Compatible VM products

What virtualization products can be used to install a Windows 8 Consumer Preview virtual machine (VM)?

The following virtualization products have been tested and verified to install and function in basic scenarios with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  Note that in some cases, special options need to be selected while loading Windows 8 Consumer Preview in the virtualization product.


•    Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview

•    Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2

•    VMware Workstation 8.0.2 for Windows

·         Note Do not use the “Easy Install” option when setting up the Windows 8 virtual environment using VMWare Workstation.  Use the new virtual machine wizard, and select the option for “Windows 7”.

•    VirtualBox 4.1.8 for Windows 

·         Note Use the VirtualBox config manager to “enable PAE/NX” when setting up the Windows 8 virtual environment.

•    Parallels Workstation 6 for Windows

•    Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows

•    XenDesktop 5.5


•    Microsoft Virtual PC (all versions)

•    Microsoft Virtual Server (all versions)

•    Windows 7 XP Mode

•    VMWare Workstation 7.x or older

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Last updated November 2, 2019 Views 16,963 Applies to: