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29Feb/120

Here it is; Windows 8 consumer preview

Well Microsoft promised us to release the Windows 8 Consumer preview in februari 2012, and they dit.... On the extra day...

So where do you get your copy?

x86; http://iso.esd.microsoft.com/WCPDL/BD1B8A49393E30CC9C4E5C88457D73E964F1F3B18/Windows8-ConsumerPreview-32bit-English.iso
x64; http://iso.esd.microsoft.com/WCPDL/BD1B8A49393E30CC9C4E5C88457D73E964F1F3B18/Windows8-ConsumerPreview-64bit-English.iso

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

More info on http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso

The Consumer Preview will have the following apps pre-installed;

  • Camera,
  • Messaging,
  • Mail,
  • Calendar,
  • SkyDrive,
  • People,
  • Photos,
  • Video and
  • Music

Also new in the Consumer Preview in addition to the Developer Preview (released on September 13, 2011) is the availability of the Windows Store. Microsoft has released several games for download from the Windows Store.

Using/testing Windows 8

You could install Windows 8 on your laptop or desktop computer but be aware that its still a Beta product and you might experience some bugs and problems. A quote from Microsoft;

Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

The best way of testing Win8 is to install it into a Virtual Machine. I made a short video tutorial on how you create a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation and install Windows 8 CP.

If you don't own a VMware Workstation license you can use VMware Player (free download: http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/).