After the release of the Windows 8 Consumer review, I wanted to know how it’s working on my Samsung Slate 7. I wanted to have both, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on my slate so that I can change when it’s necessary. There are different possibilities to achieve this. Because my S7S only came with a 64 GB SSD drive, I decided to install Windows 8 on a VHD. The advantages are that I only have to create a VHD file on the Windows 7 C:\ drive and therefore don’t have to repartition my hard disk. And with a VHD file I can easily transfer it to another(it’s just a file), but although it’s a file I have a functioning Windows 8 that is running directly on the hardware.
I have followed the following steps to install Windows 8:
- Make sure you have the latest BIOS version installed. You can download the latest firmware from Samsung.
- Download the Windows 8 Consumer preview iso file. It’s currently available in English, German, French, Japanese and Chinese.
- Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. It will allow you to create a bootable USB stick (or dvd, but who cares about DVD ;-)). Start it and format a USB stick according to the screen shots:
- Create a VHD disk either via Disk Management or via command line. I created a dynamic VHD because I don’t have so much free disk space left:
- CREATE VDISK FILE=”C:\VHD\Win8.vhd” TYPE=Expandable MAXIMUM=25000
- SELECT VDISK FILE=”C:\VHD\Win8.vhd”
- ATTACH VDISK
- SELECT VDISK FILE=”D:\VHD\Win8.vhd”
- ATTACH VDISK
I will extend my post as soon as I have some more time. Enjoy Windows 8 on your slate!