I had earlier installed Windows 8 Developer Preview on my machine. So this time around installing the Windows 8 consumer preview was easier.
You can download the necessary files from http://preview.windows.com/
Specifically here you can get the setup program: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download
And the ISO is available here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso
The VMWare player mentioned that an upgrade was available to VMWare Workstation which is a paid product, I didn’t choose to install it and it then provided the option to upgrade the player to the latest VMWare Player 4.0.2 build-591240.
Once I did the above, I loaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO into VMWare and the install process was pretty much a breeze.
I first ran the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup on the host machine to just check the compatibility of my system. I was quite surprised that Microsoft Security Essentials was not compatible.
Next I ran the setup within the VM. It asked for the product key… which I’d got from the setup wizard. Entered it.
Then it asked me if I wanted to keep my personal files. I chose yes.
Next it told that this might take a while… 🙂 so I waited patiently… as I’m installing within a VM and I’m doing an upgrade from the Developer Preview…
After installation it started configuring Windows Updates
Now the strange picture, any guesses what it is?
Settings came next, I chose to customize the settings…
Finally logged into the Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Finally the Metro UI, pure awesomeness…
After this I ran windows update, and it downloaded a few updates.
However, I needed to install the VMWare Additions, this ensured that the display took the full screen, I had to do a re-boot, and then could use Windows 8 consumer preview in full screen. Note: you need to have 1366×768 to experience the snap view correctly.
Multi-touch worked perfectly, no need for any calibrations. The only issue is the support for the Wacom pen, I need to figure this one out.
I’m also going to try installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a separate partition. Hopefully that will resolve the pen issue, as the Lenovo x220t is one of the devices which the Windows team is using to test.
Some things I noticed, which were wonderful was the performance of Windows 8, it just totally rocks. Also I found this release to be far superior in terms of keyboard + touch navigation.