a sneak preview of Windows 8 evaluation version using VMWare’s
Workstation 8.0.3. The
setup and installation of Windows 8 in Workstation was a breeze.
There was just one hiccup which is mentioned below.
initial experience with Windows 8 is truly breath taking. The
metro-style screen with its mosaic of tiles looks really great.
Besides, Microsoft with Windows 8 is definitely taking the right path
with a tile for the App Store and the SkyDrive. More on that later…
get started download Windows 8 Release preview ISO image
Make a note of the Product key in the page.
your VMWare Workstation and choose “Create a new VM”. Browse to
the directory which has the ISO image start the VM. Use the product
key that you made a note of in the download page. While the
installation will start you are bound to run into the error “Windows
cannot read the product key from the unattend answer file”. To fix
this issue power off the Windows 8 VM. Now select the “Settings”
of the VM and remove floppy drive from the settings. Now Power on
your VM. This time things should go smoothly and you installation
process should begin.
you should see Windows 8 installation screen
the custom option as shown below
installation should start and you should see
the prompts and pretty soon you should see a really appealing Windows
8 metro style screen. The screen has a really cool tiled look. In
fact with this look icons seem almost passe.
quick look at this screen and you will see that Microsoft has now
included the Store (App Store) and the SkyDrive. I am certain both of
these will be put to great use in the future. Games and apps will be
downloaded from the App Store. Play around the desktop.
8 is supposed to be based on touch where the user touches the screen
to select an application. To navigate between applications or to get
back to the metro-style screen move the mouse to the lower left
corner of the screen and you should see a small metro-style screen.
The top left corner has your current running applications.
wanted to check out the Skydrive. So I created 2 text files in my
Documents folder and selected Skydrive.
can right click the files and select them. Go the bottom right corner
and right click. You should see the task bar pop up. Click add and
you will get a screen as shown below
files and folders to the cloud is bound to be commonly used in the
not too distant future. The Skydrive right on your desktop will
be a god send for users who want to keep a back up copy on the Cloud.
App Store is another alluring addition.
the boot and load times of applications are fast in Windows 8
then Windows 8 looks to be a clear winner.
fact with the stylish tiled look, touch interface, app store and
Skydrive Windows 8 may actually give iPad a run for its money given
the fact that Windows 8 provides actual computing capability in
addition to consuming content.
From my blog: Giga thoughts
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