Well I still remember the first version of Windows 8 which got leaked way back in Sept ’10, which was 32 bit, build 7850. But there was nothing much for users to explore in it. In Sept ’11, Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 Developers preview which was available for download. It was made available for app developers to develop and test “metro style apps”.
On 29th Feb. ’12, Microsoft released Windows 8 Beta version or Consumer Preview version for users to download and test. Microsoft claims that more than 100,000 changes have been made since they released developer’s version. It doesn’t have full features as Windows 8 is still under development. We will be covering the different features of Windows 8 in our upcoming articles. Till then if you want to download and install it in your machine or on a virtual machine, you can download Windows 8 beta from the below link. Do check out the minimum requirements for Windows 8 before downloading. If your machine supports Windows 7, then apart from few features, Windows 8 is supposed to work fine on your machine.
- 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
Download Consumer Preview Setup first and run it to check compatibility on your machine. This setup will check if your machine can run Windows 8 Beta version and will select the right download for you. Download it from the link below:
Compatibility Check Setup: Consumer Preview Compatibility Check
Microsoft has launched Windows 8 Beta version in the following languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German and Japanese. Grab your copy of Windows 8 from the link given below:
ISO Image: Windows 8 Beta
You can also upgrade your machine to Windows 8 Beta version if you are running Windows7, Windows Xp, Windows Vista or Windows 8 Developer Preview.
The universal product key for Windows 8 is NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8.
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