Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Download Microsoft Windows 8 operating system (consumer preview) for free

Extract from Microsoft website are in quotes
  • "Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released"
  • There are 2 different download options. Download the Setup program or download the ISO image. If you want to install the preview version in a different partition on hard drive (dual boot mode) or if you want to replace your existing windows XP or windows 7 with the Windows 8 preview, you can choose the option 1 (Setup file download)
  • "Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Consumer Preview and select the right download."
"What happens when I download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup?
When you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup, the following happens:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup checks your PC to see if it can run the consumer preview, and provides a compatibility report that you can save or print (make sure your devices are connected to your PC and turned on before you run the Setup program). The Setup program then selects the optimized version of the download (up to 25% smaller) that is right for your PC (32-bit or 64-bit).

The built-in download manager lets you start, stop, and resume the download at any time.

Once Windows 8 Consumer Preview is downloaded, you choose how and when to install it. You can install on the current drive or you can make an ISO or bootable flash drive for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on another partition, virtual machine, or another PC (requires Windows Vista or Windows 7)."

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