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I would like to run Windows 8 within a virtual machine under Ubuntu.
My quick attempt with VMware failed.
Has anyone reached to run Windows 8 on Ubuntu?

ps: Microsoft just released a public preview of Windows 8 -- see

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Will work with Virtualbox. You have to enable hardware virtualization in the settings, VT-x and Nested Paging.

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You may also have to enable IO APIC. – mount.cifs Sep 14 '11 at 11:30
Also if installing to an ssd, ensure you tick the Solid State Drive box under the hard disk configuration. – grrrrrrrrrrrrr Sep 21 '12 at 18:04
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Virtualbox didn't work for me, but VMWare did.
make sure to enable hardware virtualization in your BIOS

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Broken link. It seems that the article was moved here:… although the instructions are for windows :( – juanra Jul 23 '15 at 9:42

Try qemu with 512 MB ram.. by the way before going further check MD5 sum matches the checksum provided by Microsoft. There is a probability that the iso you downloaded is corrupt.

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Why 512MB ram? These are the requirements: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit) 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) – mount.cifs Sep 14 '11 at 11:32
do check your facts, and don't tell me that you can not install windows 7 on 256 MB of ram because I have installed one on my old machine. these system requirements are advised requirements not actual. – puneet Sep 15 '11 at 7:18
Wasn't my intention to piss you off man, just chill! I know it's possible to run Windows7 with lower requirements, but this is W8 and why not go with the recommended requirements? Especially when the user is having issues running it... – mount.cifs Sep 15 '11 at 8:41

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