Reminder: Windows 8 Consumer Preview available later today [Update]

Today is the day and besides being a day that occurs once every four years, Microsoft will also unleash the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The download is expected to go live around 9 AM EST and we highly expect the severs to get slammed with traffic; if you're not sure what time this is in your location check this handy time zone converter.

There are a lot of new features to look forward to in the Consumer Preview including the new start screen, the appification of the Windows platform, deep Skydrive integration, and much much more.

While we do not have any specifics, we have heard that the download size for the X64 build is a little over 3 GB in size, which is quite a bit larger than Windows 95 which weighed in at 19 megabytes.

It’s time to free up some hardrive space, install your favorite VM software or make the bold decision to go all in and use the CP as your primary desktop. Whatever your decision is, you have about 24 hours to make it.

Windows 8 is a bold shift from Windows 7 and represents Microsoft’s new direction. After tomorrow, consumers will get their first look since the Developer Preview at how the OS is progressing and how the new interface works in real world use. Count us excited as tomorrow we get to crack open Microsoft’s hard work and put the new OS to the test.

Update: Neowin member ffMathy has pointed out in our forums that Microsoft has revealed at least one download location for the Consumer Preview in a public TechNet email. More links will be known later when it's scheduled to go live in a little over 5 hours.

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looks like neowin forums are melted getting "[#2001] Sorry, the server is too busy to handle your request, please try again in a moment". though its microsoft who will melt

J_R_G said,

What's ESD? A VM image? Can it be extracted and installed, or?

I've been looking around to try to find out and this is what I've found so far.

esd = update from existing windows installation

I got "sick" at work and I came back home to be ready. Hopefully nobody reads this topic at the office :3

The truth is that i got sick, anyway.

I've to find something to kill time meanwhile...hmm...

Rafyelzz said,
I got "sick" at work and I came back home to be ready. Hopefully nobody reads this topic at the office :3

The truth is that i got sick, anyway.

I've to find something to kill time meanwhile...hmm...

Rafa, estás despedido.

Fdo: tu jefe

Es broma jaja

Ads88 said,

Rafa, estás despedido.

Fdo: tu jefe

Es broma jaja

WTF :DD Thanks God that I'm working in Budapest, and none of my bosses speak Spanish haha. Good one dude!

Is this likely to work in Virtual PC, or will it be like the other Windows 8 version released and give you the big FOff when trying to load it in VPC?

is so jealous of all the people here with blazing fast internet connections!!!

by the time i download CP everybody here will have had played with it for hours

Zain Adeel said,
is so jealous of all the people here with blazing fast internet connections!!!

by the time i download CP everybody here will have had played with it for hours

Mate, you've waited for it for days, weeks...!! Can't you wait a couple of hours?

Ads88 said,

Mate, you've waited for it for days, weeks...!! Can't you wait a couple of hours?

yea did you hear the latest? it might come out later in the evening.. so.. maybe we will have to wait more than 2 hours.

Rafyelzz said,
This is one of those days i'm specially proud of having 40Mb of download.

50mb over here! But i'll be good and also use it to feed the seed of the torrent in ThePirateBay!

Rafyelzz said,
This is one of those days i'm specially proud of having 40Mb of download.

imagine you internet connection goes down after 2 hours

Ads88 said,

50mb over here! But i'll be good and also use it to feed the seed of the torrent in ThePirateBay!

You think it's better to download with torrent than from Microsoft? (totally honest question, no experience in rush downloads at all)

Rafyelzz said,

You think it's better to download with torrent than from Microsoft? (totally honest question, no experience in rush downloads at all)


Most likely torrents will be faster, as the sharing increases the overall bandwidth a lot when there are many peers to connect to.

Oh, great day!!

Never thought it would get here!
{/sarcasm}

Like I give a rats a**!!
Big freaking deal!

The days of a new OS, whether Windows or what ever, are way behind me!!

Frankly,
I'm looking more forward to the new LTS release of Xubuntu, and I'm NOT particularly a Ubuntu fan, than Windows!!

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
Will the Win 8 CP install fine on Virtual PC or VirtualBox? I have both.

i think you can on virtual pc if you have the latest just wait until you download it and try it if non works try vmware player

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
Will the Win 8 CP install fine on Virtual PC or VirtualBox? I have both.

It is my understanding it won't work in Virtual PC. Will work in VMWare and VirtualBox though

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
Will the Win 8 CP install fine on Virtual PC or VirtualBox? I have both.

The latest version of VirtualBox now has a preset for Windows 8.

I would be nice if you guys would start posting a time with the updates.... now it just says.. just 5 more hours.. but when was this update posted? i dont know how long it will be before the wcp will arive

Johrie said,
I would be nice if you guys would start posting a time with the updates.... now it just says.. just 5 more hours.. but when was this update posted? i dont know how long it will be before the wcp will arive

It can happen at any time in 3 hours now. It means it's 12 in Spain so at 15:00 here, or +3h wherever you are because it's at that time when the "showcase" starts.

Ads88 said,

It can happen at any time in 3 hours now. It means it's 12 in Spain so at 15:00 here, or +3h wherever you are because it's at that time when the "showcase" starts.

A thank you! its 12 here to so i will be having a close eye at 15:00 here

4 hours to go!!!!!! o man!! i just purchased a DVD-R!! ALL SET!.. data ready.. drive ready.. just need the ISO... i wasnt this excited in ages!

Zain Adeel said,
4 hours to go!!!!!! o man!! i just purchased a DVD-R!! ALL SET!.. data ready.. drive ready.. just need the ISO... i wasnt this excited in ages!

You wont like to know that very likely your PC can get WIN8 from an USB installation xD

Ads88 said,

You wont like to know that very likely your PC can get WIN8 from an USB installation xD

nahhh man i tried it when DP came out.. it didnt work.. i dont have my 8gb with me. just 4gb and it gives error on it at 99% using the Microsoft tool. can you help me if im doing something wrong? it will be great if i can do it on my USB.

Shaun said,

It's not really a download link until its a download link. You are expecting it to show up on that page. It could show up on multiple pages, Doesn't mean that page will be the first to update and show the download link.

That's a nice add. Good point. Although I never stated anything differently.

ffMathy said,

That's a nice add. Good point. Although I never stated anything differently.

Title of the thread says "Download link revealed" so it's Kinda wrong

Shaun said,

Title of the thread says "Download link revealed" so it's Kinda wrong

How is it wrong? Just because the link is not up yet.

used microsoft products since day one many years ago, never ever had any issues with any of the software and always been happy. I never unerstood over the years why ppl hate MS so much, do you instlla the software on utter crap systems then compalin its microsofts fault????. I have pruchased one apple product an Ipod touch 4G. it was good for the music but now that i have wp7 the ipod sits in my work vehicle and never gets used.

Windows 8 is just the next step in the evolution of windows, dont hate it.
If you dont like it there are many other options that will make you happy, you can go for the ipad3 in a month or so.

Does anyone know if you can do an upgrade installation from W7 to the W8 CP? I'd hate to have to format and re-install everything, what a pain. I can't remember if you could upgrade from Vista to W7 Beta.

Nick Kessler said,
Does anyone know if you can do an upgrade installation from W7 to the W8 CP? I'd hate to have to format and re-install everything, what a pain. I can't remember if you could upgrade from Vista to W7 Beta.

*Probably*, but I'd recommend just backing up and doing a clean install anyways. I personally am going to clean install the CP over the DP, and then go through the RCs as non-clean installs and then finally the RTM as a clean install

They really should push many of the new features coming with win8 to WIn7 on a SP2 release. I just can't justify going to Win8 even when its official after Win7 works flawless for me.

sava700 said,
They really should push many of the new features coming with win8 to WIn7 on a SP2 release. I just can't justify going to Win8 even when its official after Win7 works flawless for me.

I am very interested in SP2 for Windows 7 beside compatibility fixes and security fixes also native support for USB3. Also i believe IE10 and DX11.1 is coming for Windows 7, two must have things of course not as part of SP2 but standalone download. Also i wonder if Windows 7 will support new file system MS is planning to release for Windows 8 Server. If MS pushes it to client i believe Windows 7 should get it too. We shall see.

sava700 said,
They really should push many of the new features coming with win8 to WIn7 on a SP2 release. I just can't justify going to Win8 even when its official after Win7 works flawless for me.

yes, because that makes a lot of sense when looking at it from a business standpoint...good thinking there

sava700 said,
They really should push many of the new features coming with win8 to WIn7 on a SP2 release. I just can't justify going to Win8 even when its official after Win7 works flawless for me.

So, Microsoft should do a major rewrite of Windows 7 with Service Pack 2 to incorporate most of the features from Windows 8?

That's was the same comment made by XP Fanboys when Vista came out, backport most of the technologies in Vista so we can carry on using our outdated OS.

Days of mind numbingly boring screens of Metro, endless complaints about hardware drivers not working, squeals of peoples favorite software not behaving correctly. I can hardly wait.

scaramonga said,
Days of mind numbingly boring screens of Metro, endless complaints about hardware drivers not working, squeals of peoples favorite software not behaving correctly. I can hardly wait.

Same driver model

scaramonga said,
Days of mind numbingly boring screens of Metro, endless complaints about hardware drivers not working, squeals of peoples favorite software not behaving correctly. I can hardly wait.

And other than software (mostly games - but darn few of those) using OS-isms in their code, I haven't had ANY compatibility issues with software.

Lord Venom said,
I'm going to upgrade from Windows 7 when the CP's out.

Nooo.... don't "upgrade". You'll end up with the spawn of satan. Clean install instead.

My two computers are a traditional laptop and desktop with a large majority of my computer use involving data entry. I see little that Windows-8 offers over and above Windows-7--most especially in the user interaction segment. I'll stay with Windows-7.

Windows 95 was a wee bit larger than 19MB - it was distributed on DMF (a special disk format where the file system could store 1.68 MB instead of the typical 1.44 MB) floppies, and there were 38 of them in the full original distribution (retail box) so it's considerably larger than 19MB.

I actually bought that when it came out, and I used that one single original set of 38 floppies to install Windows 95 probably 200+ times from the same exact set of floppies - considering how many different machines I used those floppies with, each one with a floppy drive that was probably dirty and the heads were most likely misaligned and actually damaging MY floppies in the process too.

Even so, I have to say it was pretty amazing that one single set of floppies did that much work and lasted that long. I eventually made a few duplicates using a special DMF formatting utility I had to buy before the original set gave up the ghost.

We've come a long long way since...

br0adband said,
Windows 95 was a wee bit larger than 19MB - it was distributed on DMF (a special disk format where the file system could store 1.68 MB instead of the typical 1.44 MB) floppies, and there were 38 of them in the full original distribution (retail box) so it's considerably larger than 19MB.

I actually bought that when it came out, and I used that one single original set of 38 floppies to install Windows 95 probably 200+ times from the same exact set of floppies - considering how many different machines I used those floppies with, each one with a floppy drive that was probably dirty and the heads were most likely misaligned and actually damaging MY floppies in the process too.

Even so, I have to say it was pretty amazing that one single set of floppies did that much work and lasted that long. I eventually made a few duplicates using a special DMF formatting utility I had to buy before the original set gave up the ghost.

We've come a long long way since...

The Win95 floppy install I did had only 13 disks...

x-byte said,
The Win95 floppy install I did had only 13 disks...

Yep. I'm not sure where he got 38 disks from. That sounds more like OS/2 or NT. Even if you had the non-DMF disk version (yes, there was one because some drives had problems reading DMF), it was only about 18 disks, IIRC. Even the OSR2 version of 95 only came on 28 disks.

So the linux day finally arrived !

PS.
Please Neowin ! Don't delete my post just because you because you didn't liked it like you done with my previous one. It's a joke.

mantragora said,
So the linux day finally arrived !

PS.
Please Neowin ! Don't delete my post just because you because you didn't liked it like you done with my previous one. It's a joke.

Linux didn't get any appreciable benefit from Vista's negative rep on the web, it's highly unlikely Windows 8 will be perceived any worse.

J_R_G said,

Linux didn't get any appreciable benefit from Vista's negative rep on the web, it's highly unlikely Windows 8 will be perceived any worse.

It's not 2006 anymore. iPhones and iPads and Androids sells like hot cakes. WP7 still didn't proved that it can pull off. VFX industry seats on Linux. There are programs already that shows first on Linux and then after even one year are ported to Windows. Possibilities for Windows are shrinking each day.

While I like Windows 7 they better show something amazingly good with Windows 8 or it Windows 7 will be last Windows version that got so many users on board.

mantragora said,

It's not 2006 anymore. iPhones and iPads and Androids sells like hot cakes. WP7 still didn't proved that it can pull off. VFX industry seats on Linux. There are programs already that shows first on Linux and then after even one year are ported to Windows. Possibilities for Windows are shrinking each day.

While I like Windows 7 they better show something amazingly good with Windows 8 or it Windows 7 will be last Windows version that got so many users on board.

Linux found its place in Mobile and i am very excited to install Ubuntu on my $300 laptop soon. I think Linux is perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, tablets and phones.

techguy77 said,

Linux found its place in Mobile and i am very excited to install Ubuntu on my $300 laptop soon. I think Linux is perfect solution for netbooks, laptops, tablets and phones.

My understanding is that Android is completely independent fork only partially based on linux. Its kernel is not the same like you can find in Ubuntu, OpenSuse etc. Thats why you can't compile linux programs for Android. You have to rewrite them. It's not just about different GUI. I could be wrong, but if not that means that Android is not a Linux and linux still didn't found its place anywhere beside servers. Titzen(or whatever it is called) is mobile linux version. Will it succeed is unknown.

As for Ubuntu, this is not the best distro if you really want linux. Pick OpenSuse, Fedora, CentOS. Especially OpenSuse for Windows users is good option. I don't like KDE version but Gnome is nice and it always gets the best support for MONO, so if you are into C#, ASP.NET it's the way to go. OpenSuse is also more polished and stable than Ubuntu.

xpclient said,
Windows 8 Beta is here and Windows XP still dominates. Microsoft, take a clue.

That is pretty amazing to me considering that between Windows 8 Beta and Windows XP is Windows Vista and Windows 7. I believe the reason for this is DX10/11 fiasco and the fact that MS pushing XBOX vs PC as gaming platform slowed down PC side of the story. Developers write games for crappy console and then they port it. Still we have lot of exclusive PC titles which also later gets ported to Consoles. Due Console hardware limitations PC is there to suffer and i greatly blame MS because ultimately that caused the situation where Windows XP is still dominant after so many years and two major Windows released by now.
Of course that is part of the reason and second part is that no matter how good Windows 7 is still didn't show anything exciting over Windows XP therefore Windows 8 is MS attempt to fix all that. They need to release new Console instead of milking money from XBOX 360 so hardware specs gets pushed in order for PC to benefit from it and push some sales which will ultimately favor Windows 7, Windows 8. People do not realize that you can run x79 and AMD 7000 series video card on Windows XP and have good gaming and performance.

xpclient said,
Windows 8 Beta is here and Windows XP still dominates. Microsoft, take a clue.

Yeah... if you're in China. Windows 7 superseded XP months ago in the rest of the world.

xpclient said,

Not according to Net Applications, Microsoft's own measurement yardstick for market/usage share which they often cite: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...px?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0

In the USA: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...amp;qpaf=-000%09101%09US%0D

Windows 7: 40%
Windows XP: 29%

In the UK: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...amp;qpaf=-000%09101%09UK%0D

Windows 7: 42%
Windows XP: 28%


The only ones still using XP is China: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...amp;qpaf=-000%09101%09CN%0D

There's where all the XPs went. Seriously, the world has moved on from XP.

Dot Matrix said,

In the USA: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...amp;qpaf=-000%09101%09US%0D

Windows 7: 40%
Windows XP: 29%

In the UK: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...amp;qpaf=-000%09101%09UK%0D

Windows 7: 42%
Windows XP: 28%


The only ones still using XP is China: http://www.netmarketshare.com/...amp;qpaf=-000%09101%09CN%0D

There's where all the XPs went. Seriously, the world has moved on from XP.

There is more to the world than just USA, UK or China. USA is just one country in the global market share and certainly other countries would matter to Microsoft, not just a select few right? Which is why the global market share of XP is still higher.

xpclient said,

There is more to the world than just USA, UK or China. USA is just one country in the global market share and certainly other countries would matter to Microsoft, not just a select few right? Which is why the global market share of XP is still higher.


It's true that you can conjure up any statistic you like to support your own argument

dafin0 said,
the Consumer Preview is the one you want. the dev version has been out for a month or two


The Developer Preview has been out since September but the build date for it was in july i think of last year

dafin0 said,
i really want to get one but ill wait for the ivy bridge version

I'd wait too, if I didn't need something right now. I'm selling my MacBook Pro (my only portable computer). Ivy Bridge will only make it better!

I'm backing up all my stuff now
I'm going to wake up at about 5:00 (Pacific) and wait for a leak of the link.
oh btw, I'd watch the links on bing.com/?win8start=1 ... they seem to be pointing to real pages now, tho they are pages we've already seen.

Matthew_Thepc said,
I'm backing up all my stuff now
I'm going to wake up at about 5:00 (Pacific) and wait for a leak of the link.
oh btw, I'd watch the links on bing.com/?win8start=1 ... they seem to be pointing to real pages now, tho they are pages we've already seen.

I'd also check here primarily on a regular basis tomorrow: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview

It currently lists the DP, but I imagine they'll use the same page for the CP stuff.

Am I the only one who thinks windows 8 currently looks like a cobbled together pile of incoherent designs??

Ony said,
Am I the only one who thinks windows 8 currently looks like a cobbled together pile of incoherent designs??

Nope. But then again it's still in development.

Ony said,
Am I the only one who thinks windows 8 currently looks like a cobbled together pile of incoherent designs??

Not the only one, but you're in the minority from what I've seen.

When you're using Windows 8 how it's meant to be used (ie. with all metro apps), there's no "cobbled together"-ness to be seen. You'll see an every decreasing amount of switching between the classic desktop and metro until all the apps you use are metro-ified.

Of course, there are always going to be some people who's apps will never be in metro, because it's not suited for them. Things like web development tools, photo editing, complex video work, etc. However most of those people will have a dual monitor setup, which Windows 8 handles perfectly out of the box. Classic desktop on one screen, Metro interface and apps on the other. Or switch to both screens on classic desktop easily.

Ony said,
Am I the only one who thinks windows 8 currently looks like a cobbled together pile of incoherent designs??

Nope, I think it looks disgusting for a Desktop.

Ricky65 said,
"The download is expected to go live around 9 AM EST". I expect the flame wars to begin a few minutes later!

The showcase starts at 15:00 time of Barcelona (because it'll happen in the MWC) so check what time will be in your place. Give it 1/2 of delay, intro and so on, and there you have it!

Win 8 has the same driver compatibility as Win 7, right? I just want to confirm that if I use WCP as the main OS on my laptop and pc, I won't face any driver issues.

s3n4te said,
Can I install this on my IPAD 2?

No, this is for x86 processors, not ARM. I doubt the ARM version of Windows 8 would run on the iPad anyway.

McKay said,

No, this is for x86 processors, not ARM. I doubt the ARM version of Windows 8 would run on the iPad anyway.


hmm, I was hoping they'd release the ARM beta too
Also, to the OP, you could remote it

Ready to replace WDP. It's been the primary OS on my laptop since it was released. It blows 7 away in speed so much that it's literally not funny. I mean I booted into 7 on accident a few days ago and it took minutes before it was usable. Win8 is usable in seconds. I hope it stays that way.

htcz said,
Strange it hasnt been leaked less than 24 hours away....

Delay?

It confirms my theory that all leaking in the past was done by MS by itself. For some reason they are keeping it secret now Must be a surprise. How possibly PirateBay or any other site would get a copy of Windows if MS Security System wasn't breach prior releasing to public which leads to conclusion that only MS itself could leak it.

techguy77 said,

It confirms my theory that all leaking in the past was done by MS by itself. For some reason they are keeping it secret now Must be a surprise. How possibly PirateBay or any other site would get a copy of Windows if MS Security System wasn't breach prior releasing to public which leads to conclusion that only MS itself could leak it.

... No.

It just confirms, as the people who have leaked the builds themselves have commented, that Microsoft have become MUCH harder on cracking down on leaking builds and plugging them.

~Johnny said,

... No.

It just confirms, as the people who have leaked the builds themselves have commented, that Microsoft have become MUCH harder on cracking down on leaking builds and plugging them.

So People who were actually leaking it were Microsoft Employees

techguy77 said,

So People who were actually leaking it were Microsoft Employees

No, most of the leaks have come from Microsoft hardware partners.

techguy77 said,

So People who were actually leaking it were Microsoft Employees


What I think he's trying to say is that Microsoft's being a lot better at finding out where the leaks are coming from (aka they're possibly putting in like little codes or something into each ISO that differs from tester to tester so they can determine where a leaked build came from) than the Win7/etc. days

I'm gonna go balls deep and install it over my Win7 installation, ooh I hope that the mail client and the messenger client are enabled in this.

McKay said,
I'm gonna go balls deep and install it over my Win7 installation, ooh I hope that the mail client and the messenger client are enabled in this.

They are apparently included in the build. If not it's confirmed they'll be downloadable

devHead said,
Yeah, I'm gonna run this as a dual-boot with my Windows 7 install. See how it goes!

same here. I wont upgrade W7 because I am afraid of 'not liking' W8 but I will install it on a partition of 50GB and if I like it, I might use it as main OS

not really sure why folks here like about windows 8 ... its not getting my excitement like the development of win 7 before .. on the other hand is 8250 the CP build ?

Shayla said,
not really sure why folks here like about windows 8 ... its not getting my excitement like the development of win 7 before .. on the other hand is 8250 the CP build ?

Maybe because the press and sites like this have only covered Metro and the dog attention span stuff.

With Vista the press did this too, and it was about the 'glass' and didn't tell people what the technology under the hood was and why it was a revolutionary change in OS technology. (Things that are still never mentioned and things Linux and OS X will probably never be able to do without a complete OS model/kernel change and ground up rewrite.)

With Windows 7 the press didn't have too many 'shiny' things to distract them, so they talked performance, and features, and even went back over stuff that was new in Vista, but people thought it was new in Windows 7.

Windows 8 has a lot of non-Metro/Touch/ARM stuff, and a lot of under the hood changes that expand on the ground work technologies of Vista/Win7. Win8 will be more responsive graphically, faster in every way, have a lot of new functionality, and be smarter about understanding you 'the user' and coordinating things for you.

However, getting the press to talk about them will be hard with the 'shiny' Metro aspect distracting them.

Well I started using Windows 7 since the beta version of it, got tired of Vista, W7 beta was more stable than vista was, I'm ready for the consumer preview, got vmware installed

That was the surprising part about Windows 7 RC version is that I started using it after I was so over Vista. I was so stoked that Windows 7 at the time found all my drivers with out me having to manually install them all.


LCallaghan84 said,
Well I started using Windows 7 since the beta version of it, got tired of Vista, W7 beta was more stable than vista was, I'm ready for the consumer preview, got vmware installed

No time to test this out until next week unfortunately, some of it looks interesting, not excited for it like I was Win 7 and Vista though.

I'm super excited. Windows 7 was more of a accidential find for me and i'm happy I did. I didn't follow Windows 7 and the upcoming talks like I have with Windows 8 back in Janurary of 2011. I'm not so much for the Metro as I am for the light and speed Explorer.exe and some others.


SPARTdAN said,
No time to test this out until next week unfortunately, some of it looks interesting, not excited for it like I was Win 7 and Vista though.

+1 MSDN subscriber. But I can guess they wanna do the launch without leaks.

Anyway, I think tomorrow I'll be sick, dunno if attend work or...

BTW I think the time is incorrect. 9AM EST? No way. I've heard the Microsoft conference is around afternoon in Spain GMT+1. Thats nearly night in EST

Rafyelzz said,
+1 MSDN subscriber. But I can guess they wanna do the launch without leaks.

Anyway, I think tomorrow I'll be sick, dunno if attend work or...

BTW I think the time is incorrect. 9AM EST? No way. I've heard the Microsoft conference is around afternoon in Spain GMT+1. Thats nearly night in EST

I don't the MSDN difference is about leaks, they have it ready and planned, why do a two stage roll out when they can just drop it to everyone when it is ready to go.

So instead of thinking the MSDN people got cheated, thing of it like the non-MSDN people got lucky and get it earlier.

They have a lot of redundancy servers around the world that offloads the bandwidth to localized regions, even in the US itself, so download speeds shouldn't be affected.

Can someone please tell me how I can Transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I know it will have bugs, but I want to get as aquainted to it as I can and I'm currently limited with technology. I only have an HP 2700 with a 250 GB 5400 RPM HDD; omg I sound cheap right now. LOL.

My idea was to install Windows 8 on a separate partition and then move all my files to Windows 8, then delete the partition for Windows 7 and combine that unallcollated space to Windows 8. The only fears I have is that that might mess up the MBR or the boot.ini configuration. The other fear I have is my wifi driver might now work right off the start of Windows 8 if I decided to wipe everything clean and install it fresh. I don't have a source to a hard line wire to gain access to the internet. Please any help would help.

Flippinwindows said,
Can someone please tell me how I can Transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I know it will have bugs, but I want to get as aquainted to it as I can and I'm currently limited with technology. I only have an HP 2700 with a 250 GB 5400 RPM HDD; omg I sound cheap right now. LOL.

My idea was to install Windows 8 on a separate partition and then move all my files to Windows 8, then delete the partition for Windows 7 and combine that unallcollated space to Windows 8. The only fears I have is that that might mess up the MBR or the boot.ini configuration. The other fear I have is my wifi driver might now work right off the start of Windows 8 if I decided to wipe everything clean and install it fresh. I don't have a source to a hard line wire to gain access to the internet. Please any help would help.

Your WiFi driver will most likely work fine. You'd be better off keeping all of your important files on a secondary partition at all times and hold just the operating system and program installations on the system partition.

I'm not sure if Windows 7 Detected the wifi driver and installed it on my Laptop. I'm just am going to have to find the wifi driver which I almost never have luck with even through the exact site....damn I just realized that I have my USB wifi adapter with the installation driver software. Also the only reason why I'm installing Windows 8 on this laptop is because Windows 7 which I love to death is a little to much for this laptop. I have a Asus G73SW with a Sata 3 SSD and I'm not used to the slow and stuttering speed of this computer. I know for a fact that there isn't alot of power need to run Windows 8 from what I tested last time with the Dev. Preview.


Skwerl said,

Your WiFi driver will most likely work fine. You'd be better off keeping all of your important files on a secondary partition at all times and hold just the operating system and program installations on the system partition.

Flippinwindows said,
I'm not sure if Windows 7 Detected the wifi driver and installed it on my Laptop. I'm just am going to have to find the wifi driver which I almost never have luck with even through the exact site....damn I just realized that I have my USB wifi adapter with the installation driver software. Also the only reason why I'm installing Windows 8 on this laptop is because Windows 7 which I love to death is a little to much for this laptop. I have a Asus G73SW with a Sata 3 SSD and I'm not used to the slow and stuttering speed of this computer. I know for a fact that there isn't alot of power need to run Windows 8 from what I tested last time with the Dev. Preview.


Since network is important on an install, be sure the driver you have is for the card/chipset, if not download one from the MFR.

As for performance, Windows 8 is good, but there is no reason Windows 7 should be sputtering on you, we literally run it on test, but in daily use systems that are 800mhz with 512mb of RAM, and it is faster than XP.

Things that can make Win7 sputter/slow is wrong HD controller drivers/settings, overkill malware protection software, stick to MSE on Win7 - Win8 it is built in. The 'Customer Experience' program can also be a performance issue if you have some wacky application that crashes.

You HD could also be a bit unstable or failing, so keep that in mind. Windows 7 will do 'whatever' it needs to keep 'repairing' the FS and compensating to keep running, even if the HD is flat out failing. The traditional HD Smart 'flags' of a failing drive seldom trigger properly when a drive is dying, especially with Windows 7, as it resets the controller on the fly when it detects a failed read/write, and the HD then assumes the loss of communication from the controller was the issue.

Good luck, and keep your data safe, and don't worry too much about it, you can always reinstall things.

If you have an external USB driver with room, I recommend you create an 'image' of your system, in addition to any backups. Use the Disk2Vhd utility from Microsoft/Sysinternals, it will create a copy of the drive that can be mounted at a later time, restored back to the system, and even used to fully boot inside a VM, like XPMode on Win7 or the new Hyper-V VM on Win8.

Probably will run it under a VM under OS X. Have to find out if it can be installed on the Bootcamp partition with a hack. I have been waiting for long for this release. With Mountain Lion, things will start to get pretty interesting. Hope they play nice with each other.

Backing up PC now and prepping for tomorrow. Can't wait! I've been using the DP since it launched with no little issues and love it. This will only get better.

I plan on making an Image of my Windows 7 install on my 17 inch HP laptop with an 80gig SSD drive and then install Windows 8 onto that. It will then be used as the Primary OS of that laptop which just lives next to me on the couch.

techguy77 said,
I wonder how many people will be stuck at desktop and not able to find start menu haha. This is gonna be funny.

What's funny is you banging on about the same nonsense over and over again. And by funny, I mean peculiar.

TCLN Ryster said,

What's funny is you banging on about the same nonsense over and over again. And by funny, I mean peculiar.

What's even funnier is that a guy who calls himself "techguy77" apparently knows very little about operating systems, etc. Seriously, have you read some of his nonsense comments in this and other threads? They are hilarious.

techguy77 said,

VMWare player is 100 times better.

You are on a different subject, that is a bit scary...

*Drag ya back to the point and reality...

Booting from a VHD is the same as booting from a partition, a new technology added in Windows 7, and Server 2008 R2.

This is NOT the same as running Windows 8 in a VM like Virtual-PC, XPMode, or even Hyper-V.

This is using the VHD as hard drive volume, and allows you to boot from the VHD file instead of installing Windows 8 to a separate partition. When you boot form the VHD, Windows 8 is the only/primary OS running, just as if it was an ordinary HD that only had Window 8 installed on it.


You can 'also' use a VHD with VirtualPC/XPMode/Hyper-V Servers and boot it into a VM, but that is not what the OP is suggesting.


PS
As for actual 'VM' technology...
If you think VMWare player is better than a Hyper-V VM, you have never used Hyper-V in Windows Server, and Windows 8 is adding the full set of Hyper-V functionality to the business class editions. Windows 7 does a 'form' of Hyper-V for XPMode and other OSes in a VM aka VirtualPC, but it not the full Hyper-V set of technologies.

thenetavenger said,

You are on a different subject, that is a bit scary...

*Drag ya back to the point and reality...

Booting from a VHD is the same as booting from a partition, a new technology added in Windows 7, and Server 2008 R2.

This is NOT the same as running Windows 8 in a VM like Virtual-PC, XPMode, or even Hyper-V.

This is using the VHD as hard drive volume, and allows you to boot from the VHD file instead of installing Windows 8 to a separate partition. When you boot form the VHD, Windows 8 is the only/primary OS running, just as if it was an ordinary HD that only had Window 8 installed on it.


You can 'also' use a VHD with VirtualPC/XPMode/Hyper-V Servers and boot it into a VM, but that is not what the OP is suggesting.


PS
As for actual 'VM' technology...
If you think VMWare player is better than a Hyper-V VM, you have never used Hyper-V in Windows Server, and Windows 8 is adding the full set of Hyper-V functionality to the business class editions. Windows 7 does a 'form' of Hyper-V for XPMode and other OSes in a VM aka VirtualPC, but it not the full Hyper-V set of technologies.

HyperV/XPMode can't even touch VMWare workstation with full hardware acceleration enabled, performance wise. Seriously XPMode?

Ambroos said,

No it's not. You don't have native graphics in VMWare.

Yes you do have native graphics in VMWare Workstation, not in player though.

techguy77 said,

Yes you do have native graphics in VMWare Workstation, not in player though.

A shame you were recommending VMWare Player then.

techguy77 said,

VMWare player is 100 times better.

My PC is ready! I will clean install Windows 8 CP on my only desktop and is planning to use it as my main OS from tomorrow, hence replacing Windows 7.

Laptop with SSD waiting to be formatted and installed. I was gonna format and install Windows 7 again but figured i'd at least wait to try Windows 8 first and if I don't like it then format back to 7.

SHoTTa35 said,
Laptop with SSD waiting to be formatted and installed. I was gonna format and install Windows 7 again but figured i'd at least wait to try Windows 8 first and if I don't like it then format back to 7.

I already had an OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD, but I just had delivered a second one that I'll add to the first in Raid 0 to double my space and increase the speed... just for Windows 8

TCLN Ryster said,

I already had an OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD, but I just had delivered a second one that I'll add to the first in Raid 0 to double my space and increase the speed... just for Windows 8

Do you really get any increase by using RAID with SSD?

Maybe Storage Spaces instead?

dotf said,

Do you really get any increase by using RAID with SSD?

Maybe Storage Spaces instead?


Yes. You'll get like a 50-60% (if not more) speed increase by having two SSDs together in a Raid 0. I've already got a 1TB classic hard drive for storing my documents on. In addition, putting two drives together will increase my SSD size to 120gb without having to spend as much extra money as it would take to buy a new 120gb.

I just wanted more SSD space to put a few of my games on. Up until now my existing 60gb filled up quite quickly with Windows, Office and my apps. My games went onto the classic HDD.

Now I can put some of my most played games in the extra 60gb of space and benefit from almost zero loading time

What's the betting that by the time I get home the servers are going to be completely hammered? Good job I have Thursday off to play with the new toys

Pygmy_Hippo said,
What's the betting that by the time I get home the servers are going to be completely hammered? Good job I have Thursday off to play with the new toys
God bless Piratebay

Pygmy_Hippo said,
What's the betting that by the time I get home the servers are going to be completely hammered? Good job I have Thursday off to play with the new toys

Poor.

Microsoft's global content deliver network partners have proven time and time again they can handle the load.

I am very interested in the dual-screen options. Desktop pinned on the primary monitor, and the new startscreen on the second would be nice I think. We'll see..

Dannydeman said,
I am very interested in the dual-screen options. Desktop pinned on the primary monitor, and the new startscreen on the second would be nice I think. We'll see..

That's exactly how the DP worked out of the box, it'll be interesting to see if the CP functions the same way.

Dannydeman said,
I am very interested in the dual-screen options. Desktop pinned on the primary monitor, and the new startscreen on the second would be nice I think. We'll see..

I'm eager as well. Let us know.
I only try it on a 'single' screen notebook.

Going all in - Primary OS on my laptop & Desktop!!

My girlfriend is bricking it about the change lol but I have been using Dev Prev for ages as Primary on my laptop & it's been fine!!

Meh. I guess I'll download it and give it a go. I can't truly say that I'm going to stick with Windows 7 over 8 this until I try it out.

torrentthief said,
will we get office 2012 tomorrow too?

Nope. MS Office follows a different release schedule ever since the 2003 attempt at synchronizing both.

torrentthief said,
will we get office 2012 tomorrow too?

No. The Office 15 beta is due in the Summer... likely along with the RC of Windows 8.

Nas said,

Nope. MS Office follows a different release schedule ever since the 2003 attempt at synchronizing both.
Have you forgotten Vista and Office 2007 were released together?

Wait, that's tomorrow? I hadn't even heard of this. Surly this could have been mentioned somewhere before now... /sarcasm...

I'm definitely looking forward to this. I hope we get that awesome Metro Beta Fish wallpaper too. LOL

I want to love the OS, I really do. Used W7 beta as main OS back in the day, and never looked back. Loved it from day one. The DP build got me dissapointed though. The experience is very bad in my opinion, atleast when you use it on a desktop or laptop. Still getting used to it on my laptop, but I seem to hate it more then I like it.

I hope the CP will be so much better, so I'm deffinatly gonna try it. Even took a day off

Dannydeman said,
I want to love the OS, I really do. Used W7 beta as main OS back in the day, and never looked back. Loved it from day one. The DP build got me dissapointed though. The experience is very bad in my opinion, atleast when you use it on a desktop or laptop. Still getting used to it on my laptop, but I seem to hate it more then I like it.

I hope the CP will be so much better, so I'm deffinatly gonna try it. Even took a day off

I had a lot of reservations after the Dev Preview as well, but it appears that Microsoft has worked to address a lot of that, so I'm hopeful the Consumer Preview has a better feel to it.

Dannydeman said,
The DP build got me dissapointed though. The experience is very bad in my opinion, atleast when you use it on a desktop or laptop.

I'm sorry, but that's a bit of a silly thing to say. The DP wasn't put out there to demonstrate "the experience". It was solely to demonstrate the underlying technologies to developers, ie. not a consumer like you. Most of the UI functionality, including most of the keyboard/mouse interaction was not in the DP.

Dannydeman said,
I want to love the OS, I really do. Used W7 beta as main OS back in the day, and never looked back. Loved it from day one. The DP build got me dissapointed though. The experience is very bad in my opinion, atleast when you use it on a desktop or laptop. Still getting used to it on my laptop, but I seem to hate it more then I like it.

I hope the CP will be so much better, so I'm deffinatly gonna try it. Even took a day off


I also hope to feel better about this OS. I usually appreciate new Windows versions and new software in general, and I'm more open to changes than many seem to be, but I'm having trouble with this unified desktop/tablet experience for the first time since... Well, I don't think it has happened. I have enjoyed all new Windows versions I've used since I begun using Windows 3.11. I even liked Vista to an extent, although I disliked its hardware requirements. Found Windows 7 awesome in that regard.

dbam987 said,
I'm planning on setting up a VM for Windows 8.

Same here. I hope this one works a bit better than the Dev Preview did in a VM... I don't feel like having to hold a seance every time I try to boot...

M_Lyons10 said,

Same here. I hope this one works a bit better than the Dev Preview did in a VM... I don't feel like having to hold a seance every time I try to boot...

I had the same problem, it was like the WDP would randomly decide it wasn't going to boot.

Although the last time I installed it I noticed VirtualBox has a setting specifically for Windows 8 now.

patseguin said,
People gonna run it in VM's or anyone gonna run it as main OS?

im gonna run it as main OS.. VMing isnt like installing it on a fresh partition man.

VM for me. I've been running the DP in VMware Workstation, it's worked fine. Too much work happens on my PC for me to bother with the upgrade/reinstall and possibly bugs (though I've gotta say the DP seems pretty solid, expecting the CP to be as well). I'll wait for RTM to make the full switch.

patseguin said,
People gonna run it in VM's or anyone gonna run it as main OS?

Main OS on laptop which is mostly used by my wife. If it seems stable I might even go "all-in" and put it on my desktop, which is my development PC.

patseguin said,
People gonna run it in VM's or anyone gonna run it as main OS?

I will probably go VM until RC. With vmWare's vGPU on hardware version 8.0 you can get a good feel for the graphics without having to use dedicated hardware. At least running Win7 as a VM works just as well as on real hardware.

Aaron44126 said,
VM for me. I've been running the DP in VMware Workstation, it's worked fine. Too much work happens on my PC for me to bother with the upgrade/reinstall and possibly bugs (though I've gotta say the DP seems pretty solid, expecting the CP to be as well). I'll wait for RTM to make the full switch.

Been dual-booting 7 and WDP; however, the utter lack of compatibility issues personally - especially with productivity software such as Microsoft Office - may well put Windows 7 up for replacement with the WCP. The issue will be the Developer Tools - if they are downloadable separately (which wasn't the case with the WDP), 7 is doomded. (And yes - Metro/Immersive - the same tag-team I've been using in the WDP - will be my WCP default as well; given that this is going on a traditional desktop, that should be a wake-up call to those saying that Metro/Immersive is touch-only.)

patseguin said,
People gonna run it in VM's or anyone gonna run it as main OS?

secondary machine for testing then will added to my main machine

dotf said,

Same, can't wait to get my 8HDDs into a storage space!!!!

Yeah, that looks like a great feature! I can't wait to see how smooth things run on 16GB RAM, 3TB HDD, and a Core i7 3.4 Ghz processor!

winlonghorn said,
Yeah, that looks like a great feature! I can't wait to see how smooth things run on 16GB RAM, 3TB HDD, and a Core i7 3.4 Ghz processor!

Envy

patseguin said,
People gonna run it in VM's or anyone gonna run it as main OS?

I'm gonna give it a try in VirtualBox. The DP had video driver issues that hopefully are sorted out in the CP, but we'll see.

If that doesn't work I'll install it on my laptop. Hardly use it anyway.

winlonghorn said,

Yeah, that looks like a great feature! I can't wait to see how smooth things run on 16GB RAM, 3TB HDD, and a Core i7 3.4 Ghz processor!

meh, 4.7GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 240GB Vertex 3 SSD, GTX 570, 2TB RAID array

I'm hoping that unlike the DP I can use my onboard graphics to enable Virtu, and also that they haven't done anything that prevents the Windows 7 sound card drivers I had to install for my X-Fi last time from working.

winlonghorn said,

Yeah, that looks like a great feature! I can't wait to see how smooth things run on 16GB RAM, 3TB HDD, and a Core i7 3.4 Ghz processor!

meh, 4.7GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 240GB Vertex 3 SSD, GTX 570, 2TB RAID array

I'm hoping that unlike the DP I can use my onboard graphics to enable Virtu, and also that they haven't done anything that prevents the Windows 7 sound card drivers I had to install for my X-Fi last time from working.

winlonghorn said,

Yeah, that looks like a great feature! I can't wait to see how smooth things run on 16GB RAM, 3TB HDD, and a Core i7 3.4 Ghz processor!

meh, 4.7GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 240GB Vertex 3 SSD, GTX 570, 2TB RAID array

I'm hoping that unlike the DP I can use my onboard graphics to enable Virtu, and also that they haven't done anything that prevents the Windows 7 sound card drivers I had to install for my X-Fi last time from working.

Enron said,
Any good tablets out right now that I could put this on?

I have been using WDP on Samsung Series 7 Slate.

Enron said,
Any good tablets out right now that I could put this on?

I'm planning on using my HP Touchsmart TM2.
Developer preview had an ACPCI problem which I hope is addressed in consumer preview.

Enron said,
Any good tablets out right now that I could put this on?

Been using the DP on the Eee T91. In order to use most Metro apps, I needed to install this in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode: http://downloadcenter.intel.co...adType=Drivers&lang=eng & then change the screen resolution to 1024x768. Otherwise, it works great! The SSD & Hybrid Boot together really make it boot a lot faster on a device that usually isn't that fast, since, well, it's a 2009 netvertible... (A netvertible is a combined tablet & netbook.) Now if only I had the money for the 2GB RAM expansion so it could be even faster...

Zedox said,
I'm going ALL IN! (Well I did for WDP as well so it's only right)

I am going all in this time as well (primary OS on my laptop and desktop). I waited for this milestone for stability and functionality purposes.

Zedox said,
I'm going ALL IN! (Well I did for WDP as well so it's only right)

I'm running the DP now, too...I've been waiting for the CP; now I can use Media Extenders with my Xbox again! oh, and the Windows Store, etc.

Thanks Neowin, I had totally forgotten... what would I ever do without you ;-)

Also, please stop calling Metro the new start menu, it's much more than that (for better or worse and personal taste issues aside). Assuming you're staying in metro, the new start screen (not start menu) is a replacement for: the desktop, the sidebar, the notification tray, the taskbar and the start menu.

TCLN Ryster said,
Thanks Neowin, I had totally forgotten... what would I ever do without you ;-)

Also, please stop calling Metro the new start menu, it's much more than that (for better or worse and personal taste issues aside). Assuming you're staying in metro, the new start screen (not start menu) is a replacement for: the desktop, the sidebar, the notification tray, the taskbar and the start menu.


Well said To add to what you said (and as I'm sure you're aware), the Metro experience also encompasses the actual running of the Metro apps. People merely erroneously referring to the Metro experience as "the new Start Menu" doesn't account for that.

Callum said,

Well said To add to what you said (and as I'm sure you're aware), the Metro experience also encompasses the actual running of the Metro apps. People merely erroneously referring to the Metro experience as "the new Start Menu" doesn't account for that.

Indeed, I just thought that part went without saying ;-)

x-byte said,
My laptop is ready!

I have my laptop ready as well. I will burn the iso to dvd and install it there and on my mom's pc first. Then, I am going home to put it on my desktop and my father's desktop. For the first time, my parents are very anxious and excited to install this OS (despite the beta status). I have advised them to be careful of bugs of course.

winlonghorn said,

I have my laptop ready as well. I will burn the iso to dvd and install it there and on my mom's pc first. Then, I am going home to put it on my desktop and my father's desktop. For the first time, my parents are very anxious and excited to install this OS (despite the beta status). I have advised them to be careful of bugs of course.


Hmmm...I don't think I would install a beta on someone's computer for them. If they don't know how to install their own OS they probably should not be using a beta. This is not even a release candidate. Best of luck to you.

As sphbecker said, this "beta" is not like a Gmail Beta or simple 20mb "beta" software. This is seriously "beta" and won't be stable for distribution for another several months (think: summertime) when the RC's (release candidates) are made available. And even there, the most cynical tend to wait until a few months after official launch (RTM, release to manufacturing) of either these bits or the first service pack (SP1)... which won't happen 'til end-2013.

sphbecker said,

Hmmm...I don't think I would install a beta on someone's computer for them. If they don't know how to install their own OS they probably should not be using a beta. This is not even a release candidate. Best of luck to you.

It has never failed me yet. I did the same with the Windows 7 Beta and RC builds. I support them both every step of the way if there are issues. It isn't an issue, trust me.

Nas said,
As sphbecker said, this "beta" is not like a Gmail Beta or simple 20mb "beta" software. This is seriously "beta" and won't be stable for distribution for another several months (think: summertime) when the RC's (release candidates) are made available. And even there, the most cynical tend to wait until a few months after official launch (RTM, release to manufacturing) of either these bits or the first service pack (SP1)... which won't happen 'til end-2013.


I know that there are risks involved here, but I am also confident in the build. The Windows 7 Beta sure was a lot more stable than you seem to imply that a Beta would be. I know that Beta builds used to be quite unstable, but Microsoft does things differently now. They would NOT release this for general public consumption if they weren't confident that it was stable enough to run for everyday purposes!

winlonghorn said,
They would NOT release this for general public consumption if they weren't confident that it was stable enough to run for everyday purposes!

Yes, they would. A public beta is a way of finding bugs that could potentially cripple the computer so that they can fix it before releasing it to the public.

You will never, ever hear a Microsoft employee recommending that you use a beta OS as your primary operating system. I'm amazed when people actually consider doing this, and your plan to install it for all of your family as well? That's a recipe for disaster in my opinion. I do enough family tech support with a stable operating system, I would never consider giving them a beta OS.

Intrinsica said,

Yes, they would. A public beta is a way of finding bugs that could potentially cripple the computer so that they can fix it before releasing it to the public.

You will never, ever hear a Microsoft employee recommending that you use a beta OS as your primary operating system. I'm amazed when people actually consider doing this, and your plan to install it for all of your family as well? That's a recipe for disaster in my opinion. I do enough family tech support with a stable operating system, I would never consider giving them a beta OS.


I am not saying that they are directly recommending it. I am saying that they wouldn't be calling this a "Consumer Preview" if they thought it would destroy millions of computers! I am well aware of the risks and have yet to have issues doing this, so to each their own. I will take my chances. My parents primarily surf the web on their computers anyway. They very rarely have important documents on their computers. I do have important documents, but I also back them up to carbonite just in case I am still going to be using it as planned.

Intrinsica said,

Yes, they would. A public beta is a way of finding bugs that could potentially cripple the computer so that they can fix it before releasing it to the public.

You will never, ever hear a Microsoft employee recommending that you use a beta OS as your primary operating system. I'm amazed when people actually consider doing this, and your plan to install it for all of your family as well? That's a recipe for disaster in my opinion. I do enough family tech support with a stable operating system, I would never consider giving them a beta OS.


+1 I really don't think this is wise...

winlonghorn said,

I have my laptop ready as well. I will burn the iso to dvd and install it there and on my mom's pc first. Then, I am going home to put it on my desktop and my father's desktop. For the first time, my parents are very anxious and excited to install this OS (despite the beta status). I have advised them to be careful of bugs of course.


Just make sure they have a backup OS when the CP expires & they're computer becomes unusable! xD Maybe the RTM! xD

Unless they're multibooting or using a VM, of course...

Intrinsica said,

Yes, they would. A public beta is a way of finding bugs that could potentially cripple the computer so that they can fix it before releasing it to the public.

You will never, ever hear a Microsoft employee recommending that you use a beta OS as your primary operating system. I'm amazed when people actually consider doing this, and your plan to install it for all of your family as well? That's a recipe for disaster in my opinion. I do enough family tech support with a stable operating system, I would never consider giving them a beta OS.

While I would agree that people who can't install it for themselves shouldn't be using the CP, I disagree that it would be stupid to run a CP as a primary OS. It's perfectly fine to use a consumer preview (aka beta) as your primary OS as long as you understand the risks implied; while Microsoft has done fairly extensive testing on the build, you understand that there are ways to mess it all up. If you really want to use Metro, but you don't (or can't) partition/VM, it's completely fine to run the beta as your primary, IMO

MASTER260 said,

Just make sure they have a backup OS when the CP expires & they're computer becomes unusable! xD Maybe the RTM! xD

Unless they're multibooting or using a VM, of course...

Oh definitely! The plan is that we are all upgrading to the RTM build when it is released and I already began planning backups and everything to ensure the safety of our data.

I think the biggest risk is the lack of 3rd party support. Most of the Windows 7 drivers should work and in theory apps should work as well, but you never know what weird problem could come up that would be totally unsupported.

It's time to free up some hardrive space, install your favorite VM software or make the bold decision to go all in and use the CP as your primary desktop. Whatever your decision is, you have about 24 hours to make it.

3rd option NEVER mentioned: Using the top space here to make a point: I have been saying for years with previous betas; the best way to run them is not VM and not wipe your current install. Get a second hard drive, unplug your main, install, plug both into your computer and use F12 or a similar key to switch back and forth. No partitions, no slow virtualization.

Nexus- said,

3rd option NEVER mentioned: Using the top space here to make a point: I have been saying for years with previous betas; the best way to run them is not VM and not wipe your current install. Get a second hard drive, unplug your main, install, plug both into your computer and use F12 or a similar key to switch back and forth. No partitions, no slow virtualization.

I've been running Windows 8 as my sole OS since the dev release so im just gonna wipe and install this one.

Nexus- said,

3rd option NEVER mentioned: Using the top space here to make a point: I have been saying for years with previous betas; the best way to run them is not VM and not wipe your current install. Get a second hard drive, unplug your main, install, plug both into your computer and use F12 or a similar key to switch back and forth. No partitions, no slow virtualization.

I'm actually planning to do exactly that. I've got an old 160GB hard drive lying around that isn't being used for anything at the moment so I might as well use it again to test the consumer preview out.