If you have been keeping tabs on what has been making Microsoft busy lately, then you'll know that they are currently hard at work developing their new desktop operating system, Windows 8. And today during the BUILD conference, Microsoft finally showed an extensive demo of the much awaited follow-up to the highly successful Windows 7. If you are a Microsoft fan and can't wait to try out the new Windows yourself, then we are pleased to inform that the software giant has finally released a developer preview build of Windows 8. And nope, you do not need to be an actual developer to access this Windows 8 beta because it is open for everyone.
Yes, you heard it right. The same developer preview of Windows 8 that was released to developers during the BUILD conference today is also made available to the average computer users, and that means you. And the best part is, you can access this version of Windows 8 for free and it requires no registration. All you need to do is download an ISO file of Windows 8 (download links are below) and that's pretty much it. The size of the .iso file is quite large which ranges from 2+ GB to 4+ GB (depending on the version) but it shouldn't take too long for a high speed connection. It is recommended that you download the file using a download manager if you want to pause and resume the download at a later time.
There are three versions of Windows 8 developers preview that are available for you to download. First is the 64-bit version with built-in developer tools, second is the 64-bit version without the developer tools and last is the 32-bit version without the developer tools. All versions should work similarly, so if you are a casual user and simply want to give Windows 8 a shot, then it is recommended that you go for the versions sans the developer tools.
Before you decide to install the Developer Review build of Windows 8, you have to keep in mind that since it is still in an early development state, only clean installs are supported at the moment. So no, you can't upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7 as of now. How about hardware requirements? For minimum requirements you will be needing: 1GHz Processor, 1 GB of memory, 16 GB of free hard drive space and a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. So if you have a machine that's capable of running Windows 7, then you should be good to go. If you are planning to give the multi-touch features of Windows 8 a whirl, then obviously you will be needing the appropriate hardware.
Windows 8 is marketed by Microsoft to be an operating system that would "change everything." Based on the past screenshots and demonstration of the system, it definitely looks like a big departure from the Windows that we are all familiar of, especially with regards to the GUI. Microsoft has promised that it will issue periodic updates for the Windows 8 Developer Preview build in order to keep things fresh.
Windows 8 Developer Preview Download Links:
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build with Developer Tools (64-bit)
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build without Developer Tools (64-bit)
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Build without Developer Tools (32-bit)
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