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How To Download Windows 8 NOW


It’s Official – is the download link for Windows 8 Pre-beta for developers.  Although originally I thought you might need an MSDN subscription, turns out that’s not the case.  So if you’re not one of the attendees at the build conference who got the first Tablet for Windows 8 for free, just follow the groovyPost below for the details for installing Windows 8 on your own PC.

Once you hit, Click Get Started

windows 8 download page

Microsoft offers 3 separate versions of Windows 8 for download in .iso format.  Download the version which suites your needs the best.  Before you start the download however, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

System Requirements

Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 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
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Windows 8 ISO Download Options

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)

  • 64-bit Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
  • 4.8 GB .iso
  • Windows SDK for Metro style apps
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
  • Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
  • 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app


Windows Developer Preview English, 62-bit (x64)

  • 64-bit Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
  • 3.6 GB .iso
  • Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.
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Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

  • 32-bit Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
  • 2.8 GB .iso
  • Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.

Upgrade Options or Clean Install?

Because you can’t uninstall the Windows 8 Dev Beta, I recommend installing on either a test box or a virtual machine. That being said, it is possible according to Microsoft to do an upgrade from XP, Vista and Windows 7 as long as you don’t use the Windows 8 Installer w/Dev Tools .iso.  See the chart below:

windows 8 upgrade instructions

Granted, I wouldn’t recommend an upgrade but that’s your call.  Just keep in mind Microsoft is providing an .iso file which will need to be burned to a DVD in order to start the install unless you’re planning to install it in a Virtual Machine.

That’s about it!  I would love to hear about your experiences with Windows 8 so please feel free to drop a comment about how your install went and your first impressions of Windows 8!  As for me… I’m still downloading it!

windows 8 download progress

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2 Responses to How To Download Windows 8 NOW

  1. Robert Scobel September 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Great Article to get jump started on the new Microsoft Windows 8.

    • MrGroove September 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

      Thanks Robert. Have you had hands on with it yet? What are your first impressions?

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