[Advice] Noob question about VMs & Windows 8.1

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by sean70, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. sean70

    sean70 MDL Novice

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    #1 sean70, Oct 15, 2013
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    Hi,

    A quick question about VM's.

    If I fire up Windows 8.1 in a VM will it give me a true representation of my drivers used inside of it ? The reason I ask is I tried the RTM leak and couldn't get my keyboard working on my laptop at all, so I went back to Windows 8.

    Over the last week or so I have reinstalled windows 8 several times ( due to another unrelated issue) and and don't really want to be doing it again , until I make permanent the move to 8.1.

    What would be the best VM to use as well please and would I have any issues installing drivers inside a VM.

    Thanks.

    Edit : Here are my laptops specs if needed :

    Win 8 Core X64
    Intel i5 3230 mobile
    Intel 4000 HD mobile.
    8 Gig DDR3
     
  2. Tito

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  3. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Go for VMware workstation.

    Regarding drivers, devices the virtual machines see are not the actual hardware in the machine. So in short no worreis just install VM tools after installing VM....
     
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    sean70 MDL Novice

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    #4 sean70, Oct 16, 2013
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    Thanks that looks like what I am after as it will definitely use my system drivers and allow me to work out fixing the keyboard issue without reinstalling.


    I did have a go with that before posting but got a blue screen , saying something like " I'm trying to install x64 on an x 86 machine". I think its down to my BIOS being locked for VT, "Securable" ( grc.com/securable.htm) says my laptop can support hardware virtualization.

    Would the tool kit and that functionality to Workstation ?

    Thanks for the answers appreciate it lots.:cool:
     
  5. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Enable VT from bios & if option is not there then look for update for your bios...
     
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    sean70 MDL Novice

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    No dice with either I'm afraid. My BIOS don't contain any option for VT and they are running the latest firmware. I think I have two updates to choose from on the Acer driver website. Oh the joys of cheap laptops and crappy updates. It was the cheapest i5 laptop available and I went for it.

    VHD is it then :biggrin:

    Thanks.
     
  7. ZaForD

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    If you take Tito's advice you don't need VT extensions.
    I have Windows 7 Ent, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pre all installed and running (badly ;)) on an old Acer One in VHD's
    I don't think the original Atom CPU's had any VT extensions.