How to Download Windows 8 Beta Consumer Preview

March 1st, 2012 at 5:12 am

Microsoft has just released a preview of Windows 8, which ordinary consumers like you and me can download for free. Expect the Windows 8 beta Consumer Preview to sport the “Metro” tile-happy design, the inclusion of touch-based controls, Windows app store, cloud services linking PCs and Windows Phones, and Internet Explorer 10 among others

Before downloading the Windows 8 beta, make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:
* A processor with 1GB or faster
* 1GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
* 16GB hard drive for 32-bit, 20GB for 64-bit
* A graphics card with support for Microsoft DirectX 9 or higher

Note that some features on this OS would not work without certain specifics. For instance, the touch control would obviously require a touch screen monitor or tablet; access to Windows Store requires an Internet connection as well as a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768; while the Snap feature, which allows you to split the screen between two apps needs a resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

Has your system met the requirements? Good, now go to

There are two ways to install Windows 8 beta. The more simple method is to click “Get it now,” then enter your e-mail address and country of residence (optional), and download away. The process would automatically detect the appropriate version for your device. From there, you can either overwrite your current OS or set up a partition using tools such as Easeus Partition Master before installation.

The second method requires above-basic knowledge about computers. From the same Windows site, click the ISO format link and type in the required information. Choose the appropriate version for your system (either 320bit or 64-bit), as well as your preferred language (including French, Japanese, German, and Chinese). Download the provided ISO for your system and save it in a disc or thumbdrive. If your system still runs on Windows XP, you need a separate program to convert the ISO to an installer, which most DVD burners have.

If your system runs on Vista or Windows 7, you can use the Windows 7 USB/ DVD download tool from the Microsoft Store. Download the software, run it, and bring it to the Windows 8 ISO source file you have downloaded. After which, choose the appropriate USB device or DVD, insert the flash drive or disc, and begin copying.

Tell us how you find the Windows 8 beta at the comments.

Source: CNET


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