Windows 8 (Developer Preview Pre-Beta) Installation Step by Step

This is what I have been waiting for quite some time nowSmile an official version of Windows 8 to try it out. After they released the Developer Preview Pre-beta version of Windows 8 yesterday at the BUILD conference I managed to download the ISO.

Since it was a Pre-Beta I started to install on top of a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V machine ( I know the touch features – but something I want to sacrifice until later)

I created a new hyper-V virtual machine and started to install and it was almost the same as a Windows 7 installation except for the Windows 7 starting splash screen being replaced with another (refer screen shot below)

Here you go!

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Loading Files

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The changed splash screen from Windows 7

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Language Settings

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Installation Confirmation

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Setup is Starting

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Installation Option

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Disk Selection

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Installation Progress

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Restarting

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Setting up registry for the fist time and first time only

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Preparing to load

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Preparing the attached hardware devices

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License Agreement

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Initial startup and configuration

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Personalizing – Computer Name

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Setup Option – I selected “Express”

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Creating the first User Account

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Finalizing

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Loading User

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Preparing PC

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Icons “Tiles” which can be clicked

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More tiles and icons

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Desktop (revamped start button)

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Ribbon enabled Windows Explorer

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Built in Internet Explorer 10

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My Computer

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System Properties

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Hover over start button

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Other settings accessed through desktop settings

WOW… isn’t this mind blowing? Open-mouthed smile Awesome stuff.. stay tuned.. I am to explore more and try this on my slate Smile (reason why I was waiting till later)

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6 thoughts on “Windows 8 (Developer Preview Pre-Beta) Installation Step by Step

  1. @Akfash I tried to install Win8 Developer Preview on my HyperV environment. It comes to the Installation Screen and then asks for the drivers for the CD/DVD Drive. Not sure if you faced the same issue, but I’d appreciate if you could help me out.

  2. Hi Ricky,
    Do you get this error only when installing Windows 8 Developer Preview? or for all the virtual machines?

    If its only for the Windows 8, i would suggest you try re-downloading the ISO.

    If it’s the same scenario for all the virtual machines, can you please try updating your windows adn apply all the updates for Hyper-V?

    When you open the Hyper-V manager, goto Help , About Hyper-V manager, which version does it show?

    Hyper-V Beta 6.0.6001.17101
    Hyper-V RC0 6.0.6001.18004
    Hyper-V RC1 6.0.6001.18010
    Hyper-V RTM 6.0.6001.18016

    Let us know to further troubleshoot this 🙂

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