Installing Microsoft Windows 8 Developers Preview


I have gotten ahold of the Developers Preview of Windows 8 and figured you guys would like to see the installation.  This is the basic 64bit version.  I’m currently downloading and will be installing the 64bit with developer tools onto a physical box I just freed up for this purpose.  More on that later…

After watching “Microsoft Reimages Windows, Presents Windows 8 Developers Preview” I was extremely excited to get started…

I’m setting Windows 8 up on a Hyper-V virtual.  I’ve also allocated 80GB vhd for this particular virtual which grows as needed.  For this initial installation I’ve given the Virtual 2gigs of memory until installation is complete, then I’ll probably switch it to dynamic memory like my other virtuals.

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Reboots…

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Switches to graphical boot mode at this point.

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Reboots…

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Almost caught that opening screen… it’s a little faded but this is what is displayed just before the personalize screen.

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I keep very close tabs on bandwidth leaving my home… so I never signup for the sending tracking and usage information to anybody… thus I’ll chose the Customize option.

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I try to limit any sharing of anything from workstations due to the servers running within my environment.  If I want to share files, I’ll create a share on a server not the workstation.  Only reason I access workstations is for administrative purposes so I’ll just use the hidden $ shares.

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I know a moment ago I mentioned keeping close tabs on my bandwidth, however I believe security patches are the most important thing to allow.  Thus I’ll allow the system to automatically download and install important patches.

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I turned most of these off, however one is locked down probably due to the developers preview and their desire to receive feedback on that.

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It’s connecting to the online resources for Windows Live now… then asks me to login.

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After a few minutes, Windows 8 is now loaded.

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Clicking the 3rd row 1st icon gave us our classic Desktop view…

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Clicking the start menu brought us back to the Tiled start screen.

Also turns out they’ll send you a confirmation email asking you to validate the connection of your new Windows 8 computer to your Windows Live account…

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I started using windows update to get the very latest fixes and rebooted… I was welcomed by the following login screen:

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A quick click/drag-up and I’m back to the login screen:

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  1. Pingback: Installing Windows 8 without a DVD Drive « DanielHeth’s Blog

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