I know that may sound techie (and I suppose it is for those who don’t play with such stuff) but it was really kind of easy. I found a site with a free virtual machine manager (Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager) which I downloaded and installed. Then I downloaded the Windows 8 beta iso from Microsoft (which is also free) and using the VM manager created a virtual drive on the hard drive and then loaded Windows. This was made really easy by install instructions I found on the web that showed me which switches to flip on or off before creating the virtual drive, otherwise Windows would not have loaded correctly.
The only challenge I had was that after I installed the VirtualBox software I could not access the computer using remote desktop. I had to go into the firewall and enable remote access (don’t know why this happened but I know that installing the Oracle software initiated the problem. Once the firewall settings were fixed I was able to access the computer remotely and thus play with my new install of Windows. I will post more info as I play with it.