First off I've configured the VM with 2Gb memory, 4 processors, and a 10gb Hard Drive (it's not like I'm going to be doing any serious amount of work on it). I'm using VMware Fusion 4.1.2 (683185) which I'm pretty certain is the latest version.
The base machine is a Mac BookPro running version Lion 10.7.3 with a 2.2GHz Intel i7 with 8GB of RAM. More than adequate for the task!
The first step was to download the ISO image from Microsoft's MSDN website. I'm going to use the 32-bit version (as the 64-bit version doesn't seem to work in Fusion - see here). I'm not using the public images, I'm using the ones from the MSDN website. Are they the same? No idea. The name of the file is;
If that helps, I'm going to connect the DVD drive in VMware Fusion to the image (rather than burning a CD, I imagine this is what everyone does ... but just in case).
When you first boot up you are presented with the following screen;
|Windows 8 Release Candidate - Windows Setup Screen|
|Windows 8 release Candidate - Windows Setup/ Install Now|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Product Key|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - License Terms|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Installation Type|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Where do you want to install Windows?|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Installing Windows|
After the machine has restarted and then you'll be presented with the following screen;
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Personlize|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Settings|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Sign in to your PC|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Set up a Microsoft Account|
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Enter your Microsoft Account Password|
Then you're presented with your new "Start" screen;
|Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Start Screen|
NOTE: I now installed VMware Tools (the Windows 7 version) and it all worked perfectly including with Unity desktop. The whole process of doing the install took around 30 minutes which would have been a lot quicker if I'd not had to grab all these screen shots!