Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available for download

Microsoft recently made the latest and bestest Windows 8 version, Consumer Preview, available for downloading. If you want to experience the upcoming Windows 8 this early, or simply want something different on your laptop, the Windows 8 is for you.

Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 is characterized by the Metro style theme found in Windows Phones and this should translate well for touchscreen devices. It’s really a refreshing look but if you want to go hardcore or you feel disoriented with the new UI, there’s still the option to switch to the familiar Desktop view.

I highly recommend watching this demo video of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:

Really nice huh? I think it will really change the way we do or see computing. Microsoft really did a bang up job marrying the tablet and desktop experience in one platform even though the gestures for the touch devices strongly remind me of the BB PlayBook.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview System Requirements:

  • 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

Take note for netbook owners who wants to run this, to access the Windows Store, download and run apps, a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 is required.

To download, simply head to the Windows 8 Download page and get your Setup file. Here are the file sizes you will be dealing with but download resume is supported.

  • Setup file ““ 5MB
  • 32-bit Windows 8 Consumer Preview ““ 1.5GB
  • 64-bit Windows 8 Consumer Preview ““ 1.9GB

For more information, I suggest reading the FAQs Microsoft prepared.

Anybody tried this release yet? Do share how the installation went for you and how the new OS feels like.

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  • josh

    Hi, Sir Calvin can i install this on my desktop? pero windows vista OS! I want this!! Thanks

    • you might want to make a partition for it.i would.

      • josh

        what do u mean?

      • use something like partition wizard to create another partition on your drive c. then install windows 8 just to be safe na hindi magconflict sa current OS mo. and if you want to delete windows 8, just delete the partition.

      • Onnie

        Better yet, install it on a Microsoft Virtual PC to be safe.

  • Anonymous

    Many will back out on the new UI since its a huge change to the usual windows OS, but at least try it for a few days. Metro is not that bad.

    There’s also this claim that its faster than W7

    • and at least there’s still the option to switch to old Desktop view.

  • steelicon

    Does not work well with Ntrig Digitizer TX2-1325AU.

  • Sir calvin trial version lang ba tong consumer preview?

  • here’s a tutorial I have created so far it looks great 🙂!

  • Griswold

    i’ll just wait for the released version, thanks! but this consumer preview already looks awesome!

  • R2

    mr. Calvin, is it okay if I dualboot windows 7&8 and then, delete the win7 partition so that win8 will be my primary OS? thanks!

    • i wouldn’t do that. this is still not the final release so some software/drivers might not work with it. stick with the dual boot.

    • R2

      thanks, I made it my primary system by the way, everything works smoothly and all of my favorite apps work just fine. windows 8 FTW!

  • Hapi smiley

    Hi, been trying this windows 8 consumer preview amd so far, the ff. are my observation:

    1. The UI is fluid and presents you with all the notification updates you have or will need (i.e. Email, messages, xbox)
    2. The software both works with touch screen, as well as trackpad and mouse clicks
    3. On the other hand, with this kind of UI, your notebook or desktop now functions more as a social media device rather than a productive tool. In fact, it feels more of the “smartphonification” of laptops.
    4. I don’t want to judge this version of windows, as it still is on its preview stage, however, If I already have an ipad or an android tablet (not to mention a smartphone) w/c pretty does the same thing, would I still want it on my laptop? Or would I rather have a software that will make me even more productive, whether as a student,a parent or a businessman?

    • true! smartphonification indeed. hehehe. it will dramatically change the way you compute so it’s still a good thing that they retained that Desktop view. if you’re only using your PC for surfing, gaming and media then the Metro theme will do.
      thanks for sharing!