Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a Windows 8 preview version… we have good news! You can now download the consumer preview right now from Microsoft from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview.

We have already tried installing this new preview OS on an older laptop and surprisingly enough it worked even faster than Windows 7! The new Metro UI will take some time to get used to, and there are some tricks one must learn to see where the usual items are (or the lack of) but in about 10 minutes i was using the system fluently.

Wanna give it a go?

Just download the Consumer Preview Setup exe from here, and it will decide which version of Windows 8 is right for your system. It’ll tell you which of your apps are compatible with Windows 8 (if you want to upgrade your current system), grab you a product key, and download any tools you may need to create an ISO or bootable flash drive.

If you prefer, though, you can just grab a regular ISO image here, in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. While you can upgrade your system to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, only upgrading from Windows 7 will be treated as a full upgrade. Upgrading from XP or the Windows 8 Developer Preview will only save your user accounts and files, but you’ll lose your Windows settings and programs (so you may want to dual-boot or install it in a virtual machine instead). You can read more about the system requirements and other details at the FAQ.

Via : Lifehacker

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