Windows 8 Consumer Preview USB Install on VirtualBox [Tutorial]

Uploaded by JAGTutorials on 01.03.2012

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on February 29, 2012. Windows 8 was reinvented
from a core of Windows 7 with speed and reliability in mind. It features an all-new touch interface
for tablet and touchscreens called Metro. This is for the public to use and review the
operating system. Microsoft wants to release sometime in the fall 2012. Now you probably
don't want upgrade your main computer to this version as it might contain bugs or other
issues tha won't be resolved in the beta stage. I recommend that you install a fresh copy
of Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a secondary computer or that you install it in a virtual
machine like VirtualBox or VMware. I will place a link onscreen to another tutorial
showing you how to download install and set up VirtualBox if you want to do that first.
For this tutorial I'll be installing it on VirtualBox. Let's download the Windows 8 Consumer
Preview. Open a web browser like Internet Explorer. Now i have Google already set as
my homepage, if you don't, go up in the address bar, type in, and hit enter. Now
in the search field on Google you want to type in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Now the
first link you should get here should be Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and it should go to "–US/Windows–8/consumer–Preview".
Then click on this link. Once the page finishes loading, scroll down a little bit, and then
click the "Get It Now" button. Alright now scroll down a little bit again. In the middle
you'll see a download Windows 8 Consumer Preview button. This is if you're already have Windows
running, like I do in this case, and you want to install Windows 8 on the same computer.
Now what we're going to do here is we are going to download the iso file, which is a
single file that contains the format of a CD or DVD. We're then going to burn this iso
image onto a USB drive and we can use that install Windows on this computer, or any other
computer that we want. Alright so underneath this button you'll see where it says you can
download Windows 8 Consumer Preview in iso format instead. Click iso format. Alright
now scroll down again and you'll see the links at the top here are in English. you have download
links for both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8. I'll put a link on screen here to another
tutorial that shows you how to check your Windows 7 or Windows Vista system to see if
it's 64-bit or 32-bit. Most modern systems are 64-bit however if you're unsure and you
don't want to check 32-bit will always run a 64-bit system, but 64-bit won't run on a
32-bit. So you can download 32-bit and that will run especially if your just testing it's
not going to make that big of a deal. So I have a 64 bit version of Windows 7 here, and
the computer i'm going to install on is 64-bit, so i'm going to click the download button
for the 64-bit version. On the download information bar i'm going to click the little down arrow
button next to save and then click "save as". I'm going to select the desktop and i'm going
to click the save button. Now while this is downloaded we're going to go download one
other piece of software. This is the "Windows 7 USB Tool". This is usedtake an ISO image
like what we're downloading here and turn it into a bootable USB drive. So you can open
another web browser if you want. I'm just going to click to open up a new tab. Open
up another Google browser. Now in the search field type in Windows 7 USB tool.Go to the
first link here on the Microsoft store. We'll scroll down a little bit, and under the installation
steps you want to click on the link where it says Windows 7 USB DVD download tool installation
file. And again on the download information bar click the little down arrow save as. To
the desktop we'll save and then click the save button. OK let's click view downloads
to bring out the download manager and now we can minimize this. I'm going to pause this
video until the download finishes, and then we'll pick up from there. alright now both
the iso file and the USB tool have both been downloaded.Let's go ahead and open up the
USB tool and install it. Double-click on the file. Click the run button. On the welcome
screen click the next button, and then on the ready to install screen just click install
button. On the completed screen click the finish button. There's now a new icon in the
desktop that says Windows 7 USB DVD download tool. Let's start the USB tool by double-clicking
on it. We need to choose the file. Let's click the browse button.Go to the desktop or wherever
else you saved it. Select the ISO file. Click the open button. Now click the next button.
Choose the media type. Choose either. Now we can see that it selected my E drive. It's
the only choice and that is the correct one. Click the begin copying button. Now there's
files on this disc. It hasn't been formatted. So it's going to pop-up with this message
saying that there's not enough free space. I'll click the erase USB device button.It
will warn me that this is permanent. I'll go ahead and click yes. It'll then go format
the drive and then copy all over the installation files. Once the drive has been completed successfully
just click the X to close out. Now if we click on the start button, and then computer, we
can see the removable disk here, and it has all our Windows installation files on it.
Alright so now we have the USB drive created we can put it into any computer that we want
and install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. So as I said before I'm going to install this
into VirtualBox as a virtual machine.I'm going to go ahead and create that now. If want to
install this on a physical box you can go ahead and skip over this portion of the setup,
in the virtual box manager I'll click the new button. On the create new virtual machine
Wizard, on the local screen, click next. We'll select Windows 8 64-bit for the operating
system version. We'll call this JAGWin8. Give this one gig of RAM. Create a new start up
disk. I like to use VMDK's because they're compatible back-and-forth with VMware a little
bit easier. Click the next button. Do dynamic allocation, 20 gigs, and I'm going to select
a new location. I like to store all of mine on a secondary disk. It gives a little better
performance. Create a new folder. Save. Next. And create. Just because it's easier I'm going
to connect this virtual machine to the ISO image we downloaded not actually to the USB
drive, but thesteps will be exactly the same. Okay we can go ahead and start this. Okay, on the Windows setup screen we can change
the language if we like, as well as the time and currency format, and the keyboard. The
defaults are all good. Click next, and then click install now button. In the enter the
product key to activate window screen, we have to enter the product key to be able to
continue. Back on the screen where we downloaded it. Now without the VMware tools I can't just
copy and paste that over. So i'm going to have to move that down and then copy that
by hand over. The key that everybody uses for the English version here is all going
to be the same so its DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J. Once you enter it correctly the next button
will become enabled. Go ahead and click that. On the license terms screen, read the license
agreement, click to select I accept license terms, and then click the next button. On the which type of
installation do you want screen. You can either do an upgrade or custom install. We're going
to do an installation from scratch here so we'll select custom install. On the word you
want to install Windows screen. We can see here the 20 GB disc that we allocated when
we created this virtual machine. Let's unselect drive options advanced. I'm going to create
a new partition here. We'll leave it as the full-size. Now click okay. I will format the
drive. Click okay again. Here we can see we have the main partition that's most of the
drive, and then we have 350 MB that's system reserved. We're going to be installing it
on disk 0 partition two. So we'll leave that highlighted, and then click the next button.
On the personalized screen, enter a name for the computer. I'll call this Win8Test. You
can change the color if you'd like, I'm just going to keep it as the default. Click the
next button. Now you can go through and you can use express settings here, or you can
customize to get more granular and be able to select the individual settings. For ease
let's just select use express settings. Now the sign into your PCs screen Microsoft wants
you to sign in with an e-mail address on a promise that they won't send you any spam.
You can do this if you like, and I probably will here in the next couple days, but for
this tutorial i'm not going to do that. To bypass this we just have to click don't want
to sign in with Microsoft account. Now again we're just going to bypass the Microsoft account
and create a local account, so to do so we'll click the local account button, and this is
just like it is in the old versions of Windows creating a regular user. I'm just going to
call this JAGTutorials and then i'll click the finish button. It's now going to finalize
our settings and bring us into the new desktop. Now here we are loaded to the Windows desktop
as our user JAGTutorials. The tiles that we see here are the Metro interface.It was based
off what they did with Windows phone. I'm not going to go into any more detail here
on this, I'll save that for a future tutorial were i'll go over some of the new features.
This is just to get everybody where they could get it installed and up and running and logged