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Beginners Guides: Virtualized Windows 8 Installation with Oracle VirtualBox

Beginners Guides: Virtualized Windows 8 Installation with Oracle VirtualBox - PCSTATS
Abstract: Just updated -- Try out Windows 8 by setting up an easy-to-use virtual machine in an existing PC. PCSTATS shows you how to create a Virtual PC, how to install it and where to tweak Windows 8.
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Step 3: Installing Windows 8 CP into the Virtual Machine

There are two ways to install an operating system into a virtual PC, either directly from the .ISO file you previously downloaded or by burning the .ISO to a DVD-R and installing it from there.

To install from the .ISO: The easiest way to install Windows 8 CP onto the virtual machine you've just created is directly from the .ISO. In Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager, right click on the 'Win8' virtual machine, then go > Settings > Storage.

Under the heading IDE Controller click on 'Empty' > click on the little CD icon by 'Attributes' > 'Choose a virtual CD/DVD file..." > navigate to where you stored the .iso file and open that file. Finally, click 'Ok'.

To install from a DVD-R: If you've burned Windows 8 CP to a DVD-R, the steps are a little bit different. In Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager, right click on the 'Win8' virtual machine, then go > Settings > Storage > under the heading IDE Controller click on 'Empty' > click on the little CD icon by 'Attributes' > 'Host Drive H:" > click 'Ok'. substitute "H:" for whatever drive your DVD-ROM is.

Back at the main screen in Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager, with the 'Win8' virtual machine button still highlighted, in the right hand side of the window click on System > Processor > extended Features and check 'Enable PAE/NX'.

That's it! To begin the installation process, right click on the 'Win8' virtual machine > Start.

At this point the OS installation will proceed as normal. However, if you're suddenly met with an "Error 0x0000260", that means your CPU doesn't support 'Physical Address Extension with No Execute bit enabled (PAE-NX)' or you forgot to enable that check box while setting up the 'Win8' virtual machine. Go back and check your settings.

The Windows 8 CP installation will take about 20 minutes. The first time it starts up will require about 2-3 automatic reboots of the virtual PC. After this you'll need to log in with your Hotmail credentials. That wasn't so hard, was it?

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Beginners Guides
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Virtualized Windows 8 Installation with Oracle VirtualBox
 Pg 2.  Step 2: Creating a Virtual Machine in Oracle VirtualBox
 Pg 3.  — Step 3: Installing Windows 8 CP into the Virtual Machine
 Pg 4.  Step 4: Windows 8 CP Installation Steps
 Pg 5.  Windows 8 CP Desktop for the first time

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