Approximately 5 months since the release of Windows Developer Preview 8 September 2011 and, finally today Microsoft officially released Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The latest release is not the final version of Windows 8, but still a preview version. This is a free preview version of the final version later when it must pay. Judging from its name, Windows 8 Consumer Preview mean this version can be enjoyed by the general public (consumers). Consumer version of Preview is claimed there are more than 100 thousand changes compared Developer Preview version. Well, yes quite a lot too. And I saw also the look of Windows 8 Consumer Preview is much different than Windows 8 Developer Preview.
Some new features available in Windows 8 Consumer Preview include:
- New bootscreen
- New branding
- New shortcut menu
- New way to close Immersive Apps
- New start button (V 2.0)
- New Aero lite theme
- New Ribbon Organisation
- New touch keyboard splitted Organisation
- Microsoft applications preinstalled and more than 100 applications available on WinStore
- And much more
Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released in various languages such as English, Chinese, French, German and Japanese. To download the file sizes are not much different from Windows 8 Developer Preview is for Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit versions of about 2.5 GB and 64-bit versions of about 3.3 GB.
Myself also in the process of downloading Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit, the size is somewhat piecemeal, still 6 hours away. But it seems will be continued tomorrow because I get brandwith Smartfren 1 GB per day.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview should run on the same hardware that powers Windows 7 today. In general, you can expect Windows 8 Consumer Preview to run on a PC with the following:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
Who want to try out new features in Windows 8 Consumer Preview this I will give the link download the English version, yes, for other versions may directly into Microsoft Sites.
Download English Version
64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
File download in ISO form, so to be installed must diburn first into the DVD. Who have managed to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview this should not be directly installed on the computer or do not serve as the primary operating system. I suggest to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview dual boot with Windows you are using right now. Or those of you who just want to try to use the VirtualBox software.
If you’ve read all of that, and you’re ready to give it a try, then let’s go!
click here to download now.
Enjoy with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.