I don’t have a spare 64bit machine to dedicate to this preview, so the obvious thought was to just create a virtual machine. Well, apparently the only version of VMWare Workstation that is compatible is V.8 which was just released today. Same result in VMWare Player 2.5.x. Supposedly, Windows 8 requires ACPI 2.0 which previous version of VMWare Workstation do not have. I tried the 64bit and 32bit ISO’s. Ultimately, I installed VirtualBox and successfully installed Windows 8 Developer Preview as a VM.
Immediate first impressions: it’s glossy and freshened up a bit in areas, but it’s not a major rework. We’ll see how things go.