Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview in VMware Workstation 8

Installing Microsoft Windows 8 in a VMware Workstation 8 VM turned out to be a real piece of cake.

Follow the screenshots for the procedure I used, but basically all I did was to create a new VM with the pre-configured “Windows 8 Server” preset and inserted the downloaded ISO file.

Note: Windows 8 Server has been removed as a preset option in the final release of VMware Workstation 8, my screenshots are from the beta version. If you want to install Windows 8 in the GA version of VMware Workstation 8, you’ll need to do a manual install (as opposed to Easy Install). Use the Windows 7 option as a baseline.

Windows 8 VM Configuration Screenshots

Networking, sound and other virtual hardware issues were non-existing, everything just works right out of the box (or .iso as the case is). Adding more than 1GB memory to the VM also helps a lot when it comes to it’s responsiveness.

Windows 8 in VMware Workstation 8 Installation Video

Various Windows 8 Screenshots


  1. How did you get the Windows Server 8 option? I just downloaded VMWare Workstation 8, and it doesn’t have any Windows 8 options.

    1. @Pat Richard: I did this with the VMware Workstation 8 Beta, so that option might have been removed from the GA release. I’m sure the Windows 7 option will work fine though? Of course, the “Easy Install” option for Windows 7 doesn’t work, so you’ll have to do a manual install, since the unattended setup scheme that Windows 7 uses has been changed in Windows 8.

  2. During the first boot after the installation i get the following error message in an additional windows (not the windows8 bootscreen itself!):

    “The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click ‘OK’ to restart the computer, and then restart the installation.”

    Does anyone know a solution for this?

  3. When using easymode and ‘Windows 7’ as guest OS,make shure that in the settings of the VM the floppy drive is empty or not connected.

  4. I am having trouble connecting to the internet on windows 8 32 bit in vmware. I have installed the tools which installed the drivers for sound and others thing like network. But even with the vmnet3 driver it still will not start it says.

    Please help me.

      1. Well It says that the driver will not run windows 8. So is there a specific driver I need? Because my connection is fine and I have tried every network option in vmware.

      1. You have to configure VMWare to use E1000 driver for the network adapter. Locate the .vmx file in your virtual machine folder, and make sure you have the line: ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”. Set the Network adapter to NAT in Vmware and it should work.

        1. Hi gigikent,
          I tried the solution, but the vmplayer is not starting .it is throwing an error “Error while opening the virtual machine: Internal error”. Please help me with this. Thanks in advance.

          1. Thanks a lot gigikent !! This Solution worked like a charm. Sreekanth , you probably copy pasted the line from above. I think one of the quotes is a special character (Probably from microsoft word) . Type it it it should work.

  5. I successfully installed Windows 8 on Workstation 8,
    but my tiles don’t works except for “IE”, “Desktop”, “Control Panel” and “Win. Explorer”.
    So if I click on them, nothing happen.

    I tried to install again, but no way I can start Apps.
    Can you help me?

  6. i have installed windows 8 on vmware 8, everything is workinh fine. i also installed vmware tools. network adapter is in NAT state, but internet ias not workinf

  7. hi,

    i am having a problem when i am installing vmware 8 on my windows 7 its is not getting installed on my laptop can u solve my problem …..

    thanking you,


  8. When installing on VMware Workstation 8:

    1) Use ‘Typical’ (Easy install)
    2) Point to .iso file, Disregard warning about failed OS detection.
    2) Choose ‘Windows 7 x64’ or ‘Windows 7’
    3) Type a login name. Ignore product key and password.
    4) Name your virtual machine and choose a location.
    5) Set HDD as 20GB in 1 file.
    6) Customize hardware: Set memory at 2 GB RAM. Keep 1 CPU/Core. Remove floppy drive and printer ()May not be needed.) from HW configuration.
    7) When the virtual machine starts booting, click on the floppy drive icon, and choose ‘disconnect’. Thus you won’t be using the ‘autoinst.flp’ configuration file, and the installation will progress without a hitch.

    Hope this helps.


  9. Hi , I have installed windows 8 successfully in vmware player, but there is problem with my Network adaptor. It is asking to install driver for network adaptor. Since i am using Wifi to connect internet,i am not able to activate the OS.
    Please help me with this. Thanks in advance.

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