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I've read a lot about the new Windows OS, but would like to run it first hand. I've got several Macs with Mountain Lion (10.8) and presume I can use this evaluation license to test the OS for my consulting company.

What else do I need to run Windows 8 in virtualization (as I'd rather not mess with BootCamp for several reasons)? Any other gotchas from someone who has gone down this path would be appreciated as well.

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The latest versions of all major VMs for OSX (Parallels Desktop, vmware, virtualbox) supports Windows 8. – Oct 29 '12 at 1:24
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You will need a hypervisor.

I have had the most experience with VirtualBox - it is easy to set up and it performs reasonably well. There are options for sharing folders between a guest and a host.

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Downloading the OSX client for VirtualBox presently... Have you run the evaluation license on OS X or is this just a general plug for something you've run on other OS and presume it's solid on OS X as well? – bmike Oct 29 '12 at 1:28
This did the trick. For someone like me that't totally new to Windows 8 - everything went well installing the developer evaluation release on top of a "leave all the defaults in place" virtual box for Win8. The only counter-intuitive step was you should pick the non-default install since the Win8 installer insists on rebooting to try to run a migration rather than just installing onto the blank drive image. – bmike Oct 29 '12 at 15:18

VirtualBox, although it runs best if you set up the VM as a Windows 7 device and then install Windows 8.

Why? I don't know, it just does!

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