The last one week has been hectic with Microsoft releasing the “Windows 8 Customer Preview” which is like a BETA version. Earlier, it released the developer version which got good response and it made clear to the consumers that it’s ready now for testing. In the recent version about 10,000 bugs were fixed that appeared in the developer version which were pointed out by it’s testers.
If you’re interested in downloading the consumer preview version of Windows 8, you can download it from the below link. (official link of Microsoft)
If the download speed is low from the above link, you can download it from torrents. My favourite site is http://www.thepiratebay.se which has very much all the torrents for recent windows software and earlier Windows 7/Vista/XP versions.
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For users already testing the Windows 8 Developer preview, it’s best to use the migrate option ( keep only personal files) to install the Windows 8 Consumer preview. But take a note that there is no rollback after an upgrade installation. It’s advisable that you install this VERSION on a separate partition in addition to the existing OS you have. It’s also strongly recommended to perform a system backup before you do an upgrade, migrate or clean install of Windows 8 Consumer preview.
Also, note the following information from “Tomshardware” website.
Also note that the final release of Windows 8 will not support upgrading from any prior Windows 8 “Preview” release, though the migrate option will still be supported. In any upgrade scenario, you can run the Disk Cleanup Wizard to remove the previous installation in order to free up disk space. The download will also support boot from USB for a completely clean installation as well.
What are Windows 8 System requirements ?
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
One new element to Windows 8 is the requirement that Metro style applications have a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature. If you attempt to launch a Metro style app with less than this resolution (e.g. 800×600, 1024×600) you will receive an error message.
The below are some of the tablet or touch-intuitive devices tested by a website, where the Windows 8 Consumer preview seems to be worked without any faults.
- HP Elitebook 2760p convertible (Note: This PC is 1280×800 and so does not support snap.)
- ASUS EP121 tablet (Note: his PC is 1280×800 and so does not support snap.)
- Dell Inspiron Duo convertible
- Lenovo x220t convertible
- 3M M2256PW 22” display (Note: The raised bezel can make it harder to swipe along the edges)
- Samsung Series 7 slate (Note: This PC has two models, one was provided to attendees at //build/ and the other is a commercial release; the latter has slightly different peripherals and firmware.)