Grab the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Grab the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Summary: Windows Server 8 beta also available for download.


Microsoft has made the Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download.

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Note: For those of you out there who are curious about such things, this is build 8250.

Here's the link if you want to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview onto a live machine. If you run this on your system it will start the Windows 8 install process!

Here's the link if you want to download a specific .ISO file (32-bit or 64-bit, numerous languages to choose from - English, simplified Chinese, French, German and Japanese).

    Here are direct links to the .ISO files:

    • 64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
    • 32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB) Sha1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
    • Also available is the Windows Server 8 beta - Download that from here.

    A quick reminder of the system requirements:

    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
    • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
    • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
    • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

    More details about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview here.

    Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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    • Grab the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

      Downloading it now! Will be the first at the office to have it installed.
      Loverock Davidson-
      • Installed and deleted

        What a waste of time. Ugly, confusing and utterly pointless. Heaven help MS. I'd rather switch to Linux than suffer through that mess.
    • Don't Use the ISO - Use the Web Installer - It's Fantastic!

      So many folks are posting links to the ISOs (like above link does) vs. downloading using the web installer (which is much faster, file is smaller and experience guides you through every step through upgrade)! - and click the button to 'Get It Now' for the full experience. My download took ~20 min!