How to install Windows 9 Technical Preview on VMware

How to install Windows 9 Technical Preview on VMware

With the help of desktop virtualization software VMware and VirtualBox, we can try the latest Windows 9 Technical Preview OS easily.  Microsoft is going to release Windows 9 Technical Preview with revamping the features, more add-ons and development kits. This guide shows how to install Windows 9 Technical Preview on VMware workstation (applied to VMware Player too) with working VMware tools.

Before getting going, there are two important things to keep in mind. The first is the minimum requirements for windows 9 technical preview. These include a 1GHz processor, 2GB RAM for a 64-bit install (1GB for 32-bit), 20GB of storage (16GB for 32-bit), and DX9 graphics. To run Metro apps you’ll want a resolution of at least 1366×768 for full functionality, though 1024×768 is the bare minimum.  

To be able to install and run successfully, the following requirements should be met by physical computer.
The second thing you’ll want to do is to enable virtualization in BIOS.All the latest processors and motherboards support virtualization technology (vt-x/amd-v). If you have old PC, double check the processor model for this feature. Before play around in BIOS, use the appropriate tools to detect the current VT-X status in OS level. If it’s already enabled (detected by these tools), then no changes required in BIOS.

 Where to Find Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X) in BIOS?

It can be found under ‘Advanced Chipset settings’ in AWARD BIOS. Normally these vt-x/amd-v extension settings will be available in advanced settings in most of the motherboards.
Download the Windows 9 Technical Preview ISO, Download and install VMware, and spin up a new virtual machine. The Virtual Machine Wizard will do most of the heavy lifting, just make sure to correctly identify the OS version as Windows.

After this point the setup should consist of little more than moving around a few dials — Go with 1.5GB of RAM and 20GB of storage for better test. When it comes time to make the more difficult decisions refer to the following cheat sheet: you’ll want to create a new virtual hard disk, build the image as a VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image), dynamically allocate the virtual disk, and choose a location for the .VDI that will give you quick access (such as an SSD, not your NAS).

The decisions you just made will create the guest machine but the setup is not over yet — the operating system must be installed. This is as simple as running the instance you set up and following the “Install New OS” wizard. You’ll need to locate the downloaded ISO, and then simply follow the Windows 9 Technical Preview install process (it will be very easy). If everything goes as planned, it’ll be just like working with a physical computer.

One of the perks of VirtualBox is that once a machine is configured it can still be customized. This means that if the performance is not up to snuff you can configure an instance’s Settings to increase the RAM, add another processor.

That should be all you need to get the Windows 9 Technical Preview running on your Windows, OS X, Linux, or Solaris computer. The performance tuning is up to you, but if you have any trouble drop a comment below and we’ll see what we can do.

How to install Windows 9 Technical Preview on VMware


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