Windows 8

This guide will show you how to install Windows 8 in VirtualBox.

01 – Click New in VirtualBox

02 – Provide a name, and ensure that Type: Microsoft Windows and Version: Windows 7 (64-bit)
Click Next

03 – Leave the RAM setting as is.
Click Next

04 – Make sure Create a virtual hard disk now is selected.
Click Create

05 – Make sure VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) is selected.
Click Next

06 – Make sure Dynamically allocated is selected
Click Next

07 – If required, change the location the virtual hard disk should be saved.
Click Create

08 – Select the newly created virtual machine and press Ctrl + S to open the machines settings.

Select Empty under Controller: IDE.
Then click the small disk icon on the right hand side and click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.
Navigate to, and select the Windows 8 disk image.
Click Open

09 – Click “OK” to close the settings.

10 – Click Start

11 – Windows 8 Setup will load some files.
Windows 8 Setup will load.
Select your Language, Time/Currency format and Keyboard layout.
Click “Next”

12 – Click “Install now”

13 – Enter your Windows 8 Product Key.
Click “Next”

14 – The License Terms will load.
Tick the “I accept the license terms” checkbox.
Click “Next”

15 – Windows 8 Setup will ask you whether you would like to Upgrade or do a Custom install.
Click “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)”

16 – Windows 8 Setup will list the Hard Drives found in the virtual machine.
It should only show the one.
Click “Next”

17 – Windows 8 Setup will begin copying and installing the necessary files.

18 – The virtual machine will restart a couple of times.
When told to “Press any key to boot from CD”, wait a few seconds.

19 – Windows 8 will load.
You will be asked to enter a PC name.
Enter whatever you would like.
Click “Next”

20 – You will be asked whether to setup using Express Settings or Customize.
Click “Use express settings”

21 – You will be asked to sign in to your Microsoft Account.
Click “Create a new account”

22 – On the Create a Microsoft account screen, click “Sign in without a Microsoft account”

23 – You will be asked to enter a User name and Password.
You can leave the password fields empty if you wish.
Click “Finish”

24 – Windows 8 Setup will finish finalizing your settings. This might take a little while.
Note: If after a little while nothing seems to be happening (and the hard disk status light in the VirtualBox status bar isn’t flashing), click “Machine”, then “Reset” and wait for Windows 8 to load.

25 – You will be logged in.
Windows 8 will run through some final processes.

26 – Windows 8 should finish loading and load the Start menu.

Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Windows 8 is now installed.

Optional
Below are the steps needed to setup;

  • Hardware Drivers
  • Web Browser Installation

Hardware Drivers

VirtualBox comes with some optional drivers which can easily be installed.

1 – Boot into Windows 8

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Insert Guest Additions CD image…”
The AutoPlay menu should appear.
Click “Tap to choose what happens with this disc”
Click “Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe”

3 – A User Account Control popup will appear.
Click “Yes”

4 – Virtual Box Guest Additions installer should launch.
Click “Next”

5 – Setup will ask for the destination to install to.
Click “Next”

6 – You will be asked to choose components to install.
Leave these as-is.
Click “Install”

7 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will start installing.

8 – A Windows Security popup will appear.
Click “Install”

9 – VirtualBox Guest Additions will finish.
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

Make sure “Reboot now” is selected.
Click “Finish”

10 – The virtual machine will reboot and Windows 8 will load.
On the Windows 8 Start Menu, type “display” and click “Display Settings” in the sidebar.

11 – Here you can change the resolution.
Change the resolution if you wish using the slider.
Scroll down
Click “Apply”

12 – If you changed the resolution, you will be asked whether you want to keep the settings.
Click “Keep changes”

14 – The Display is now configured.

Web Browser Installation

I have included a number of different Web Browsers which you can install.

1 – Make sure you are in Windows 8

2 – Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Choose disk image…”

Select the Browsers disk image.
Click “Open”

3 – Install the browser(s) of your choice.

Once installed;
Click “Devices”
Click “Optical Drives”
Click “Remove disk from virtual drive”

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