Continue through the wizard to assign memory, hard drive space, networking and more. It’s straight forward and easy to do if you’ve created a VM before. First start by giving it a name and choose a different location to store it if you aren’t happy with the default.
Assign Memory – but one thing to keep in mind is it only lets you use a specific amount of RAM. If you try to put in to high of a value, you’ll see the following error.
Next select the Virtual Switch you created earlier from the dropdown.
Create a virtual hard disk, and choose a size for it. Here – I’m creating a 40GB drive. You can also use VHDs you’ve already created or attach one later.
Now select your installation method. You can use the host computer’s drive or an ISO image. For fastest results, I have been putting the ISO files on my local drive. There are a lot of errors to deal with while trying to grab it from a network location.
You’ll then get a summary screen which you can review and click Finish.
Time to install the OS on our VM. Here you can see the one I created is off. Right-click State and select Connect.
That brings up your VM – which is off. To power it on, just click the green Start button at the top.
The virtual machine starts and the installation of Windows kicks off. You can put on whatever OS you want, I just grabbed Windows 7 because it was handy.
I won’t go through the process of installing Windows 7 as we’ve covered it before and it’s a straight forward process.
But when it’s done installing, you have yourself a nice new VM on your Windows 8 machine.