn't do anything but power off the VM. When I rebooted, I got the same thing and basically my system was toast. I had to mash shift-F8 several times at boot to force the recovery screen, and then use the advanced options to invoke a restore point from before the VMware tools install.

Anyone else have any problems with the 32 bit version of VMware Tools on the new Win 8 Release Preview?
Works fine with the 64bit version, can't say for the 32bit

Stephen
 

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    Dell XPS 15 L502x
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 2630QM
    Memory
    6GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Intergrated Graphics 3000, nVidia GT525M (1GB)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    750GB 7200rpm Seagate HDD