Windows 8 Consumer Preview (or Beta version, as we know it) is finally here. Earlier, Microsoft released the Developer Preview Edition of Windows 8 which was available to download publicily. This time they have fixed thousands of issues and release the new edition which surely has a lot less bugs.
Before downloading the new release, keep this in mind that this is still a beta version that might have some issues or bugs. Your system will work fine but some applications might create conflicts or won’t support normal execution at all.
If you’re not sure whether this will work on your existing system then let us give you the good news – it works on all systems that have, minimum of:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (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
Take a look at the features of Windows 8 in the official video:
You can download the setup in two ways:
1. Get the normal setup installer that will guide you with the upgrade on your exiting Windows installation.
2. Download the ISO file (links given below) which you can burn in a flash drive or DVD to do a fresh install, removing the existing Windows installation.
To create the bootable flash drive or DVD, read: 10 Free Tools To Mount ISO Files in Virtual Drives
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and currently supports the English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese languages only.
Here are the Direct Download Links:
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview (32-bit) [filesize: 2.5 GB ]
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview (64-bit) [filesize: 3.3 GB]