25 responses

  1. Eduardo
    September 15, 2011

    I did the VMWare method and used it for a while and got bored, it’s probably not fair to judge without having touch but I’m just not that enthusiastic on my first impression with a mouse in Metro. Anyway, with a year for hardware and everything to catch up I think it will be decent, and something tells me there will be many more touch PC’s than Macs in the very near future.

  2. davis
    September 15, 2011

    runs better in VMWare or Parallels if you ask me

  3. Gauts
    September 16, 2011

    Thanks a lot… It worked perfectly… Was trying since long until i got to ur post and ur advice works just perfect.. installed windows 8…

  4. Ravi
    September 16, 2011

    im also using virtual box 4.1.2 on Win7 64 bit ultimate, mine Win8 developer preview is stuck at “Expanding files 98%…” then it gives error :- Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart the installation. Error code 0x8007045D

    Please let me know what to do. Virtualization is enabled in BIOS, I have quad core i7 processore, DELL XPS 15 L502x pc

  5. gilarax
    September 17, 2011

    Will there be a walk-through for Parallels 7?

  6. Alex
    September 19, 2011

    Windows 8 will be like windows phone 7 … Awesome at first glance then boring after a few weeks of usage … but thats just my opinion ..anyways thanks for the awesome tips..installed and worked perfectly =)

  7. Huib
    September 20, 2011

    i am use it on a 32bit Notebook but if i boot i gets a message : computer needs to restart
    CODE :0x0000000A
    I am using a Acer Aspire 9410Z
    Help me!


  8. Lee
    September 21, 2011

    Everytime i try to choose the virtual cd/dvd part it has an error and won’t let me install it- using a macbook pro 2008 running osx lion

  9. oriste
    September 23, 2011

    @lee I just finished the install on an early 2011 MBP (2.2 GHz Core i7 with 8GB RAM). Went flawlessly after I set the switched in System as instructed in the article.

    Agree with @Alex

  10. kstill
    October 7, 2011

    @Huib: you either don’t have hardware virtualization or haven’t turned it on. It is required for running Windows 8 virtually.

  11. Paz
    November 3, 2011

    Great! Really useful, tho I think you should make the links open in a new window :) Regards

  12. Jay
    December 2, 2011

    I have everything right and when I click start then Install is comes up with a screen saying Select Driver to be installed. Load driver a required CD/DVD device is missing etc. From that I can’t go any further.

  13. Scott
    January 16, 2012

    Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Windows 8.

    Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE).

    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: Console
    Interface: IConsole {1968b7d3-e3bf-4ceb-99e0-cb7c913317bb}

    Any ideas?

    • Jaro
      August 13, 2012

      There is some problem with permissions, when running the file. Either apply change of permission to directory, where VirtualBox is installed, or simply run
      $ sudo chmod o-w /usr
      to change permissions.

  14. Cintra
    March 9, 2012

    Got it working OK in latest Virtualbox on my iMac but for sound. Ubuntu sound is working OK.. any ideas?


    • Cintra
      March 9, 2012

      Its OK, had to install a device driver .. duh!

  15. Blake Dein
    April 2, 2012

    hey guys, i have got the virtual machine working but it asks me for a product key? I dont know where to get one. Have been searching online for days…. NOTHING!!!! help!

  16. ryne
    April 7, 2012


    its on the windows site where you downloaded the Windows 8 at

  17. Joshua Guttman
    June 26, 2012

    VirtualBox install went flawlessly. As far as Windows 8 goes, I’ve never seen a more confusing and hacked together operating system. There is no way businesses are going to buy it.

  18. Markus
    November 26, 2013

    Got all you need ;)

  19. QA Bob
    February 24, 2015

    If you are installing an x64 on Virtual Box do not forget about turning on ioapic. Otherwise you are SOL.

    vm modifyvm –ioapic on

    this is with alias file where vm=’VBoxManage’

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