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Is it possible to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on a Macbook Pro. I'm trying to do this using the WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer.iso file with VirtualBox but fail during the installation process with it trying to expand files.

Any hints on how to install Windows 8 Dev Preview on the Macbook Pro?

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I am running it under vmware fusion 4 with no problems. just told it was a windows 7 64 bit host. – Doon Sep 14 '11 at 20:36
You might see the answer to this question:…. VirtualBox might not have the needed support. – Shinrai Sep 14 '11 at 20:44
@Shinrai that leads to VirtualPC, and searching for info it seems that Win 8 should work on VirtualBox. The question is if it's possible to run on VirtualBox in MacBook Pro. – Spoike Sep 14 '11 at 20:59
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From the VirtualBox wiki page

Supported host operating systems include Linux, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Solaris, and OpenSolaris; there is also a port to FreeBSD (only OSE version).

So virtual box should run, ymmv...

Now you should follow guides such as this for configuring VirualBox for Windows 8 Developer Preview:

Step by step guide here :

Main configuration elements:

  • Select Windows 7 as option in VirtualBox
  • Enable VT-x and Nesting Paging
  • Enable PAE/NX
  • Enable IO APIC
  • Enable 3D Acceleration, you can enable 2D Acceleration also
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Accepted as answer, even though I forgot one of the configuration options there is also some kind of bug that halts the installation of Windows 8 when you're switching desktops and doing something else on Mac OS X. Not sure if Windows 8 installation program, OS X Lion or VirtualBox causes this behavior. You can complete the installation if you can leave the MacBook Pro while installing Win 8. – Spoike Sep 15 '11 at 6:33

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