Windows 8 Consumer Preview screenshot extravaganza

It has been an exciting past 24 hours with the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and all, and so far we're all enjoying going through and looking at the new features present in Windows 8. As we were browsing through the new features, we took a mountain of screenshots to share with anyone that may need them.

All 95 images are watermark free in our gallery and can be used anywhere you like. Unfortunately our gallery manager downsizes them to 1024 x 576, so if you would like the collection in the original 1920 x 1080 please download this zip file containing all of them.

Enjoy, and have fun with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview!

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It looks like a great OS for tablets with touch screens but It's not very practical for a PC. I am really hoping that MS proves me wrong...

Like I been saying for over a year Windows 8 will be a complete fail and heads will roll.. But of course I was called a troll and a MS hater etc etc etc..... Well, looks like I was right on target.

how about you give us 100 screenshots from desktop mode. You couldn't pay me to use metro (except £1m then i'd make an exception).

They just got Windows nice and stable with Windows 7, people are starting to like it and migrate and now they bring out this.
Seriously, I like MS but I'm not sure about this AT ALL, I have my concerns about how business as well as home users will adapt to this.
I get why people want a mac, seriously. If you don't game and you are not a hardware enthusiast it's easy...

Going to install tonight. Familiarity is key with having a WP7 and I can see so much from that and the new Metro 360 Dashboard. Loving this so far.
Also, image 49, I have that New York image too, got it from Interfacelift.

Microsoft really dropped the ball on this. I can't believe they have completely disregarded desktop users. I couldn't care less about this tablet OS, and I sure as hell don't care about mum and dad simple users.

Problem with the whole "I'll wait for the next one" argument, I can't see this bull**** going away.

Nashy said,
Microsoft really dropped the ball on this. I can't believe they have completely disregarded desktop users. I couldn't care less about this tablet OS, and I sure as hell don't care about mum and dad simple users.

Problem with the whole "I'll wait for the next one" argument, I can't see this bull**** going away.


Not necessarily. The reason the tablet OS side of things is getting the public outing is because this is supposed to be the year of the tablet. Plus MS are showing that they can provide a good tablet OS, that is more capable than the current Android and iOS ones out there. Remember, this tablet will run all the same Windows applications that you have installed at the moment on your desktop (within reason of course).

Nashy said,
Microsoft really dropped the ball on this. I can't believe they have completely disregarded desktop users. I couldn't care less about this tablet OS, and I sure as hell don't care about mum and dad simple users.

Problem with the whole "I'll wait for the next one" argument, I can't see this bull**** going away.

Ok, I'll bite. As a "desktop user" what task can you NOT do in Windows 8 than you could in Windows 7? I have yet to find anything that I can't do in 8, that I could in 7.

The issue here is that Windows 8 is different. It's supposed to be, it's DESIGNED and ADVERTISED to be. Going into Windows 8 expecting everything to look and work the same as Windows 7 is more a failing on your part, than with the new OS.

yeoo_andy_ni said,

Not necessarily. The reason the tablet OS side of things is getting the public outing is because this is supposed to be the year of the tablet. Plus MS are showing that they can provide a good tablet OS, that is more capable than the current Android and iOS ones out there. Remember, this tablet will run all the same Windows applications that you have installed at the moment on your desktop (within reason of course).

Could not care one little bit what my tablet can do.

This metro stuff is great for tablets. However, my PC is in no way a tablet, and I shouldn't be forced to make it look and operate as one.

I really don't like th direction WIn 8 is heading. The metro thing seems better for a tablet and so are the apps. As it is I can work much faster in WIn 7.

Keep in mind that these are screens of the Metro apps. The desktop stuff is essentially unchanged as far as looks go. I love the simplicity of the metro apps. Clean and to the point.

At first I was thinking Win8 was going to be some kind of April fools joke with Metro and all. The nightmare just came true.

If Win9 is the same, I'll be switching to Mac or Linux (Thanks Microsoft) even though I been getting familiar with Linux Mint already, to be prepared for the switch.

Win8 is a great opportunity for Linux and Apple to spam users with ads to switch.

If anyone didn't figure out what I meant by emphasizing installed is that I formatted my partition back to Windows 7 within 10 minutes of using it...it was that bad.

steelers4life727 said,
If anyone didn't figure out what I meant by emphasizing installed is that I formatted my partition back to Windows 7 within 10 minutes of using it...it was that bad.

You used it for 10 minutes? and what did you do in that vast amount of time?

Enron said,

You used it for 10 minutes? and what did you do in that vast amount of time?

He clearly doesn't understand what he's doing when it comes to computers.

steelers4life727 said,
If anyone didn't figure out what I meant by emphasizing installed is that I formatted my partition back to Windows 7 within 10 minutes of using it...it was that bad.

10 minutes? Use it for a few days and you'll realize how useless the start button was. I hardly used it in the first place but now that it's gone I honestly don't miss it one bit.

steelers4life727 said,
If anyone didn't figure out what I meant by emphasizing installed is that I formatted my partition back to Windows 7 within 10 minutes of using it...it was that bad.

The fact you only gave it 10 minutes makes your opinion completely and utterly worthless.

You simply cannot get used to a new OS as different as Windows 8 is in just 10 minutes. Personally I'm liking it, but I'm still getting used to where everything is almost a day later.

I installed(keyword: installed) windows 8 last night. I mean seriously?? This is the new OS? I've never seen such a disgrace as far as Microsoft is concerned. I have enjoyed almost every version since 95 and this by far is the worst ever. I will not be upgrading past 7. Looks like my future OS may be OS X or Linux. They ruined the design completely with Metro and taking away the Start Menu. Apple may be a winner with Mountain Lion.

What's the problem with you guys? I installed it natively on my desktop and it's just SICK.
The integration, the fluidness... Everything just fits together. Even my anti-metro UI friend made the switch after all and he hasn't regret it since.

It seems that Microsoft has leaped without looking with Windows 8. The traditional desktop, as we all know it, is very much alive; it seems Microsoft has forgotten all about it, and is now riding headlong, aboard a rather ugly steed into the land of the touchscreen.

This truly is the work of the devil.

DeemanXu™ said,
It seems that Microsoft has leaped without looking with Windows 8. The traditional desktop, as we all know it, is very much alive; it seems Microsoft has forgotten all about it, and is now riding headlong, aboard a rather ugly steed into the land of the touchscreen.

This truly is the work of the devil.

No, I don't think they have forgotten the traditional PC at all. The thing is they have seen the iPad and how successful it is and they are terrified. This is because it's ushering in a new era of personal computing and MS is trying to keep Windows relevant in this new world.

MS see the traditional PC becoming more of a niche thing (mainly gamers and professionals who need the power of a desktop) while the general populous are moving aways from PCs and towards tablet PCs and interconnected devices (like settop boxes etc). Hence why Win8 is more targeted at touchscreen enabled devices (but still is a traditional desktop OS, MS won't completely abandon that...yet). This is purely my opinion on the matter, so take with a grain of salt.

Windows 8 ain't worth it for me, as a desktop user, I will wait and see how the next version of Windows will be, until then I'm staying with XP or 7 (if no drivers for XP).

Saex_Conroy said,
Windows 8 ain't worth it for me, as a desktop user, I will wait and see how the next version of Windows will be, until then I'm staying with XP or 7 (if no drivers for XP).

Why would you still use Windows XP when you can use Windows 7?

Callum said,

Why would you still use Windows XP when you can use Windows 7?

Because Windows 7 has no visible features that make it superior to XP, the only visible difference is that it has requirements 16 times bigger than the ones of XP.

Saex_Conroy said,

Because Windows 7 has no visible features that make it superior to XP, the only visible difference is that it has requirements 16 times bigger than the ones of XP.


Fair enough, if that's your opinion I just wondered, as I believe Windows 7 has many benefits over XP (Aero Snap is one that comes to my mind straight away). Each to their own, though

Saex_Conroy said,

Because Windows 7 has no visible features that make it superior to XP, the only visible difference is that it has requirements 16 times bigger than the ones of XP.

Depends on what you use it for. XP is garbage for me because I can't run the latest Adobe suite (Premeire CS5.5 is 64 bit ONLY). So that leaves me in the dust and unable to complete my job duties as easily. I like being able to have a lot of RAM at my disposal as well. XP is fine otherwise...

I'm also a desktop user but I will upgrade to 8 because I can stay on the desktop for as long as I please. I'll have my desktop apps as shortcuts, as they already are now.

laserfloyd said,

Depends on what you use it for. XP is garbage for me because I can't run the latest Adobe suite (Premeire CS5.5 is 64 bit ONLY). So that leaves me in the dust and unable to complete my job duties as easily. I like being able to have a lot of RAM at my disposal as well. XP is fine otherwise...

I'm also a desktop user but I will upgrade to 8 because I can stay on the desktop for as long as I please. I'll have my desktop apps as shortcuts, as they already are now.

This is part of the marketing. XP is good, it could even be the last Windows version made, but there are always unsatisfied users and such who desire more. That's where new versions come in - they look different and have some new features. The old OS, on the other hand stops being supported by applications like the one you mentioned - that's the partnership between the OS developers and 3rd party application developers.

If they had decided to support the old thing, they could have still supported XP, release official themes so that it can look different and stuff, but they need to make money, so that's why new versions of everything comes out.


(I should point out that right now I'm high and that might affect my thinking.)

Saex_Conroy said,

Because Windows 7 has no visible features that make it superior to XP, the only visible difference is that it has requirements 16 times bigger than the ones of XP.


DirectX 11 just to mention one

g0dlike said,
It really looks and feels (I installed it yesterday in a VM) like ****.

You should try it on a desktop system with multiple monitors, lol. The changes in Explorer are great, the speed is great and the multiple-monitor options are better then it is in Windows 7.

But around every corner Metro awaits, and it is horrible to use!

I removed all the crappy Metro applications and use the startscreen as a shortcut panel to my normal apps. Now it's much better to use, and I enjoy the new features in the desktopmode. To bad you can't get fully rid of Metro though..

I can't help but feel like I'm just looking at a cut down version of ICS... Windows was knowing for it's massive number of features, and metro seems like taking the simple ideas of Android/iOS to a new extreme. The real question is do I want such a system to replace windows...

Phalanger said,
I can't help but feel like I'm just looking at a cut down version of ICS... Windows was knowing for it's massive number of features, and metro seems like taking the simple ideas of Android/iOS to a new extreme. The real question is do I want such a system to replace windows...

Tell me, what function could you do in Windows 7 that you cannot do in Windows 8?

TCLN Ryster said,

Tell me, what function could you do in Windows 7 that you cannot do in Windows 8?

An example: when searching files in the start menu, right-click -> send (or open with).
I can't seem to do that with Metro start screen.

Tablet industry will get a big boost out of this. But for the desktop, this is a total mess. It looks ugly, it has no use at all, the Metro-apps are not made for a big screen, mouse and keyboard and when you have multiple monitors, Metro is the weirdest thing you'll ever use.

Kill it with fire!

Mobile World Congress 2012: Where are the Windows 8 tablets? Seriously, no major vendor announced Windows 8 tablets! Where are they?

Kill it with fire. This is so bland and boring and not appropriate for desktops or notebooks. I think I'll wait till they can make a proper operating system to use before I upgrade in future. Windows 7 will do fine until then.

Aletheia said,
Nice. Feels like I already know the OS due to using Windows Phone 7.

Yep, that is the point. MS want a unified experience across PC, Tablet, Phone and Xbox. Rather then having to learn how to use each one, once you know how to use one you can use them all with ease. It's a very good idea in concept but let's see how it pans out in the long term.

Authentic X said,
it looks hideous for a pc
Absolutely agree. I hate hate HATE it on a PC. I find myself using Desktop mode, and with that, why bother upgrading from 7?

And yes, I am using the CP. I have it in a virtual machine.

Nice collection of screenshots Some of it is already looking fairly polished, other parts not so much.

@Tim Schiesser: Bonus points for having more than 1 Transatlantic album *and* Turtleneck & Chain! LOL