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Part 8. MS Windows 8 installation under Oracle VirtualBox

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I prepared all the materials for this part more than two months ago. It will be an easy part. Firstly, we have to install MS Windows 8 on VirtualBox. Secondly, we will install Oracle Client 11g software and configure everything to connect to our Oracle Database 11gR2 we run on Solaris 11.1. Please note, MS Windows 8 is not supported by Oracle Client in this version yet, although, it's only more interesting to see how it works. All in all, we're not setting production environment, where all the components have to be certified and supported, but we are experimenting for fun.

 

At the very beginning of MS Windows 8 installation there was a strange error, which prevented me from further installation. This was related to the BIOS setting that has to be applied on physical machine before actual installation of MS Windows 8 in VirtualBox (but also on other virualization hypervisors, like VMWare).

 

Error during MS Windows 8 installation on Oracle VirtualBox

 

I've found the great explanation here.

We need to enable: No-Execute Memory Protection option in the BIOS setup of the host. The only problem was I didn't have exactly this option in the setup of my physical machine at the time – it has MSI motherboard and the option had a different name. However, one should look for No-Execute Memory Protection or something similar and enable it.

 

BIOS setting to avoid MS Windows 8 error during installation

 

MS Windows 8 installation is very simple and straightforward, so we will not go into the details here. If someone is really interested in other articles on the matter, I can recommend, for example, this one.

Before we begin with the installation of VirtualBox, we have to create a virtual machine first. We have to remember, that we will have to install Oracle Client 11gR2 there also, as well as MS Office 2010 and – maybe – LibreOffice, too. Therefore, we have to set appropriate values for all important virtual resources. In my case these are:

 

Virtual Machine parameters for MS Windows 8

 

Then, we can mount the ISO image with the MS Windows 8 installation in our virtual DVD-ROM and go on with the setup process.


MS Windows 8 setup, step 1

MS Windows 8 setup, step 2

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 3

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 4

 

In this step we have to select "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)" for fresh installation. It's logical as we are not going to upgrade anything.

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 5

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 6

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 7

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 8

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 9

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 10

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 11

 

Here, we have to provide some additional information to help make our MS account more secure and allow easier recovery.

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 12

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 14

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 15

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 16

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 17

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 18

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 19

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 20

 

What a strange menu! Some clicks here and there to check what we can do:

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 21

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 22a

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 22b

 

And finally, let's go to the desktop – no Start menu? Horrible feature, but we will not install any third party component.

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 23a

 

Let's check MS Internet Explorer 10 here:

 

MS Windows 8 setup, step 23b

 

Ok. Now we can go with Oracle Client 11gR2 installation – see part 9.

 

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