Windows 8 Consumer Preview (formerly know as Beta) is Live!

Today marks a turning point in Microsoft’s history. A new operating system. A new interface. A new direction, so to speak.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has just been released for you to try as what is called a “Consumer Preview”. It is a chance for you to install the operating system in a dual boot configuration, in a virtual machine, or directly on a machine you can play on without endangering your daily productivity! I’m downloading my copy now and you should too!

The biggest change will be the new primary (in most cases) user interface named Metro. Microsoft’s goal is to create a user interface that will transcend devices and provide familiarity to the user no matter what Microsoft based device they encounter. Be prepared for different, but please approach this with an open mind. Change is not always bad.

Windows 8 should function well on any computer currently running Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Windows 8 System Requirements are:

  • 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

Downloads are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit as well as English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview may be downloaded at Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview site.

Be sure to stop back here and leave a comment with your experiences!


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David Hartsock

Executive Editor/Owner/Admin of Daves Computer Tips and all-around good guy - Dave's interest in computers began in the early 1980's during the Apple II era. In the early 1990's the PC began to replace proprietary and mainframe devices in Dave's industry so he began to learn and experiment with the PC. Through DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 10. Dave became the "go to" guy for friends, family, and coworkers with computer problems. Daves Computer Tips was born in 2006 in an effort to share these experiences with others in an easy to understand, plain English, form.

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