Windows Developer Preview in Virtual Environmnet

Windows Developer Preview is available for download and everyone wants to taste the flavour of this OS. Most of the users wants to install developer preview in a Virtual Environments instead of giving a fresh installation on a separate dedicated partition. We will some FAQs regarding Virtual Machine and its environment respect to Windows Developer Preview:

Virtual machine products allow you to run a guest OS on top of an existing host OS that runs natively on the physical machine. As many of you know, virtualization is a popular way to try out new operating system products since you don’t have to dedicate a physical machine, add a spare disk, or repartition. To run the Windows 8 Developer Preview as a guest OS, you need a virtualization product that supports it.

There are so many manufacturers of Virtual Machine and they may or may not be compatible with Windows Developer Preview so here is a outcome result of assessment so far done for the functionality test over Developer Preview:

  • Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview
  •  Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2
  •  VMware Workstation 8.0 for Windows
  •  VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows


  • Microsoft Virtual PC (all versions)
  •  Microsoft Virtual Server (all versions)
  •  Windows 7 XP Mode
  •  VMWare Workstation 7.x or older

Soon all Virtual machine will be update so as to work on Windows Developer Preview and for the coming one also.


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