Few months back Microsoft launched Windows 8 Developer Preview. Majority of people try to install beta or pre-launch versions on virtual machines. So did I, but there were lot of issues in installing Windows 8 Developer Preview and I posted a solution at https://mjawaid.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/windows-8-installation-error-hal_initialization_failed/.
On Feb 29 2012, Microsoft launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview. And again I tried to install it on a virtual machine and this time no errors :) . While I was expecting some issues as there were issues before and this time Microsoft mentioned that installing on virtual machine could have problems so install on real system. But fortunately all things went fine and it seems Microsoft has improved a lot in this latest version. As I wasn’t really impressed with the developer preview, but consumer preview seems to be better.
I installed consumer preview using VMWare Player 4.0.2 build-591240 on a 64 bit machine. And I downloaded the 64-bit version of consumer preview. I am not sure if people trying on 32-bit are having issues. But I will try to install it on my home laptop. See how that goes?