If you want to try out Windows 8 but don’t feel like letting go of Windows 7 until you’ve figured out where the Startmenu went, a local dualboot environment can ease your mind.
Before we start – you know when you were a kid and you wanted to be a magician and do cool stuff to impress people but was too lazy to learn magic tricks? (Maybe it’s just me..)
Now, as an adult, I think powershell can have that effect, and for us IT-administrators who think that Windows 8 is too flashy, well… There are a lot of awesome cmdlets out there in Windows 8 (and Server 2012) and I mean this in a really good and comforting way.
So off we go!
Get your Windows 8 RTM 90 day trial
Scroll down on the page and sign in with your Windows Live ID
Download a Powershell install-windowsimage.ps1 script
To apply the installation files from the Windows 8 RTM ISO
And since you’ll be doing this from a Windows 7 client you’ll be needing an ISO application such as PowerIso or other (But hey, in Windows 8 there’s already built-in support for that)
1. Run cmd as administrator and enter the following
2. Mount the Windows 8 RTM ISO and note the drive letter
3. Run Powershell as Administrator and run the following command:Set-ExecutionPolicy Remotesigned (and answer Y)
4. In Powershell navigate to the directory where your install-windowsimage.ps1 file is located by using cd or other commands and run the following command from powershell
.\Install-WindowsImage.ps1 –WIM F:\Sources\Install.wim –Apply –Index 1 –Destination Z:\
(Where F is the drive letter of the mounted ISO and Z:\ is the destination of my mounted VHD)
Now restart, log on to your Windows 8 machine and… Why not run Hyper-V in Windows 8?