After a few moments the Windows 8 setup screen will appear. Click Install now to begin.
Setup is starting.
Enter the product license key: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8 followed by Next.
Agree to the terms and click Next.
Choose the second option to perform a new installation.
Here is the disk you created. Click Next to continue.
Installation is nearly complete.
Choose the background color for your Windows 8 desktop (you can change this later) and enter a descriptive name for the computer. Click Next to continue.
At this point you have the choice of allowing Windows 8 to use default settings for functions such as sharing, updates, information sent to Microsoft, and troubleshooting. I prefer to use Customize so I can review the settings. Click Customize to continue.
Your first option is whether to allow your Windows 8 installation to share files with other computers on your network. Since this is a virtual machine it is OK to click Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices.
The next screen includes options for updating Windows 8 and browser security. The default settings are appropriate so click Next to continue.
The next screen shows the options for communications between your Windows 8 virtual machine and Microsoft. Since this is a beta I suggest you leave these as they are so information can be collected to better the final product. Click Next to continue.
The next screen contains settings for troubleshooting and app sharing. Again, I suggest you leave these as they are to ensure you experience Windows 8 at its’ best and to help in the improvement of the final product. Click Next to continue.
At this point you will be asked to enter an email address. Windows will check to see if the address is associated with a Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live, Microsoft Live, or Live) information. If you do not have one I suggest you create one. This will be a pivotal feature in Windows 8 (we cover this in detail in a later article) that will allow the seamless integration of settings and files across devices. Click Next to continue.
Wait patiently while Windows retrieves the account information.
If Microsoft determines the email address is associated with a Microsoft Account you will be asked for the password. If not, you will be asked to create one. Click Next to continue.
Finalizing the installation process…
A quick reboot later…
A few VirtualBox Tips:
Once the virtual machine is running you use the same mouse/keyboard to control it. Should you find the mouse “caught” inside the VM window simply press the ctrl key on the right side of your keyboard.
Performing a shut down on Windows 8 will shut down the OS and close the virtual machine just like turning your computer off. Future starts will start from boot just like your PC.
Using the Machine menu in the virtual machine window followed by clicking Close will allow you to Save the machine state. Future starts will return to the current state. Have a program open and it will return to that point.