Like many other developers and geeks (according to what I read on twitter yesterday), I tested the developer preview of Windows 8. But I only wanted to do a quick and dirty test. Then I installed Win8 in VirtualBox:
- 1 – Download the 4.5GB iso from HERE.
- 2 – Mount this iso on a virtual DVD player with Daemon Tools.
- 3 – Create a virtual machine (I selected a Win7 64-bit system, with 40GB of HDD) with VirtualBox, I called it Win8Box.
- 4 – Start the virtual machine and select the virtual DVD player to launch Win8 installation.
The Win8 dev preview is a 64-bit version only with developers tools (Windows SDK for Metro style apps, Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview). DirectX 11.1 SDK is also present…
Once the installation is completed, Win8 looks like as follows:
There is a horizontal slider to move the scren left to right. Win8 interface is designed for tablets! To get the usual desktop, you have to click on the small desktop icon. An there, we have the Win7-like desktop. Win8 comes with a new task-manager:
Win8 is compatible with Win7 apps:
On x86 and x64 PCs, Windows 8 supports Windows 7 desktop applications and devices so you don’t have to compromise or give up what you’re used to. On these PCs, your existing Windows 7-based applications just work.
Okay with VirtualBox, you don’t have access to OpenGL stuff, and Direct3D support is limited, but D3D9 seems to work. I successfully launched MSI Kombustor with the Direct3D 9 render path:
Here are various links about Win8:
- Windows 8 Developer preview Guide (PDF)
- Windows 8: The Top 4 Things You Should Know
- WinRT: An Object Orientated Replacement for Win32
- Building your first Metro style game with C++
- C++11 Features in Visual C++ 11
- Direct3D 11.1 Features