Running the Windows 8 Developer Preview on Microsoft Virtualization

Just over a week ago – we posted some details on how to run the Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual machine (read all about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/16/running-windows-8-developer-preview-in-a-virtual-environment.aspx).

I have been getting a lot of questions and information here – so I wanted to follow up with some details:

  • While the Windows 8 Developer Preview does run under Hyper-V – there is a known problem with running the Windows 8 Developer Preview on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2.  If you are doing this / are planning to do this you should have a look at this hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2526776
  • In the above article we stated that the Windows 8 Developer Preview does not work under Virtual PC / Virtual Server.  A lot of people have been asking me if there is some unofficial tweak / hack that can be used to make this work – but the answer is a definitive “no”.  Sorry, but there is nothing more to say there.

Cheers,
Ben