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10 Easy Steps to Preview Windows 8 In VMware Workstation 8

We recently presented several ways of previewing Windows 8, the developer version, by upgrading the Windows 7, dual-booting and virtualising a machine using VirtualBox. If neither of them was of your taste, today we are going to show you how to install Windows 8 in VMWare Workstation 8. The process is similar to the one discussed with VirtualBox, basically creating a virtual computer on which we are going to apply the new operating system. The steps are pretty straight-forward but we advise maximum concentration and an eye for details.

You are going to need a computer with at least 2GB of RAM and 20GB of free storage space. We will also assign 1GB RAM to Windows 8 and 20GB of memory, the bear minimum requirements. Also, you should download and save a copy of the Windows 8 preview version, right from the official website (opens in new tab). We advise you to choose a 32-bit version, because it uses less hardware resources. Those opting for 64-bit should have at least 3GB of RAM and borrow 2GB for the virtual computer.

Also, we are going to need the VMWare Workstation 8. Click here (opens in new tab) and complete the fields in the registration window. They would ask that you register a free account, an action that is mandatory before you use the software. When you complete the registration, a confirmation email will be sent containing a product key for Workstation. Enter this code in its required field after launching the installation kit and everything should go smooth from that point on. Now let's get going:

How to install Windows 8 in VMWare Workstation 8?

1. Launch VMWare Workstation from the desktop / startup menu.

2. In the Welcome screen, click on "Create New Machine". This can also be done from the File menu, once you get inside the software.

3. When creating the virtual machine, make sure you check the "I will install the operating system later" radio box, located on the bottom of the first window. This is mandatory because VMWare is not yet compatible with Windows 8 and we are going to bypass this limitation.

4. When prompted for the default operating system, choose Windows and then select Windows 7, the 32-bit version. All other options can be completed by your own taste.

5. When the virtual machine is created, VMWare will open it in a blank screen. Click on "Power on this virtual machine", to make the computer start. It will try to boot but since there is no OS installed, it will fail.

6. When failing to boot, click on the Tab assigned to the virtual machine and navigate to "Removable Devices" -> "CD/DVD (IDE)" -> "Settings", like below.

7. In the left side of the screen, click on CD/DVD (IDE) and then on the Browse button. Now choose the Windows 8.iso image file you previously downloaded and then click OK.

8. Now click on "Restart VM" from the bottom link and the machine will boot using the selected image.

9. Once it boots, the Windows 8 installation begins. When prompted you should choose the "Custom (Advanced)" set of instructions.

10.In the networking field, opt for "Yes, Share and Connect". All other options may be completed on the user's taste.

Note: If asked of the Windows 8 product key, skip the window and choose for later entry. Also, you don't have to associate with Windows Live ID, just to create a local account with Windows.