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#1 scaramonga

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:26 PM

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The day many have been waiting for has finally arrived. The Windows 8 consumer preview is now available for download at the following links below. There is also a link for Admin tools.

The consumer preview represents the first look in to Windows 8 that is, as the name denotes, intended to let consumers try out the new OS. The previously released version, the Windows Developers Preview, was locked down and only provided a limited look at what the new OS has to offer.

Once you do get the OS installed, make sure to let us know how Windows 8 works for you. Remember, this build of Windows 8 is not a final product and as such may have bugs or other quirks that can cause the system to crash or applications to hang.

The download links are posted below.

Windows Consumer Preview site: http://windows.micro...onsumer-preview
Windows Preview site: http://preview.windows.com
TechNet: http://technet.micro...er/default.aspx

Windows 8 CP x64: Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
Windows 8 CP x86: Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Windows 8 CP Other languages: Download Here
Windows 8 CP Admin Tools: Download Here


System Requirements
Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

  • 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


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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:15 PM

*Edit* (scaramonga)

Direct links are above and now live.

Thanks Scara!

I have over two hours left on the download-

Edited by Roadrunner, 29 February 2012 - 03:28 PM.


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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:29 PM

This is exciting! Thanks Scara! :handshake: :flower:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

I first tried using the "Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup" and it checked my system and started downloading windows 8 automatically.
Since that was not what I wanted I stopped it and went to the ISO download.

But it did give me a product key for windows 8 after it checked my system and said I may need it later.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:51 PM

Microsoft says that every single application available in its Windows Store will be free while the Consumer Preview is available.



The company said today at its address at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that all applications in its Windows Store will be available for free. There is just one catch, however: the deal will only be available in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Microsoft didn't say how many applications are currently available in its Windows Store, but did point out that more titles will be coming to the marketplace over time. Once the official retail version of Windows 8 launches, many of the applications consumers have come to know and love will be offered at a price.



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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

All applications?
Well, that will be my first stop after I install 8.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:40 PM

Running the compatibility on my system throws up the first casualty...

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Along with 1 game that apparently needs an update :thinking:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

If you are looking for a good installation guide that goes through all the steps and shares the product key required to install the Consumer Preview, check this guide:

http://www.7tutorial...ation-windows-8

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:27 AM

Well, they are gonna have to do some pretty drastic changes before this heap of crap goes on sale lol. Still, they have time, January 16th 2013, they may make it? - Good luck! lol

(wiping lappy for Win 7 install as we speak)

All I'll say lol. :)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:09 AM

haha. i just can't get myself to install it...

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:22 AM

View Postm.oreilly, on 01 March 2012 - 02:09 AM, said:

haha. i just can't get myself to install it...

Please don't mo, lol, just go into a deep sleep and imagine it's 2 years ago ;) You will be fine, and I'll help you through it ;) Listening to ABBA or the Bee Gees helps, yes, but it's only gonna get you so far buddy...

If I wanted my PC to look, act, or operate like an XBox or Windows 7 Phone, then I would have bought one or all of the aforementioned, apart from the PC, as it is a PC, and I own it, and want it to remain so, as in a PC, with a proper PC OS software running on it!

Yup, be careful buddy, you know I'm right :)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:29 AM

even after turning off the metro? i keep hearing how bad it is to find a way just to be able to shut down...is this true? if so, how on earth can they expect one to do anythig productive with this 'os'?

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:40 AM

View Postm.oreilly, on 01 March 2012 - 02:29 AM, said:

even after turning off the metro? i keep hearing how bad it is to find a way just to be able to shut down...is this true? if so, how on earth can they expect one to do anythig productive with this 'os'?

Install it on a spare system if you have one, lol, but be prepared to wipe it afterwards ;) I installed it on my lappy (no harm) and I just can't bear to use it as an everyday OS, maybe not for me I guess?, but it's getting the same results around so I see :)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:32 AM

I see it as a tablet OS.
It is pretty stable and has some cool apps but really is not a big step from 7.
I can put different backgrounds on my dual monitors but other than that I haven't found a reason to switch yet.
You should try it for yourself to check it out.
I used a spare drive which is the only way I would try it myself.
If I had the right tablet then I would probably like it much more!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:26 PM

:emo: Thanks for the WARNING!! Rik now ,after readin Mo and Roady's comments I reckon I'll skip this hunk o shiit hehe, W7 still runs sublimely on me rig :inlove: :giggle:




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