If you only want a quick look round at the Windows 8 highlights, then, the safest approach is to install it on a VirtualBox virtual machine. You won’t have to spend time freeing up a laptop or creating a new partition, and can browse the new Metro interface in a window on your desktop: far more convenient.
And it’s easy to set up, too.Start by downloading and installing a copy of the latest Oracle VirtualBox. Or, if you have it already, make sure you’ve an up-to-date version (click Help > Check for Updates).
Then download a copy of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, either the 32-bit or 64-bit edition, depending on which version of Windows you have. (If you’re not sure, click Start, right-click Computer, select Properties and check “System type”.
Windows 8 Installation in VirtualBox
- You can download VirtualBox from Here.
- Install the software.
- Run the program and click on the blue coloured “New” button.
- The “Create New Virtual Machine wizard will run and click “Next.
- Enter a name for the VM (Windows 8 in this case) and select “Microsoft Windows” and “Windows 8” as the Operating System and Version respectively and click “Next”.
- Allocate at least 1GB of RAM using the slider. Click “Next”.
- Create a new virtual hard disk (if you don’t already have one) by clicking on the radio button and hitting “Next”.
- Select the type of virtual hard disk that you want and click “Next”. The default option should be enough for most users.
- Select “dynamically allocated” if you are not very finicky about performance.
- Give the virtual HD a name and allocate some memory for it, make sure that you allocate at least the minimum required space as specified in the requirements and click “Next”.
- Verify the details at the Summary and hit “create”.
- Next, select the new Virtual Machine you created, from the main screen of VirtualBox and hit Start.
- Follow the instructions of the “First Run” wizard and hit “Next”.
- Mount the Windows 8 ISO file or insert the bootable USB or DVD drive that you created for Windows 8 Installation.
- Select the correct drive from the “Host drive” window that pops up and hit “Next” and “start”
- If you followed all the instructions correctly and there are no other unforseen problems, the virtual machine will boot and you should be ready to begin your Windows 8 trial.
- Follow this post to complete Windows 8 Installation guide.
Windows 8 Installation instructions specified earlier and you are good to go.