Finally, Windows 8 is on VM

Windows 8

Do you guys manage to install Windows 8 on VMWare Player (Version: 3.1.4 build-385536) or VMWare Workstation? I’m trying to install “Windows Developer Preview (Apps and Tool)” that I downloaded from MSDN on VMWare since this morning and I keep on getting the error after seeing the very first screen.

Windows 8 on VMWare : vcpu-0:NOT_IMPLEMENTED vmcore/vmm/intr/apic.c:1903

I couldn’t find any solution so as other suggested, I tried installing it on VirtualBox that other said it works for them. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me.  I was almost giving up but then, Wait! there is no Windows 8 in the OS Type combo box so I chose “Other Windows”. I think it might be the cause of the error.

Status: 0xc0000225
Info: An unexpected error has occured

then, I decided to choose a few options and I found that “Windows Xp (64bit)” works great for me. One more thing: Don’t forget to set the hard disk space more than 12 GB (The default one is 10GB which doesn’t meet the requirement of Windows 8.)

Finally, I managed to install Windows 8 on virtual machine. Da da!! The most interesting thing for me is that it has Visual Studio 11,  Microsoft Expression Blend 5 and Metro style app development.. of course! :)

Edit: Tim who is currently working for VMWare and is also our lead writer in our book “Windows Phone 7 in action” shared me this link “VMware Workstation 8 running Windows 8!”.

UPDATE: Windows 8 on VMWare Player 4.

VMWare released VMWare Player 4 that supports Windows 8.

Update: Windows 8 (64 bits) on VMWare Player 4.0.1

It happened to me to install Windows 8 on VM again today and installing of Windows 8 was never been easy.

Here is the error that I got.

File: wd01000.sys OR msrpc.sys OR etc
Status: 0xc0000017
Error Message : Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.

I was experiencing here and there and finally, I found this post “[Guide]Install Windows 8 on VMware Workstation with VMware Tools” which saves my day.

The important trick is that you need to select “I will install the operation system later” option . And then mount the ISO to the DVD of VM later to install the OS.

11 thoughts on “Finally, Windows 8 is on VM

  1. Thanks! Looks like we were having the exact same issues with both VMWare and VirtualBox. Glad you posted your XP-64bit idea. Seems to be working for me now.

  2. I was getting the same exact status error with Virtual Box. I also had it on “Other Windows”, changed to XP-64bit and upped my video memory and it worked like a charm. Thanks!

  3. @Chris @Johnny glad it helped.. ya.. HD needs more than 25 MB I think..

    @Tim Thanks for the link.. I wish they could do something about VMplayer as well.. My office provided me VMWorkstation 7 but need to ask them whether they have license for latest or not. I’m using VMplayer at home..

  4. Thats good post… I managed to install windows 8 parallel to windows 7. As I my computer is X86 processors, I can only install the OS and cannot install the developer tools in this preview release. There is no use for me except that I can get familiar with metro UI.

  5. I was getting the same exact status error with Virtual Box.
    Thank you very much for such information. Very informative post. Thanks once more.

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