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Instant VMware Player for Virtualization by Kevin L. Sapp

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Running Windows 8 virtual machine (Simple)

The previous recipes have discussed how to install Windows 8 in VMware, and now we are going to cover how to get Windows 8 running inside VMware Player. As you may have guessed, when running the Windows 8 operating system on a virtual device, you still have to purchase and provide Microsoft with a valid license key to fully activate your system before the usual 30 day trial period expires.

Getting ready

You will need the Windows 8 product key before starting this recipe.

How to do it...

Let's go ahead and enter the serial key to activate the full version of Windows 8:

  1. In the bottom-left corner, click on the tile that says Desktop, this will bring you to the Windows 8 Desktop.

    Note

    You will notice that at the ...

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