Windows 8 Installation Stuck at Getting Devices Ready
During Windows 8 installation some installs stuck at Getting Devices Ready because of misconfigured processor support for PAE/NX/SSE2.
CPU support for PAE/NX/SSE2 is a requirement for Windows 8 installation.
If your CPU does not support or misconfigured Windows 8 setup will fail at Getting Devices Ready step.
Users whose to Windows 8 installation stopped progress at "Getting Devices Ready" can read my notes that I've written for installing Windows 8 on 64-bit virtual machine.
The most important setting is to enable PAE/NX which will let you to install 64-bit Windows 8 operating system on your virtual machine.
Enhanced Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit (EVP/ED) should be also configured for a successfull setup process for failing Windows 8 installations.
Please feel free to read the official Microsoft document for PAE/NX/SSE2 Support Requirement Guide for Windows 8