Install Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine on Your Mac (How-To)

Guys over CultofMac has made an easy  guide to install Windows 8 developer preview build on your Mac OS X in a virtual machine.Of you are Mac user and want to try Windows 8 and check Windows 8 features and what’s new, Follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Download Windows 8 Developer Preview

The first thing you’ll need, if you haven’t already got it, is the Windows 8 Developer Preview build. You can download this from You’ll have a choice between the 32-bit and 64-bit builds. I recommend you go for the former — it’s just 2.9GB as opposed to 3.6GB, and it’s all you’ll really need to play around with.

The Windows 8 download will be a .iso file, and will likely be saved to your ‘Downloads’ folder. However, be sure to keep a note of its location — you’ll need this in step 3.

Step 2: Download VMware Fusion 4.0

Once you have your Windows 8 Developer Preview, you’ll need an application to run the virtual machine. We’re going to use VMware Fusion for this for two reasons: Firstly, it’s the easiest to set up, and secondly, if you don’t already have it you can download a free 30-day trial.

Step 3: Setup Your Windows 8 Virtual Machine

So, now you have your Windows 8 download and you’ve installed VMware Fusion 4. Open up VMware Fusion and choose to create a new virtual machine. Click the ‘Continue without disc’, and then ‘Choose a disk or disk image…’.

Step 4: Locate Your Windows 8 Download & Install

Navigate to your Windows 8 Developer Preview .iso file and click ‘Next’. VMware will now ask you to choose your operating system. Windows 8 will not be available, so just select Microsoft Windows 7 instead. Click ‘Continue’ and then click ‘Finish’ in the next window.

Now wait while VMware Fusion performs its magic and sets up your Windows 8 partition. This shouldn’t take too long, but it will depend on the speed of your Mac.

Well Done ! Your Windows 8 virtual machine will now be set up and ready for you to play around with.

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