Hello…I have an HP HPE-310t Desktop computer that is currently running the 32-bit version of Windows 7.
I'm interested in installing the Windows 8 Customer Preview on a virtual machine such as Virtual Box. I've done a little bit of research on how to do this, but there is one thing I am unclear about, and so I'm requesting assistance here.
The documentation I've read states my processor must support Virtualization Technology. The processor is a quad-core, so I'm assuming it does. However, the documentation also says Virtualization Technology is often disabled by default, and may need to be enabled to use it.
I'm not sure how to do this. I'm assuming it has to be done in BIOS. Can anyone please tell me where to find the option to enable Virtualization Technology, or check to see if is already enabled?
I actually found the Virtualization Technology option in BIOS and enabled it. I had no trouble installing Windows 8 on Virtual Box.
However, while I'm sitting here typing this, I should say something: I did install Windows 8 Customer Preview on my computer when it first came out. (I did a full system backup with Acronis True Image prior to the installation.)
Anyway, the installation went smoothly, and I installed a dozen or so programs on it with no problems. When I installed a Thunderbird E-Mail backup program, I rebooted, and my computer froze at the HP Welcome/BIOS sign-on screen.
It just stayed there. I shut the computer off for a minute or two, restarted it, and it froze again. I began to feel a touch of panic. I shut the computer off yet again, waited 15 minutes, and restarted it using the Acronis True Image boot CD. Fortunately, it booted up, so I restored my backup.
For the brief period of time I used Windows 8 on my actual system and not in Virtual Box, my reaction was highly negative. I was VERY impressed with the revised Explorer--they finally got that right. I actually LIKE the ribbon in it!
But Metro? The elimination of a Start button? It's hell on earth to use a keyboard and mouse to get to a Shut Down, Log Off, or Restart option.
I can't envision a scenario where I would upgrade my computer to Windows 8. Messing with it once in a while in Virtual Box...yeah, I'll do that. I can nuke the whole thing without much chaos.