Windows 8 Consumer Preview hits 1 million downloads

It was expected that once the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build was released officially by Microsoft it would get a lot of downloads. Today, Microsoft confirmed via the official Windows 8 Twitter page that it had indeed seen a lot of people hitting the download button, stating, "One day later...one million downloads of the consumer preview."

Even though Microsoft is calling this build a "Consumer Preview", it is still, for all intent and purposes, a beta of the final shipping version of Windows 8. That said, the fact that the company has seen over 1 million downloads of this build in such a short amount of time is still impressive.

Once again, if you want to download and install the Consumer Preview version of Window 8, make sure you check out the system requirements first. That includes running Metro apps on your screen, which require at least a 1024x768 screen resolution. Also, there are only a few PCs out there that currently support the Metro touch screen interface and features, although you can bet there will be more touch screen-based PCs when the final version of Windows 8 is released.

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I find the latest iteration of Microsoft's flagship OS, Windows 8, an amazing upgrade. I love MetroUI, clean and beautiful. It's something new and we all have to get used to it. I remember when I got my hands on Windows XP way back in mid-2002 (yep, I was still running Windows 98 SE up to April 2002), I was completely lost in the niceties and the newness of Windows XP, but by the time, I got used to it and it was just great. That's part of my own experience in Windows XP. However, as far as the Win8's desktop is concerned, it looks pretty much likes Windows 7, minus the start orb (which by the way, was created by Microsoft geek Jenny LAM) is gone. Microsoft should focus theirs works on the desktop too, and bring on some improvements too.

Well if nothing else Windows 8 won't be relegated as crap and completely misunderstood like Vista was.

This is a good sign for App development for Windows 8 as well, as it shows interest in Windows 8, and developers will be more likely to start projects if the CP was an epic failure.

I personally wish there was 'more' of the features that Windows 8 is bringing in the CP. I also wish the App developers at Microsoft would of had more time before the CP. Currently the Mail App is very broken, and they realize this, and the interoperability and sharing features are missing from the majority of the Apps as well.

So for users it feels more like Windows 8 light, as it doesn't have all the bells and whistles yet, but because of the App store and update model, will start appearing and updating during the consumer preview timeline.

The other missing stuff is in the 'desktop' side, some of the Applications are still the Win7 version, when it is known and we have seen that there are newer Win8 specific versions.

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One nice thing about the consumer preview is the performance differences. From startup and boot, to overall I/O fluidity, it doesn't mean +50fps in games, but a few +FPS and the game and dynamic load content in most games are smooth. Newer demanding games like SWTOR see a bigger benefit of +FPS, and less 'lag/render jitter'.

The WDDM WDM 1.2 video drivers are also welcome to see running well. They again add performance advantages over the WDDM WDM 1.1 drivers that Windows 7 uses. They also bring in more granular preemptive GPU multitasking, OS level 3D stereoscopic support, and a many other features that start to get geeky, with XPS rasterization more GPU computing in the WDDM that is not rendering related, etc.

So if users are wanting a non-Metro reason to like Windows 8. Go look up the WDDM WDM 1.2 video changes, and then go from there on the additional kernel, memory, I/O, storage and other changes in Windows 8 that further makes it faster and smoother than Windows 7.

Which was the greatest feature of Windows 7, the streamlined Vista technologies to run faster with lower RAM and more smoothly. Windows 8 will at 'least' do this again for Windows 7 with further refinement and performance.

But how many downloads of Windows 7 Consumer preview (or whatever it was called back then) was there after one day? So we can compare.

Anybody yet found a way of having a different default browser on the desktop, than in Metro?

I want to use Chrome as my default on the desktop, while keeping IE10 Metro working on the Metro interface. At present, the moment you make another browser your default, IE10 Metro stops working

TCLN Ryster said,
Anybody yet found a way of having a different default browser on the desktop, than in Metro?

I want to use Chrome as my default on the desktop, while keeping IE10 Metro working on the Metro interface. At present, the moment you make another browser your default, IE10 Metro stops working


Yeah I hate that too. So I haven't made Chrome default. Because I found out, even if you have Chrome as default. Links will still always open in IE10 Desktop. No links will open in Chrome regardless if it's default.
Hopefully it'll be fixed by RC or RTM.

Microsoft could make everyone happy by adding a mode that enables the old start menu again. Then for everyone else who wants to move ahead with Metro can have the full Windows 8 experience.

Installed in Virtualbox. Runs perfectly.

First impression after +3 hours:
Metro: Minimalistic, smooth and gets the thing done in a fresh way. Great use of shortcuts. I also love the simple browser and map.
Desktop: Speedy, the Task Manager is spot on when in full detail. Easy to navigate.

I could easily see myself sit in metro more than in the desktop.

Excited to see the final product.

rass0 said,
I could easily see myself sit in metro more than in the desktop.

Agreed. We just need app developers to hurry up and release some quality apps to replace some of the desktop versions we have right now.

The apps we have now are just a sampling to wet our appetites

rass0 said,
Installed in Virtualbox. Runs perfectly.

First impression after +3 hours:
Metro: Minimalistic, smooth and gets the thing done in a fresh way. Great use of shortcuts. I also love the simple browser and map.
Desktop: Speedy, the Task Manager is spot on when in full detail. Easy to navigate.

I could easily see myself sit in metro more than in the desktop.

Excited to see the final product.

In the Dev Prev I was in desktop mode more than Metro due to the limitations I experienced, however with the CP I am in Metro as much as possible.

I agree with your comments on ease of use + speed - its so easy to use I am struggling to understand why so many people are moaning about stuff so much

@thealexweb
No virtualbox? works fine here.. 64 bit version runs like a charm.. Nothing special, just selected a windows8 64bit machine and setup..

paulheu said,
@thealexweb
No virtualbox? works fine here.. 64 bit version runs like a charm.. Nothing special, just selected a windows8 64bit machine and setup..

In general, Virtualbox sucks. Worked here on VMWare.

Great news! Hopefully some of the constructive criticisms will be tended to by Microsoft before the final product is released later on this year

Then I hope people are contacting Microsoft directly, because I doubt all the whining done on this site will do a damn bit of good.

COKid said,
Then I hope people are contacting Microsoft directly, because I doubt all the whining done on this site will do a damn bit of good.

True. I just hope they eventually put up some kind of official bug reporting mechanism rather than the crappy Microsoft Answers forum they're using at the moment, full of really numpty "how do I do this?" type questions.

veternan said,
And Please, Next tomorrow tell us how many people hit delete to remove Windows 8 ISO file from their PCs?

Troll. Not everybody is dumb witted and expects Windows 8 to be identical to Windows 7. It's very different as an OS by design, and expecting it to be the same as Windows 7 is your fault, not Microsoft's. As I've said in other threads, Windows 8 takes a lot of getting used to. Not because it's bad, but because it is VASTLY different to anything they've done before. You need to give yourself time (I mean more than a few hours, or a day) to get used to where everything is and how stuff works. If you're going to write it off without giving yourself a fair chance to get used to it, then just leave right now and don't bother commenting on it again. Please.

Edited by Ryster, Mar 1 2012, 9:49pm :

TCLN Ryster said,

Troll. Not everybody is dumb witted and expects Windows 8 to be identical to Windows 7. It's very different as an OS by design, and expecting it to be the same as Windows 7 is your fault, not Microsoft's.

No one wants something the same as Windows 7 or XP or blah blah; People wants new, fast OS for their PCs not for some touchable mobile or tablets!! And If Microsoft wants to merge Windows Phone Metro to PC Windows so it can be done much better but Win8 CP is disaster for powerful Desktop/PC with no touch, got it?!

***"PC" means Computer or Laptop with Mouse-Keyboard and base on Intel x86 technology.

veternan said,

No one wants something the same as Windows 7 or XP or blah blah; People wants new, fast OS for their PCs not for some touchable mobile or tablets!! And If Microsoft wants to merge Windows Phone Metro to PC Windows so it can be done much better but Win8 CP is disaster for powerful Desktop/PC with no touch, got it?!

***"PC" means Computer or Laptop with Mouse-Keyboard and base on Intel x86 technology.

Man, are you clueless. Win8 is smoking fast on decent hardware (even on not so decent hardware). Have you even tried using it? I'm gonna guess, NO.

ahhell said,

Man, are you clueless. Win8 is smoking fast on decent hardware (even on not so decent hardware). Have you even tried using it? I'm gonna guess, NO.

Indeed. Windows 8 is far from a "disaster for powerful Desktop/PC with no touch" as veternan states. While it takes some getting used to, I have yet to find anything I can't do on Windows 8 just as well or as fast as I could on Windows 7. Including high-end gaming, word processing, graphics design, website design and video playback. And all without touch.

veternan said,

No one wants something the same as Windows 7 or XP or blah blah; People wants new, fast OS for their PCs not for some touchable mobile or tablets!! And If Microsoft wants to merge Windows Phone Metro to PC Windows so it can be done much better but Win8 CP is disaster for powerful Desktop/PC with no touch, got it?!

***"PC" means Computer or Laptop with Mouse-Keyboard and base on Intel x86 technology.

Windows 8 IS a "new, fast OS for their PC". The fact that you can't (or perhaps don't want) to get to know the new OS says more about you, than the new OS. Also just to stress, I don't have a touch screen yet I am able use Windows 8 perfectly well. What does that say about you? Got it?!

Edited by Ryster, Mar 1 2012, 9:10pm :

veternan said,
And Please, Next tomorrow tell us how many people hit delete to remove Windows 8 ISO file from their PCs?

must be really eating into you how great it is. now you realize you wasted your months worth paycheck from mcdonalds on an android device.

vcfan said,

must be really eating into you how great it is. now you realize you wasted your months worth paycheck from mcdonalds on an android device.

Lol funny

TCLN Ryster said,

Indeed. Windows 8 is far from a "disaster for powerful Desktop/PC with no touch" as veternan states. While it takes some getting used to, I have yet to find anything I can't do on Windows 8 just as well or as fast as I could on Windows 7. Including high-end gaming, word processing, graphics design, website design and video playback. And all without touch.

Windows 8 IS a "new, fast OS for their PC". The fact that you can't (or perhaps don't want) to get to know the new OS says more about you, than the new OS. Also just to stress, I don't have a touch screen yet I am able use Windows 8 perfectly well. What does that say about you? Got it?!

The fact you like it and find W8 comfortable to use does not mean that your feelings and impressions are something everybody else has to agree with.
Please note that I do not have a problem with people with a different opinion, what I cannot stand are self -proclaimed high priests who are all too quick attempting to mark other individuals who disagree with their opinions as "trolls", "people who never tried the OS" etc.
I have been using W8 since DP was available, I am using the CP build now and I still have the feeling that I am dealing with something with an idea with lot of potential.............but still half baked.
I understand that we live in a society that does not encourage free thinking but in my World, and I add "thanks God", the fact that your opinion is different does not make me think you are a "troll" etc. etc. but just someone with a different opinion.

TCLN Ryster said,

Indeed. Windows 8 is far from a "disaster for powerful Desktop/PC with no touch" as veternan states. While it takes some getting used to, I have yet to find anything I can't do on Windows 8 just as well or as fast as I could on Windows 7. Including high-end gaming, word processing, graphics design, website design and video playback. And all without touch.

Windows 8 IS a "new, fast OS for their PC". The fact that you can't (or perhaps don't want) to get to know the new OS says more about you, than the new OS. Also just to stress, I don't have a touch screen yet I am able use Windows 8 perfectly well. What does that say about you? Got it?!

+1/Precisely.

In fact, I'm banishing (done so already, in fact) Windows 7 to VM duty.

Traditional desktop PC with standard (albeit wireless) keyboard, mouse, and display. After testing the upgrade process, I backed up what needed backing up, blanked the Windows 7 drive, and installed the CP clean.

I've put all my applications and games back and, just as was the case in the DP (with a smaller application and game test pool) nothing broke. Not one single application OR game that I ran in 7 has failed to run in 8 CP.

thealexweb said,
I downloaded it but couldn't get it to work in VirtualBox, bios woes :-/

I installed it fine on vbox 4.1.8.

"To be fair, I downloaded it something like 4 times. " is the first reply on the tweet post..

I downloaded it twice though... whatever it is that's an impressive download.