Installing windows 8 on VMware workstation

A newer version of VMware workstation 8 has been released with a feature to support only 64bit processor.
The Physical machine or host Machine should have 64bit processor for VMware workstation 8 .

You can download the free version of VMware workstation 8.0

The new windows 8 operating system is supported on VMware workstation8 and work  fine.

Download the Free version Windows 8 ISO images  for 32 bit  or 64bit


Installing windows 8 on VMware workstation

  • Install the VMware workstation 8 software on your PC. The installation is very simple, keep clicking on next button with default settings.
  • Launch the VMware workstation 8 player and then select to create a new virtual machinevmware workstation 8











When you  choose the windows8 iso image, an error occurs,

Windows 8 Release Preview











DO NOT go to next step with the above option. the installation tries to install the guest OS with easy install and throw some errors as you continue

 Select the last option as shown below , click next

Windows 8 Release Preview -Vmware











  • Now you need to select OS, here little tricky in the drop down menu you won’t find Windows8 listed.

Windows 8  on Vmware











For windows 8 32 bit select the version windows7
For windows 8 64bit select  the version windows 7 (x64)

Now for our demo we are using Windows7 (X64)  to build windows 8 (64 bit) OS

Specify the name of the VM machine and then browse where you need to keep the VM files

Specify the hard disk size for new Window8 OS , Here two options you can store the virtual disk as a single file

Split the virtual disk into multiple files
We are choosing to first option to store the virtual disk a single file

Windows 8  virtual disk on Vmware











Click next and  complete the installation
Below image shows the complete configuration details of VM machine

Windows 8-vmware configuraion Details


Power on the Windows 8 Virtual machine. Installation steps are very similar to Windows7.

Complete the Installation of Windows 8, a new Metro User Interface screen appears, with your user account name display.

In Windows8 the screen resolution isautomatically adjusted and new Metro UI displays as shown

Windows8  Desktop screen is Graphical Interface, with more robust  display.

Windows 8 Release Preview - Metro User Interface Screen











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