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    cbae
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    Sven Groot

    I can't install it on VMWare Player. It actually manages to crash VMWare while the installation is loading. Sad

    EDIT: That's was the x64 version. I tried x86 now, and the good news is that VMWare doesn't crash. The bad news is that the installer still doesn't crash (it gives a curious kind of BSOD with a smily face on it and the error "HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED".

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    cbae

    @Sven Groot: I wonder if it has something to do with Windows 8 having built-in Hyper-V. Can you install a level 1 hypervisor AS a virtual machine and then run virtual machines from within the virtual machine?

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    Sven Groot

    You've never been able to run a virtualization product inside a virtual machine, I don't think Hyper-V changes that.

    If MS designed Win8 to load the Hyper-V as part of the boot-up sequence for the OOBE setup wizard, that's rather stupid. In fact, I'd be surprised if it's loaded by default, because at least on Server 2008 enabling it has some pretty big performance implications for the host OS.

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    cbae

    @Sven Groot: As soon as I get the ISO downloaded, I'll see if I can install it as guest on Hyper-V and let you know if I get the same crash. Unfortunately, the download has slowed down to a crawl.

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    Heywood_J

    ,Sven Groot wrote

    You've never been able to run a virtualization product inside a virtual machine, I don't think Hyper-V changes that.

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    MasterPi

    I get a BSOD on the host machine when trying to install it the Dev version in VirtualBox with VT-x enabled. Sad

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    magicalclick

    Still downloading. Going to completely overwrite my laptop. I have super clean backup already, so, it is fast to recover my laptop if I want to restore it. But, my odds are, I will use the new VS on Win8 all the way.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    cbae

    ,magicalclick wrote

    Still downloading. Going to completely overwrite my laptop. I have super clean backup already, so, it is fast to recover my laptop if I want to restore it. But, my odds are, I will use the new VS on Win8 all the way.

    You're one brave puppy.

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    cbae

    Download crapped out a 2.4 GB. Argh. Had to restart. I'm now downloading at 24 Mbps at least.

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    Sven Groot

    I really don't like the idea of overwriting my main Win7 installation before giving it a try elsewhere. That leaves me with two options.

    Currently my system has three internal disks: an SSD with Win7 on it, a 2TB HDD for data, and a 1TB HDD for screen captures. The 1TB disk is out, because I don't want anything on it. The 2TB drive is currently in one partition, so if I want to use it for dual boot I'd have to repartition it. Either I have to move about 800GB of data off it and back on, or I shrink the partition and create a new one at the end. That would work, but it does mean I'm installing Windows 8 on the slowest part of the disk (near the end).

    Alternatively, I have an old 500GB drive that I removed from the machine due to its tendency to vibrate on occasion. I could put that one back in (assuming I have enough SATA power cables left) and install Win8 on that.

    Either way, it's going to be a step back from using the SSD as the boot drive, which is hardly an optimal solution. I also don't like dual booting for evaluation because I tend to end up using the old OS because that already has all my apps and settings.

    What was MS thinking releasing a technical preview OS and not making it compatible with virtual machines? Don't they realize that that's how us techies evaluate stuff nowadays?

    EDIT: I tried it Windows Virtual PC 7 (with the x86 edition, obviously) and got the same HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error. Sad

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    Ian2

    Going to download and run on my trusty old PDC Tablet (Acer 1640p) - looks like me best option until I can get one of those sparkly new machines.

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    felickz

    HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED on x86 version attempt to install with Virtual PC.  The twitter stream is alive with users touting virtual box... guess it is finally time to abandon VPC.

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    PerfectPhase

    ,Sven Groot wrote

    I really don't like the idea of overwriting my main Win7 installation before giving it a try elsewhere. That leaves me with two options.

    *snip*

    Boot from VHD?

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    felickz

    Seeing a few of these comments across the interwebs as well "Tried running it in VirtualBox..didn't work. "

    Guess it only works on Samsung slates Devil

     

     

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    Stinomus

    Currently installing in the latest version of VirtualBox. I got the HAL_INTIALIZATION_FAIL in Virtual PC 2007 and Windows Virtual PC.

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    Stinomus

    But of course that was short-lived:

    Windows cannot install required files. The file does not exist. Make surea ll files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070003

    Borked download methinks.

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    Lihan

    I have just got the same issue in the latest VMWare, have tried change the settings around, but can't get it fixed. Perplexed

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