Now you have files, let’s install VMWare Player. VMWare Player is a software that creates virtual PC environment. This is powerful and useful tool, not only installing Windows 8, you can also install Linux, DOS, and other OSs.
Run VMWare installer you have downloaded.
Simply follow wizard and click “Next”.
Wait until installation completes.
Click Finish when done.
VMWare Player is now installed. You should see shortcut created at desktop (or in Programs menu).
Launch program, and you will see license screen. Click agree (if you agree) and press OK.
Home screen for Virtual Environment will show up. You can create, configure, and run Virtual PC from here. Create new for Windows 8 evaluation environment.
Click “Create a New Virtual Machine”.
If software update message shows during creating Virtual Machine, select download and install. You will need VMWare Tools later.
In new machine wizard, select “Installer disk image file (ISO)” and browse to Windows 8 evaluation iso file you have downloaded from Microsoft homepage. Then click “Next”.
Enter name for Virtual Machine.
Default location is c: drive. You will need 20 to 30GB for Virtual Machine, so change to different location as needed.
Next, specify disk space for virtual machine. File will be created under folder you specified in previous step, and this file will be treated as virtual HDD in virtual machine.
Not full sized disk file specified is immediately created, but file size expands according to how much disk space you use in virtual machine. Specify 30GB for now (you can change size later if you want to).
Next step, is one step before creating new virtual machine. Press “Customize Hardware” and adjust RAM size.
Part of actual RAM of your PC will be assigned to virtual machine. Assigning less memory will make virtual machine to run slower, and assigning too much will slow down both virtual, and physical PC. If you have 2GB RAM, assign about 1.2GB for virtual machine, and if you have 3GB or more, assign about 1.5 to 2GB of RAM for virtual machine.
Adjust slide bar at right side, not going over blue arrow.
Close customize window, and press finish to complete creating virtual machine. Windows 8 setup should start automatically.
Next step, will explain Windows 8 installation.
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