Windows 8 Consumer Preview download links now live

The day many have been waiting for has finally arrived. The Windows 8 consumer preview is now available for download at the following links below. There is also a link for Admin tools.

The consumer preview represents the first look in to Windows 8 that is, as the name denotes, intended to let consumers try out the new OS. The previously released version, the Windows Developers Preview, was locked down and only provided a limited look at what the new OS has to offer.

Once you do get the OS installed, make sure to let us know how Windows 8 works for you. Remember, this build of Windows 8 is not a final product and as such may have bugs or other quirks that can cause the system to crash or applications to hang.

The download links are posted below.

Windows Consumer Preview site:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso
Windows Preview site: http://preview.windows.com
TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/us-en/evalcenter/default.aspx
Windows 8 CP x64: Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
Windows 8 CP x86: Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Windows 8 CP Other languages: Download Here
Windows 8 CP Admin Tools: Download Here

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


Click above image for a cool video preview at preview.windows.com

System Requirements

Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster<
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
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I can't really say I'll be anticipating this unless there's other drastic changes that perk my interest.
The metro screen is ok with the simplicity of the 'apps' / desktop gadgets but (at least) in
this release, the 'power user' gets put aside.
It's still pretty buggy (with my setup) to run 24/7... as to be expected and the 'new stuff' doesn't really make me want to ignore the bugs & differences in it.

Oh how I hate the Metro GUI ... or better said, the fact that I have to switch all the time. I like the Win + type way of starting apps in Win7 (Win+Q + type in Win8 but that's not as convenient) and the fact I have all apps in one place + taskbar.

Why on earth would any desktop user prefer to have this dual desktop/metro interface while all other things (configs, etc) are virtually hidden?

They managed to mess it up for us desktop users and multi-taskers big time! There is no way I'm switching to Win8 if they don't fix this nonsense.

This isn't impressive in the least. I tried to ignore the "ohh it was the just a developer preview," but this is basically the same thing. 2 different desktops? 2 "Controls panels"? Really? Why would anyone think that's a good idea? They went SUPER overboard on how modal this all is. Good luck putting this on anything without a touch screen.

Up and running! Wasn't a smooth transition. First round (update from W7) failed miserably. Installed from scratch, but now I have to rebuild my work machine in a VM running W7.

Tuishimi said,
Up and running! Wasn't a smooth transition. First round (update from W7) failed miserably. Installed from scratch, but now I have to rebuild my work machine in a VM running W7.

Same - when I first attempted to boot the .iso from within my laptops current session (which was Windows 7) I chose to "Keep Nothing' which implied that it would be a reformat and clean install onto my laptops hard drive. Instead after it installed, it came up saying was unable to complete. When I rebooted it gave me the option to boot from Win 7 or Win 8, so clearly something went wrong.
Booted up from scratch using the CD and it seems to be fine now! Running some tests

I can't get it to progress past setup in VMWare. All I keep getting is a message that says Cannot read <product key> from unattend answer file. I didn't even enter in the product key or create an answer file, so why is it trying to read it?

nytiger73 said,
I can't get it to progress past setup in VMWare. All I keep getting is a message that says Cannot read <product key> from unattend answer file. I didn't even enter in the product key or create an answer file, so why is it trying to read it?

Use the .ISO, and when you set up your virtual machine, choose "I will install the OS later"

I did that and got past that part. I pointed it towards the ISO and it started the install, but then started looking for the DVD drive. Oh well...

Azies said,

Use the .ISO, and when you set up your virtual machine, choose "I will install the OS later"

If I wanted my PC to look, act, or operate like an XBox or Windows 7 Phone, then I would have bought one or all of the aforementioned, apart from the PC, as it is a PC, and I own it, and want it to remain so, as in a PC, with a proper PC OS software running on it!

It think the flipping between metro and desktop (depending on what app you use) is a bit messy.

Was also expecting "pc settings" to show you when you type it in on the metro screen "start" screen ... not have to dig under your account icon.

scaramonga said,
Whoever took the Windows OS in this direction should be sacked! End of.

Sadly it looks like he could be in line to replace Steve B instead...

lkernan said,
Sadly it looks like he could be in line to replace Steve B instead...

If Sinofsky becomes the next CEO, it's time to give up all hope that Microsoft may ever return to normality again…

I only have one question. Is there a "classic mode" so I can use the OS with it looking like Windows 95/98 like I have been for many years now?

SoulEata said,
I only have one question. Is there a "classic mode" so I can use the OS with it looking like Windows 95/98 like I have been for many years now?

No one can answer this?!

Ok, I have been using it for over two hours, and yes it is a big change, but it's not that different from regular Windows once you pass the learning curve, so far so good, I do agree that it feels a little like there's two systems along side each other, Microsoft needs to make the regular desktop look more Metro, I don't think the Aero style fits at all with Metro.

They are gonna have to do some pretty drastic changes before this heap of crap goes on sale lol. Still, they have time, January 16th 2013, they may make it? - Good luck! lol

Played with it for an hour, they didn't listen, epic fail coming in the enterprise, shame as under the ugly mess of a hood there are some nice improvements.


knighthawk said,
Played with it for an hour, they didn't listen, epic fail coming in the enterprise, shame as under the ugly mess of a hood there are some nice improvements.

Yea this isn't going to go over well in the enterprise world....

xendrome said,

Yea this isn't going to go over well in the enterprise world....

This is the consumer preview. You don't fully know what they have in store for enterprise yet. You folks really think they are going to mess up something that is that important to their survival?

dtboos said,

This is the consumer preview. You don't fully know what they have in store for enterprise yet. You folks really think they are going to mess up something that is that important to their survival?

Yes I really think they are going to mess up, I didn't during the DP thinking they had time to still get things right, but they are too far along now. You can think things may change much between now and RTM but I'm under no such illusion.

dtboos said,

This is the consumer preview. You don't fully know what they have in store for enterprise yet. You folks really think they are going to mess up something that is that important to their survival?

Yeah, I do, this Beta is pretty much what the final UI is going to consist of... so...

knighthawk said,

Yes I really think they are going to mess up, I didn't during the DP thinking they had time to still get things right, but they are too far along now. You can think things may change much between now and RTM but I'm under no such illusion.


Our only option: a Longhorn-like reboot…

vcfan said,

whats your patition table look like? what OSes do you currently have isntalled? what bootloader are you using? windows 7 default bootloader?

I'm using VirtualBox.

do we know how long this version will work before it expire? I guess there is a date where we will have to upgrade or buy the final no?

Pink Floyd said,
do we know how long this version will work before it expire? I guess there is a date where we will have to upgrade or buy the final no?

Yea it says right in the license agreement you agreed'd to when you install it, like the 2nd paragraph.

COKid said,
According to multiple sources: January 16th, 2013

God. That long? Just shows that this is not gonna be the finished version by the time all the complaints have been rectified lol, and no where near what this is

So far I really like it. It's easy to control the new metro interface with a mouse. Plus there are a few features and apps that I really like. Vcfan, mentioned the mail app, and yeah, it's awesome.

kaotic said,
So far I really like it. It's easy to control the new metro interface with a mouse. Plus there are a few features and apps that I really like. Vcfan, mentioned the mail app, and yeah, it's awesome.

I like it too. It just takes a lot of getting used to. However I am getting used to it slowly.

So far I've only needed to go to the classic desktop to install games, the new Mail app is nice although buggy. The messenger app is annoying though. I want to be able to see who's online and hide the rest like I could with WL Messenger, and see the list of online people at all times without having to click on the new conversation button first.

all the bitching some people are still doing shows that they haven't even tried the consumer preview. it is totally different than the developer preview. all those things people bitched about are now irrelevant.

1.move your mouse to the top left corner of the screen, your app switcher pops up. this is almost the exact same thing as the windows 7 taskbar. it is the same freaking thing.

2. you can close metro apps. go to top of screen and drag down,boom app closed.

3.bottom left corner is your "start button". the actual button is gone,but when you move your mouse it pops up. this works in desktop mode and metro mode with all the apps. consistent and easy. btw you can right click it and it will let you use the run command,go to command prompt,control panel, and a whole bunch of other options.

4. charm is the top and bottom right. you can go to the start screen,or search for anything really fast. one click search. faster and cleaner than searching for something on windows 7


I don't see how using metro is only for touch. this is a huge misconception. ive been using the consumer preview and the keyboard and mouse works great. on metro apps, scrolling is not done vertically,but horizontally. if you have a scroll wheel its dead simple. windows 8 is fast and fluid. Once you've used it a few hours you will be able to navigate really quick. Once the apps start to roll in, that's when it really begins

vcfan said,
I don't see how using metro is only for touch. this is a huge misconception. ive been using the consumer preview and the keyboard and mouse works great. on metro apps, scrolling is not done vertically,but horizontally. if you have a scroll wheel its dead simple. windows 8 is fast and fluid. Once you've used it a few hours you will be able to navigate really quick. Once the apps start to roll in, that's when it really begins

I'm really impressed with the apps that came with it. Even the email app is amazing imo.

AWilliams87 said,

I'm really impressed with the apps that came with it. Even the email app is amazing imo.

quite true. I think because of apps like that, the general consumer is going to love it. some of those apps really are a treat to use. I've been developing my metro apps,and Microsoft makes it so easy with visual studio to create great looking apps.

AWilliams87 said,

I'm really impressed with the apps that came with it. Even the email app is amazing imo.

Email apps retired a few years ago lol, I would never bring in mail on any system with an Email app. Best just to do it from web - aka GMail or whatever, I'm surprised at Microcrap for this.

scaramonga said,

Email apps retired a few years ago lol, I would never bring in mail on any system with an Email app. Best just to do it from web - aka GMail or whatever, I'm surprised at Microcrap for this.


That may be a solution for people who have only one email account…

wont install on ESX server, configured blank VM as Win 7 x64, mounted ISO and ran. Get the Beta fish logo at start, but then I get a frown face saying "your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart. "HAL INITIALIZATION FAILED"

I've a feeling the reason Microsoft did Windows 8 that way is because they will dump soon keyboard and mouse. Yes, you read it correctly. Next could be Touch + OLED + Kinect! (Touch doesn't mean using your fingers, it could be any object)! Check Microsoft R&D to know what I'm talking about!

Another evil reason, Windows 8 is a global system. It could work on any platform, now you will see how Windows Phones will boost, how XBox 720 will boost as well It's all connected, MICROSOFT WILL TAKE OVER EARTH, ****!

Elagizy said,
I've a feeling the reason Microsoft did Windows 8 that way is because they will dump soon keyboard and mouse. Yes, you read it correctly. Next could be Touch + OLED + Kinect! (Touch doesn't mean using your fingers, it could be any object)! Check Microsoft R&D to know what I'm talking about!

Another evil reason, Windows 8 is a global system. It could work on any platform, now you will see how Windows Phones will boost, how XBox 720 will boost as well It's all connected, MICROSOFT WILL TAKE OVER EARTH, ****!

You go type 10 pages long text using touch and i will use keyboard and let me know when you are done.

Seems like everyone on this site likes it but I actually need a Computer not a Tablet so I find Windows 8 a useless unattractive ugly metro design.

Totalaero said,
Seems like everyone on this site likes it but I actually need a Computer not a Tablet so I find Windows 8 a useless unattractive ugly metro design.

I don't like it either. This OS is gonna FAIL big time, mark my words. Mixing two total different UIs and two different design paradigms = FAIL.

Totalaero said,
Seems like everyone on this site likes it but I actually need a Computer not a Tablet so I find Windows 8 a useless unattractive ugly metro design.

I don't like it either. This OS is gonna FAIL big time, mark my words. Mixing two total different UIs and two different design paradigms = mother of all inconsistences.

Totalaero said,
Seems like everyone on this site likes it but I actually need a Computer not a Tablet so I find Windows 8 a useless unattractive ugly metro design.

I have installed THIS and I can't event operate it. Guys, please tell me this is not happening for real and this system is only a joke.

OK, I was able to Anytime upgrade my Pro to Ultimate (courtesy of a Linux friend who had a spare Ultimate key, yay!!), so I decided to try the boot to VHD feature of Win7. Freakin' sweet! The performance hit is feeling like <3-5%. Wished I knew of this boot to VHD feature before!

ir0nw0lf said,
OK, I was able to Anytime upgrade my Pro to Ultimate (courtesy of a Linux friend who had a spare Ultimate key, yay!!), so I decided to try the boot to VHD feature of Win7. Freakin' sweet! The performance hit is feeling like <3-5%. Wished I knew of this boot to VHD feature before!

Yea too bad it isnt on the Pro version, have played with it and enjoyed it, but not work paying more money to use it.

I have an issue here. I have the Zune pass but it doesn't seem to recognizing it. Is there a way for it to recognize you have the pass as so you can stream/download music?

Windows installation was not successful. Your previous version of Windows is being restored.

Do not restart your computer during this time.

Complete bull****!

Flippinwindows said,
Windows installation was not successful. Your previous version of Windows is being restored.

Do not restart your computer during this time.

Complete bull****!

dont do a upgrade install when using a beta OS, just asking for trouble.. though it most likely sent microsoft data about the problem so it could be good in the long run

How is the explorer.exe people. Is it more responsive than the Windows 7 explorer. This is what I'm targeting at with my interest towards Windows 8.

So far it runs smooth, the new UI changes are a bit to get used to though. I will probably stick with windows 7 for awhile just cause im so used to it then ill upgrade later.

I installed it in VMWare. I see nice bits here and there [I like for example the new Task Manager], but the Metro UI is pure ****. Hope it is a way to completely disable it. Also, where the heck is the Start button in Classic UI. If they don't make big changes to this interface, Windows 8 is gonna be a huge flop.

I bet anything there will be an awesome developer who will manage to create a batch program or exe to disable it or hide it with a command.


g0dlike said,
I installed it in VMWare. I see nice bits here and there [I like for example the new Task Manager], but the Metro UI is pure ****. Hope it is a way to completely disable it. Also, where the heck is the Start button in Classic UI. If they don't make big changes to this interface, Windows 8 is gonna be a huge flop.

You have to extract the .iso image in a folder. Then with a USB that will fit the extracted size; you have to transfer all the files to the USB drive. Last time I did that it worked with out any programs and it was bootable. Or if that doesn't work, try WIN2Flash by downloading it via download.com.

Just check in your bios that you are able to boot from a USB and ensure that it is the first to boot in the order so it doesn't skip and continue on starting up your current OS.

Good luck.


Tirnaog said,
Can you install the iso images from a USB drive?

Flippinwindows said,
You have to extract the .iso image in a folder. Then with a USB that will fit the extracted size; you have to transfer all the files to the USB drive. Last time I did that it worked with out any programs and it was bootable. Or if that doesn't work, try WIN2Flash by downloading it via download.com.

Just check in your bios that you are able to boot from a USB and ensure that it is the first to boot in the order so it doesn't skip and continue on starting up your current OS.

Good luck.


Or just use MS's USB tool - http://www.microsoftstore.com/...ge.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

I actually installed on top of Dev Preview and it upgraded it? I was prepped to do a full format but it just updated everything. Bonus. Now to get wifi....

laserfloyd said,
I actually installed on top of Dev Preview and it upgraded it? I was prepped to do a full format but it just updated everything. Bonus. Now to get wifi....

Did it not mess with your installed 3rd party programs?

hmm99 said,
how do I get wifi to work on vm ware?

Works just fine on Oracle's VirtualBox too.. Installed in a snap and runs fine.. (64 bit version). Am going to update my DevPRev Netbook tmrw..

Windows 8 is installing right on top of Windows 7 so this might be a good thing. I'm hoping I can go back to Windows 7 if the CP is going to give me problems.

Wow, I had no idea college computer could have download speeds of 6 MB/s. I had mines downloaded in about 11 mins for the 3.33 GB 64-bit version. Anyone having trouble with Windows 8 detecting the drivers mainly the wifi driver?

Gladiatorus said,
Is it possible to dual boot win W7?
Yes, there are a number of ways to do it but I chose to shrink my volume with the disk tools and create a new partition. Google/Bing it and you should find lots of guides.

Took me about 3 minutes to download. Install was a breeze and I am loving it. It seems like the metro home page is just a shell though. I have to go to desktop to run any of my programs and with no start menu it's very difficult.

Three minutes. I thought I was fast with 11 mins for the 64 GB one. The install process does seem really easy so far.


patseguin said,
Took me about 3 minutes to download. Install was a breeze and I am loving it. It seems like the metro home page is just a shell though. I have to go to desktop to run any of my programs and with no start menu it's very difficult.

patseguin said,
Took me about 3 minutes to download. Install was a breeze and I am loving it. It seems like the metro home page is just a shell though. I have to go to desktop to run any of my programs and with no start menu it's very difficult.

That "shell" runs all the Metro Apps and contains all the start menu entries for the legacy programs, the desktop is for backwards compatibility.

Wow so you need to sign into Windows with an email account now? I dont like that. Hopefully its optional. (I didnt get a chance to install yet)

wounder how well this will run on my old P4 3.2hz. havent powered on that pc for over a year now, may as well wake it up and try this out.

been playing with it for a bit now and all I see so far is an inconsistant mess... I've counted 3 different scrollbar styles so far... serisouly? it definatly is harder to get to some places then it was in past versions of windows, not having a start menu is annoying and after having the past two versions have a switch to desktop button on the taskbar now changing to a charm gets annoying... and the start link on the taskbar, whys it only the bottom left most 5 pixels? talk about stupid waste of space... MS better get off their butts and make this consistant or its going to be another half assed merge of two ideas that they seem to be famous for anymore...

one example is they still have aero peak settings for the taskbar, yet aero peak doesn't work with the charm bar link now there on the right of the taskbar... we need settings like show charm bar or show aero peak when over this area... show start menu or show start page on left... etc..

some will scream "you cant deal with change" well from looking into it so far there are no GPO's that can disable the start page and give you the start menu or disable metro styles like they said there would be yet... enterprise will HATE this...

this isn't about not likeing change, its about not like stupid design ideas that are not consistant

Its not inconcistent, thats for sure, its just different. Inconsistent would be doing what you suggest, making everything look aero just beacuse the old desktop is still aero. The point of windows 8 is to lead people to metro apps while providing backwards compatibility.

There are ways to show all programs, zoom out and make the start bar much easier to navigate - but alas, you can also use search and shortcuts.

The big thing is - learning the new UI. Being frusterated because your changing habits is only natural.

spudtrooper said,
Its not inconcistent, thats for sure, its just different. Inconsistent would be doing what you suggest, making everything look aero just beacuse the old desktop is still aero. The point of windows 8 is to lead people to metro apps while providing backwards compatibility.

There are ways to show all programs, zoom out and make the start bar much easier to navigate - but alas, you can also use search and shortcuts.

The big thing is - learning the new UI. Being frusterated because your changing habits is only natural.

how is having three scrollbar designs, multiple button designs, and other UI elements multiple ways not inconsistant?

this whole learn the UI thing has nothing to do with consistancy, the fact is the same elements are presented multiple ways and it looks bad.... take IE10 for example, its scrollbar in the desktop version is different then all the other desktop scrollbars, the metro scrollbar is yet again different design then the IE10 and desktop scrollbars slightly.. seriously we need consistancy, the ribbon is yet another itteration of design, now we have 4 ribbon designs? depending on what you use and what version none of them match... they should of at least went with the Office 2010 ribbon which blends into the glass frames better they kinda took a combination of Office 2010 and Office 2007 ribbon to make one that is yet another style

techguy77 said,

Told you.

told me what? I've been saying these things since the first public build, and got the response "it will change", "it wont be like that in the consumer preview", etc etc, at this point we know what RTM will look like with minor tweaks...

neufuse said,

told me what? I've been saying these things since the first public build, and got the response "it will change", "it wont be like that in the consumer preview", etc etc, at this point we know what RTM will look like with minor tweaks...

It's still a PREVIEW. I'm sure MS is getting a lot of feedback to check in on the issues and correcting them as they come up. Plus, how do we know that a lot of the stuff mentioned here hasn't been tweaked in newer, internal builds?

neufuse said,
been playing with it for a bit now and all I see so far is an inconsistant mess... I've counted 3 different scrollbar styles so far... serisouly? it definatly is harder to get to some places then it was in past versions of windows, not having a start menu is annoying and after having the past two versions have a switch to desktop button on the taskbar now changing to a charm gets annoying... and the start link on the taskbar, whys it only the bottom left most 5 pixels? talk about stupid waste of space... MS better get off their butts and make this consistant or its going to be another half assed merge of two ideas that they seem to be famous for anymore...

one example is they still have aero peak settings for the taskbar, yet aero peak doesn't work with the charm bar link now there on the right of the taskbar... we need settings like show charm bar or show aero peak when over this area... show start menu or show start page on left... etc..

some will scream "you cant deal with change" well from looking into it so far there are no GPO's that can disable the start page and give you the start menu or disable metro styles like they said there would be yet... enterprise will HATE this...

this isn't about not likeing change, its about not like stupid design ideas that are not consistant

ditto!
this might help
http://www.mstechpages.com/201...indows-8-developer-preview/

briangw said,

It's still a PREVIEW. I'm sure MS is getting a lot of feedback to check in on the issues and correcting them as they come up. Plus, how do we know that a lot of the stuff mentioned here hasn't been tweaked in newer, internal builds?

been on windows beta's and alphas since windows 3... when MS hits this point generally, there is no major changes coming, and from the looks of it, a lot of the inconsistancies are on purpous... and going by the MS blog entries they don't care what people are saying anymore

neufuse said,

been on windows beta's and alphas since windows 3... when MS hits this point generally, there is no major changes coming, and from the looks of it, a lot of the inconsistancies are on purpous... and going by the MS blog entries they don't care what people are saying anymore

Windows 8 was NOT my idea.

neufuse said,

told me what? I've been saying these things since the first public build, and got the response "it will change", "it wont be like that in the consumer preview", etc etc, at this point we know what RTM will look like with minor tweaks...

Exactly everyone was saying "IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE "

Microsoft even told the developers when the preview was released "Start developing for this, this is what it will be like upon release. You can feel safe developing for metro because we won't change much.

warwagon said,

Exactly everyone was saying "IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE IT WILL CHANGE "

Yep that was the generell response here... No matter what the argument was about: "it will change", well it didn't at all...

MFH said,

Yep that was the generell response here... No matter what the argument was about: "it will change", well it didn't at all...

no, now the argument is "wait for RTM, it will be different!" we all know it will not be... bland colors, flat UI's..... depressing

neufuse said,

no, now the argument is "wait for RTM, it will be different!" we all know it will not be... bland colors, flat UI's..... depressing


Well we knew starting with the DP didn't we? We, who experienced Microsoft's development cycle and review process before, knew what was coming and that this was the real deal…

neufuse said,

been on windows beta's and alphas since windows 3... when MS hits this point generally, there is no major changes coming, and from the looks of it, a lot of the inconsistancies are on purpous... and going by the MS blog entries they don't care what people are saying anymore

I didn't say "Major changes" anywhere in my post. I said "tweaking." We know that mostly everything is feature complete. I too have been in betas since Windows 3.x and have submitted plenty of bug reports in my time. Some things I have mentioned were modified (not saying myself solely, but I'm sure a lot of others have as well).

I don't know about you, but I've noticed many more changes in this build compared to the Dev one and I'm sure other subtle ones will as well. I'm sorry you don't like it, but I, for one, welcome our Windows 8 client and server overlords.

illustrick said,
is the no more start menu?

It is replaced by that Start Metro screen you can start from desktop by moving mouse cursor on lower left corner, this thumbnail will appear. I know it is weird.

techguy77 said,

It is replaced by that Start Metro screen you can start from desktop by moving mouse cursor on lower left corner, this thumbnail will appear. I know it is weird.

it is slightly weird, but the search function making a shortcut to everything means no more looking for stuff in start bar anyway

techguy77 said,

It is replaced by that Start Metro screen you can start from desktop by moving mouse cursor on lower left corner, this thumbnail will appear. I know it is weird.

it is slightly weird, but the search function making a shortcut to everything means no more looking for stuff in start bar anyway

Would anyone here who is artistically inclined be kind enough to whip up a lightscribe template for both the 32-bit and 64-bit with the DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J key (or none at all)?

Also, Boot to VHD, is that truly only available in Ultimate/Enterprise? I got Pro and will be ****ed if I can't do it!

ir0nw0lf said,
Would anyone here who is artistically inclined be kind enough to whip up a lightscribe template for both the 32-bit and 64-bit with the DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J key (or none at all)?

Also, Boot to VHD, is that truly only available in Ultimate/Enterprise? I got Pro and will be ****ed if I can't do it!

You're right, booting to a VHD is only available in Ultimate & Enterprise.

Hey, if anyone gets Cisco AnyConnect to work on it let me know. I installed in VirtualBox but it keeps running into I/O (mouse/keyboard) problems. And when I went to install software on it the screen went BLACK and never came back. I want to install it straight to my hardware but... I need to know if my VPN software will work.

oh, my bad, seem like since the day I reformat the drive to rearrange things. It is now NTFS active primary. Different from FAT32 as in this instruction. I guess that's why boot partition no longer work.

Dan~ said,
Argh, this CRAP still doesn't work in VPC, what the hell have they done wrong?

You didn't really expect a Microsoft OS to be supported by "Microsoft Virtual PC", did you? /s

Installed it on vmware 8 without problem on my end (removing the floppy disk is the only change I've made to the default win 7 installation setup).

Help please!
I have a portable 500GB hard drive that has first 100GB partitioned to be primary bootable (active : yes). I used to just copy the whole iso content of windows 7 dvd onto it, and boot from there to install.
Now I did the same thing for win8 iso but when boot from external drive nothing happen, only a flashing dash on black screen. I'm at school and don't have a blank dvd nor usb key to dump iso file on.
My question is how can I install this thing for dual boot current win7 and new win8. Would running setup file inside win7 allow me to dual boot instead of upgrade?
Appreciate any help!

You'd have to be near on brain dead to not be able to get through such a minimal and simple install process, and the install key is right there on the download page...

satukoro said,
Is there a torrent for it yet? I'd rather not leave the downloading process to a browser.

Then use something like Internet download Manager or flashgot. Mine is at 70% inside Internet Download Manager!

satukoro said,
Is there a torrent for it yet? I'd rather not leave the downloading process to a browser.

What?> why not ?

este said,

What?> why not ?
Torrents or download managers can finish where they left off if I have to restart my computer or postpone the download for whatever reason. Small downloads ( <200MB ) can be left to a browser though.

satukoro said,
Torrents or download managers can finish where they left off if I have to restart my computer or postpone the download for whatever reason. Small downloads ( <200MB ) can be left to a browser though.

Oh shoot, I didnt know we were still using dialup connections from 1997. Time to get with the times man!

este said,

Oh shoot, I didnt know we were still using dialup connections from 1997. Time to get with the times man!

Where I live, I'm stuck with a 1Mb/s (128kB/s) download speed. Verizon claims we're too far away from them to give us anything faster.

I've just install Win8 CP x86 on the Vibe tablet by Ciara (aka EXOPC). Install was fast and easy. Only two driver missing (bluetooth didn't install properly and the hdmi sound driver didn't install at all). The animation is pretty fluid, running on an Intel Atom N450 with 2Go of ram and an Intel 3150 GPU. The touch screen is a 2-point touch, so naviguation is working nice and easy. My impression so far, great for a tablet/touch screen. Not sure for a desktop...

COKid said,
Hmm... should look good on my Moto Xoom

These are the x86 and x86-64 builds, the ARM builds aren't available.

Looking at the reviews, I'm so glad that programs like xLaunchPad are developed... and the full screen apps... is really something I don't want...


Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster<
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Aren't those minimum requirements? Windows 7 has the same, but in all honesty, you need at least double that for it to run smoothly.

I'd be interested in how Windows 8 runs under the minimum specs compared with Windows 7.

Coming in at 3.8 MB/sec so there maxing out my connection Wonder how many downloads there`ll be in the first 2 hours?

nitins60 said,
Can you post ISO link rather than web download link

That's rather lazy, eh. Plus, they have an entire collection of downloads (NOT just one) so your best bet is to just go there.

F_C said,
The Visual Studio 11 Beta link incase anyone is interested; I could not see it linked already.

Thank you! They run at about 1.3GB, but it's always nice to have latest-greatest tools and toys.

ir0nw0lf said,
Bah, only two keys from Technet Standard. :-(

yes, but most likely, each key can be activated on up to 10 different machines

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

Looks like you found the caps lock

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

its on the consumer preview page. Will post here though:

DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

Can't download it now so can't say for sure, and maybe people have tried this, but I would try going to a microsoft site and at least start downloading it again, maybe you get a key in the process there?

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

Try this (works on all CP versions and languages): DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
It is listed on the official download page but somehow Neowin forgot to copy that here.

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

Try this (works on all CP versions and languages): DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
It is listed on the official download page but somehow Neowin forgot to copy that here.

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

Try this (works on all CP versions and languages): DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
It is listed on the official download page but somehow Neowin forgot to copy that here.

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

For English 64-bit & 32 bit :

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

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

"If you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program, you won't need to enter a product key the setup program automatically provides the product key. If you create installation media, start your PC from the media, and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you'll need to enter this product key: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8."

j1232 said,
ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT KEY? JUST TRIED TO INSTALL AND IT ASKS FOR A PRODUCT KEY

In case you missed the 100 other postings - HAHA. I crack myself up.
Product Key is DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

my download started at 3.8MB/s for the first few hundred MB's and said 15 minutes to complete then dropped off to 300KB/s and now says 2 hours. bah!

lordofangels said,

Oh yes, now that's a good question.. any idea's anyone?

English

64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash

lordofangels said,

Oh yes, now that's a good question.. any idea's anyone?

For English 64-bit & 32 bit :

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

Edited by L1520, Feb 29 2012, 3:37pm :

neo158 said,

Let me see, Engadget is known for it's heavy anti-MS, pro Apple bias and yet you think it's a good review!!!!

WTF - Anyway, interesting review and looks to me Windows 8 on a desktop is a useless upgrade for me.

neo158 said,

Let me see, Engadget is known for it's heavy anti-MS, pro Apple bias and yet you think it's a good review!!!!

They didn't say anything bad about it. They were very neutral. They pointed out that Windows 8 has duplicates as i said Metro IE10 and Desktop IE10 running as two applications which do not share cookies, history or anything. Same apply to Media Player and on top of that you can add Windows Media Center. To me it is a mess. Apparently within Windows 8 coexist two Operating Systems; Mobile and Desktop working along each other. It is very weird.

techguy77 said,

They didn't say anything bad about it. They were very neutral. They pointed out that Windows 8 has duplicates as i said Metro IE10 and Desktop IE10 running as two applications which do not share cookies, history or anything. Same apply to Media Player and on top of that you can add Windows Media Center. To me it is a mess. Apparently within Windows 8 coexist two Operating Systems; Mobile and Desktop working along each other. It is very weird.

Yet you are refusing to try it to find out for yourself!!!

techguy77 said,
http://www.engadget.com/2012/0...eview-detailed-impressions/


Very good review and as I said MS thinks we are running giant smart phone. What a mess. Now we have Metro Style IE and Desktop Style IE which do not share anything. Two separate applications. Duplications all over the place.

That review, is basically how I feel sitting here, checking it out.

I really don't see this being popular with a multitude of crowds simply with the lack of multitasking ease (maybe I need more practice, dunno). I'm going to play with it more, but I can't bring myself to like it at all. A LOT of changes will need to be made before official release. But I think it's time I leave these ship before it sinks. It's not my style, it doesn't "feel" good. Just my opinion. Windows 7 is still great to me, it pretty much handles everything I need, and works like a charm. I don't personally see a reason to change to this new "visual style" that I don't even like.

neo158 said,

Yet you are refusing to try it to find out for yourself!!!

I will play with in VM but for me it is useless. Windows 7 provides everything and will do for the years to come.

Zappa859 said,

That review, is basically how I feel sitting here, checking it out.

I really don't see this being popular with a multitude of crowds simply with the lack of multitasking ease (maybe I need more practice, dunno). I'm going to play with it more, but I can't bring myself to like it at all. A LOT of changes will need to be made before official release. But I think it's time I leave these ship before it sinks. It's not my style, it doesn't "feel" good. Just my opinion. Windows 7 is still great to me, it pretty much handles everything I need, and works like a charm. I don't personally see a reason to change to this new "visual style" that I don't even like.

Exactly. Windows 8 doesn't have any seeling point or a reason why person should upgrade from Windows 7. Everything else is bull****. Windows 8 Success will be measured by Mobile / Tablet market, not by Desktop. In case MS doesn't achieve what they wanted to achieve against iOS and Android Windows 8 will be a major failure.

So, is anyone installing it from within Windows 7? I'm not sure if it's possible to select the installation location from there. It asks me "What do you want to keep in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?" and if I select 'Nothing' will it just allow me to do a clean install on a different drive?

devHead said,
So, is anyone installing it from within Windows 7? I'm not sure if it's possible to select the installation location from there. It asks me "What do you want to keep in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?" and if I select 'Nothing' will it just allow me to do a clean install on a different drive?

Thats what I'm going to try but I will burn the .iso file onto a DVD and then burn from there once I get home later.

WinA said,

Nope
Really?? So you downloaded the 2.5GB 32-bit ISO in 2 mins 5 secs?! Then you downloaded the 3.3GB 64-bit ISO in 2 mins 45 secs? You sure about that?

Grabbing the x86 here ... coming down at about 4 MB/s!

Gotta go out soon though , so install will have to wait an hour or two ...

Let's see what MS has done this time and whether they listened to users that Metro while good for tablets should not be default on the desktop/laptops. I bet that hasn't changed at all.

xpclient said,
Let's see what MS has done this time and whether they listened to users that Metro while good for tablets should not be default on the desktop/laptops. I bet that hasn't changed at all.

Odd, the majority of 'actual' users without a tablet, like Metro, even in the Develop Preview that didn't have all the Mouse and Keyboard navigation working.

What users are you talking about?

Truly kills me that a few people get something stuck in their head, and they assume the rest of the world agrees. Try this, rethink why you don't like Metro and give it a chance, even on the desktop.

This is like the people complaining about the Aero Glass in Vista and Windows 7, and getting it stuck in their head that because it is 'pretty' it is 'slower'.

There are still users that turn on 'basic' or 'classic' on Windows 7, even though it is disabling a ton of GPU assisted features. So they are not only losing the 'pretty' they are losing a ton of performance as well.

Ignorance is 'intentionally' ignoring facts/information. If you ignore Metro, you will eventually have to own your ignorance. Instead, try adopting a mindset that thinks like: "Metro might be cool and work well, I'm going to use it and the Apps and give it a try."

thenetavenger said,

Odd, the majority of 'actual' users without a tablet, like Metro, even in the Develop Preview that didn't have all the Mouse and Keyboard navigation working.

What users are you talking about?

Truly kills me that a few people get something stuck in their head, and they assume the rest of the world agrees. Try this, rethink why you don't like Metro and give it a chance, even on the desktop.

This is like the people complaining about the Aero Glass in Vista and Windows 7, and getting it stuck in their head that because it is 'pretty' it is 'slower'.

There are still users that turn on 'basic' or 'classic' on Windows 7, even though it is disabling a ton of GPU assisted features. So they are not only losing the 'pretty' they are losing a ton of performance as well.

Ignorance is 'intentionally' ignoring facts/information. If you ignore Metro, you will eventually have to own your ignorance. Instead, try adopting a mindset that thinks like: "Metro might be cool and work well, I'm going to use it and the Apps and give it a try."

Because when microsoft change things it's always for the better right ?... wrong.

thenetavenger said,
Odd, the majority of 'actual' users without a tablet, like Metro, even in the Develop Preview that didn't have all the Mouse and Keyboard navigation working.

What users are you talking about?

Truly kills me that a few people get something stuck in their head, and they assume the rest of the world agrees. Try this, rethink why you don't like Metro and give it a chance, even on the desktop.

This is like the people complaining about the Aero Glass in Vista and Windows 7, and getting it stuck in their head that because it is 'pretty' it is 'slower'.

There are still users that turn on 'basic' or 'classic' on Windows 7, even though it is disabling a ton of GPU assisted features. So they are not only losing the 'pretty' they are losing a ton of performance as well.

Ignorance is 'intentionally' ignoring facts/information. If you ignore Metro, you will eventually have to own your ignorance. Instead, try adopting a mindset that thinks like: "Metro might be cool and work well, I'm going to use it and the Apps and give it a try."

Clearly you haven't been reading the Building Windows 8 blog and its comments or you wouldn't be this ignorant on how many people dislike Metro being default on the desktop. It isn't ignorance if you have some objectivity on why Metro doesn't work on the desktop. One can't say a product is worse if the person being taken for a ride is happy. Ignorance is bliss.

xpclient said,

Clearly you haven't been reading the Building Windows 8 blog and its comments or you wouldn't be this ignorant on how many people dislike Metro being default on the desktop. It isn't ignorance if you have some objectivity on why Metro doesn't work on the desktop. One can't say a product is worse if the person being taken for a ride is happy. Ignorance is bliss.

Exactly, pretty much every forum/blog etc. I've seen has been about 80-90% negative I'd guess, this website is the most positive about metro by far.

15 minutes to go! laptop ready for the install!! whoohooo!!!

VM prepped for the install of server 8 beta - not much works being done now!

4 hours to go. Damn all of you with super fast Internet speeds!

. Anyways, there's very little that I can do, my main pc has been stolen by my dad... hope I can get it back by tomorrow + Have 10 hours of class starting now...

SPARTdAN said,
OMG that video on the preview site for Windows 8 does NOT make me want to use it.

Was wondering what the f you were talking about. Then I saw the video. Corrupted, big time

jasondefaoite said,

Was wondering what the f you were talking about. Then I saw the video. Corrupted, big time

That and the video demonstrations make it look like a childs game. I'll give this a bash on the laptop though.

devHead said,

Why download both? BTAIM, I'm getting it now too! and at 8.5 MB /s


In my case that would be a x86 image for my netbook and the x64 one for a VM on my iMac.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

In my case that would be a x86 image for my netbook and the x64 one for a VM on my iMac.

GS:mac


Ah, yes that does make sense.

Based on experience, I always give MSFT a 30-minute "fashionably late" window. If you wait another 3-6 hours, they'll be distributing the same content via the Akamai CDN.

I think it's funny that you can download the Server version now, but the client version is still not posted. And of course, there's nothing available on the Technet Subscription page.

devHead said,
I think it's funny that you can download the Server version now, but the client version is still not posted. And of course, there's nothing available on the Technet Subscription page.

It's balancing the load...

Windows 8 Client will hammer like hell, the server version is probably not that demanded () and hence those who can't wait a minute to get it, will get it now and be golden, all others will either bear with worse speeds or wait a bit till the client download storm is over.

GS:mac

Does anyone have any info on an official beta test team? I was part of the beta test for both Vista and 7, and it was a lot of fun, and I hope I provided useful feedback to MS. I've checked on Connect and I can't see anything.

I won't be home for another 2 hours! Luckily my lecturer said I can download it and burn it in class so as soon as I'm home all I'll need to do is install it

PalletTown said,
I won't be home for another 2 hours! Luckily my lecturer said I can download it and burn it in class so as soon as I'm home all I'll need to do is install it

Your lecturer is very cool lol

spudtrooper said,
Anyone know what those .ESD images are floating around on twitter links for download?
I read somewhere that they are compressed WIMs..

spudtrooper said,
Anyone know what those .ESD images are floating around on twitter links for download?

ESD = Electronic Software Download. It's just a different way of distributing portions of the installation process... so, as statm1 said, essentially ultra-compressed WIMs.

Temp indeed! Still .... cool!

Edit: Got both iso's! Thanks for the comments and, of course, for the the main post.

Edited by Pwrmad, Feb 29 2012, 3:36pm :

MidnightDevil said,
Yay! Refreshing every couple of minutes (what time should be out anyway?)

It should have been out around 13 minutes ago. It will happen very soon I hope

Cøi said,

It should have been out around 13 minutes ago. It will happen very soon I hope

This.

Come on MS, release it already. It's compiled, you have it, all you do is look at the clock, we look at the clock, everyone's waiting.

This is like when on a crossing every traffic light is red for ages...

Just post it, Microsoft, you've been holding back way too long anyways!


As you might be able to see, I'm not a very patient kind of person!

GS:mac

trogenda said,
Where is the ARM version?

There is no ARM version available. The ARM version will come pre-installed on ARM devices, you cannot buy (or obtain) it separately.

nitins60 said,
my first thought, how I missed before neowin

but now, i can see I didn't miss download links yet

My sentiments exactly xD