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Thanks to the power of Virtualisation and Drive Imaging I was able to setup and try Windows 8 Developer Preview within 4 clicks and a 10 minute wait (In which I made myself a cup of coffee) all thanks to the Go2Cloud Virtualisation platform and Free trial.

I simply signed up for the 5 day free trial, which provides you sufficient resources (thanks to the current promotion) to power up a Windows 8 virtual machine.

Once signed in the process is really simple, Type in a Server Name, Select the Windows 8 Developer Preview Pre-Install Option, enter the size of the disk you would like (20Gb is required for the Pre-Install Image) and click Add.

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Once you click Add, your server is automatically created. Now all you do is wait for the Drive to image (which shouldn’t take more than 10 mins)

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Things to do while you wait for the drive to Image :

  • Make yourself a coffee
  • Adjust the resources for your Server by Clicking on the “Blue Gears” settings icon.

Change the RAM allocation to 2048Mb and set your VNC password (for initial access to the Machine, you can user Remote Desktop afterwards)

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Then click save.

As soon as your drive is finished imaging you can click start and then connect to your machine via VNC using the IP address visible from the control panel and the VNC password you configured.

Easy Peasy.