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How to Install Windows 8 in VMware Player part 1

In the part one of tutorial, I will show you how to create a new virtual computer and prepare it to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview or the latest Windows 8 Release Preview.

  Author: mat | Version: 4.0.2 | 6th March 2012 |  

You need to enable VT-d virtualization feature in your computer's BIOS for the installation to work. Click here to see how to enable virtualization settings in BIOS.

Open VMware Player and click Create a New Virtual Machine.

Click here for the download and install VMware Player tutorial.


Assuming you have an installation ISO file of Windows 8 Consumer Preview or the latest Windows 8 Release Preview, choose the Installer disc image file (iso) option ...

If you don't have one, please click here to get ISO image of Windows 8 Release Preview.


... and choose Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO image file.

Or Windows 8 Release Preview ISO in that matter.


Don't mind the warning and click Next.


As a Guest operating system choose Microsoft Windows and for a version choose Windows 7 x64 if you downloaded a 64 bit version of Windows 8 or choose Windows 7 if you downloaded a 32 bit version.

Click Next.


Click Next.


Click Yes.


Click Next.


You can leave the recommended maximum disk size as it is and click Next.


Click Customize Hardware...


And set the Memory to 2 GB.

It should make things run smoother, but leave it at 1 GB if your computer has only 2 GB of  memory (RAM) or less.

Click Close ...


... and Finish.

Click here for the part 2 of the tutorial, where we proceed with Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview installation.

If you're experiencing any trouble, click the comments to find out if there's a solution ready for your problem. If you can't find a working solution, just let us now and will do our best to help you move things forward.

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mat, 6th Mar 2012, 5:16 AM
If your Windows 8 setup will not start and you get a message saying something like 64 bit version of Windows cannot be installed on a non 64 bit system, but you know you have a 64 bit computer then you most probably need to turn on virtualization in your computer's BIOS settings. And the same goes for a 32 bit version.

I needed to enable following settings in my IBM ThinkPad T520 notebook so I could continue with installation:

You need to Enable VT-d feature. In my case I had to go to the Security tab in BIOS.

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dominiccoombe, 31st Mar 2012, 4:23 PM
I followed the installation for vmware player 4 and windows 8 32 bit, but the network is not working.

There is no adapter in windows 8 and i assume that is why nothing is getting through to the internet.

Please help.

Otherwise i will try a reinstall

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mat, 1st Apr 2012, 5:56 AM
Hey Dominic,

try setting the network adapter of your virtual machine to Bridged.

In the menu of VMware Player click Virtual Machine and choose Virtual Machine Settings...

Then click Network adapter and choose Bridged for a Network Connection (see picture).

Hope it helps.

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