Thursday, September 15, 2011

Download link to the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Installation instructions

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Microsoft has recently released the Developer Preview edition of their upcoming Windows Desktop family Operating System, codenamed Windows 8. The new Windows version has moved far away from the traditional appearance of earlier Windows Operating Systems, especially in terms of Graphical User Interface (GUI). The new design of Windows is basically made to support Tablet PCs as well, along with Laptops and Desktops. Microsoft foresees the current trends in the Tablet PC market, since the launch of Apple's iPAD in 2010. Here I have just collected Download links to the Microsoft Windows Developer preview editions.

Please read the below release note by Microsoft before the installation.

"The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include pre-release software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software".

Note: This Operating System is packaged as ISO image. You have to use an ISO image read to run the file. Such as Power ISO

Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview

DOWNLOAD (x64 version) - Key – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
DOWNLOAD (x86 version) -  Key - 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC

 System requirements

    1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    1 gigabyte (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
   
I have not yet tested the developer preview. So I am not sure if it will support VMWare Workstation platform. I will try to install soon and get back with more details.

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