View Full Version : Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview made available for download

01-03-2012, 07:24 PM
Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview was launched today at 12.30pm GMT, opening the gates to users who want to try the desktop edition of the company's upcoming upgrade.
The Consumer Preview - Microsoft has avoided the word "beta" to describe the build - appeared on the company's website while executives were on stage in Barcelona, Spain to tout the new operating system's features.
users can download a 5MB setup file or retrieve a disk image file in .iso format that must then be "burned" on to physical media to create a bootable installation DVD or flash drive.
The .iso files range in size from 2.5GB for the 32-bit edition to 3.3GB for the 64-bit version. Microsoft has made disk images available for English, Chinese, French, German and Japanese languages.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview can be installed as an upgrade for the developer's preview that Microsoft shipped last September, and for Windows 7, Vista and even the decade-old Windows XP. While an upgrade from Windows 7 keeps all programs, settings, data files and user accounts intact, only the latter two are preserved from the earlier Windows 8 preview or XP.

When users run Windows 8 Consumer Preview setup, it verifies that the PC is capable of running the build, then begins downloading the actual upgrade: The time necessary for the second step depends on the speed of the connection to the Internet.
Those download packages are considerably smaller than the disk images, weighing in at 1.5GB for the 32-bit edition and 1.9GB for the 64-bit.

Microsoft has not set a ship date for Windows 8, but most analysts expect that it will be ready in time for computer makers to prepare systems for sale during the 2012 holiday season.
The Consumer Preview setup (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download) can be downloaded from Microsoft's website, while the .iso images can be found here (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso).
Most users will install Windows 8 Consumer Preview after running a setup file that checks the PC for compatibility, then downloads the new OS.

01-03-2012, 09:23 PM
No doubt if you download this version, which is really volunteering to be a guinea pig, you will have a sod of a job removing it if you don't like it?
Then when they release the full version, you won't even be able to get a cheaper copy, after helping them out!
That's exactly what they did with Vista.
Win 8 looks like a console homepage to me and as I haven't got a touchscreen monitor, they can keep it!

01-03-2012, 10:14 PM
Think i'd like to test this for them lol

10-04-2012, 12:20 PM
I have some problem for downloading the Microsoft Windows 8.Can you provide me the link where we can find the original source of windows 8?

10-04-2012, 01:45 PM
I have some problem for downloading the Microsoft Windows 8.Can you provide me the link where we can find the original source of windows 8?

Nothing wrong with the original source.


10-04-2012, 08:39 PM
i dont like it, i just dont. sticking with win7

Now i know i'm old. I used to be an 'early adopter' but now 'if it works stick with it'

15-04-2012, 01:27 PM
Tried windows 8 a few weeks ago and used it for a week and couldnt wait to get it off my pc..should be ok for touch screen pcs but this definitely wasnt for me so thats my rant oh and why they got rid of the start icon is beyond me.

Ryan Anthony
15-04-2012, 08:50 PM
Sadly it looks heavily designed towards touch screens... What's wrong with old school PC action?