Why Windows 8 installation failed on Virtual Machine / VirtualBox

Like every curios, you also wanted to give a try to Windows 8 and obvious choice would be installing it virtually using VirtualBox and Virtual Machine. Though it was already said, you can install by making only Clean method means no virtual thing but who stops you from trying?

To install and run Windows 8 in Virtual environment, you need Hardware Virtualization Technology enabled which is hardware assisted and mainly depends on CPU / Processor of your Computer.

Though, Windows 8 setup starts but it crashes at later stage or VirtualBox throws critical error with Black Screen. Some users may also get Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death.

Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death

So, that is the main reason behind Why Windows 8 installation on Virtual machine or VirtualBox Failed. Either Hardware Virtualization is not enabled or not supported.

How to check whether Hardware Virtualization is supported?

Download Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool and open it. If it says this computer does not have Hardware-Assisted Virtualization then either is disabled or not Supported.

Check Virtualization Supprt

If not supported, you have no choice than making a clean installation. But, there are chances that it may be disabled so, to check that- Reboot into BIOS setup and find Virtualization Support menu and Enable it.

After enabling, you are good to go and try installing Windows 8 virtually again and chances are that you will succeed.

Note that Instructions to turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS are specific to OEM models. It is important that after changing your BIOS settings the PC is completely shut down at the power switch before restarting so that the new BIOS settings can take place.

Mentioned above can be one of the major reason but not the only one. It can fail if Machine doesn’t meet minimum requirements like 1GB RAM, 1GHz and 20GB Space.

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Abhishek | Techdistinct - September 16, 2011

rohit you are right but we can install windows 8 virtually using Oracle virtual box and may be it will also need CPU/Processor acceleration.

Akash - September 16, 2011

Thanks for Info. 🙂


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