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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Now Available for Download

D uring the Microsoft Keynote at Mobile World Congress this morning, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was made available for public download. Here’s where to download it. Also list of related Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11 programs.

Windows 8 Metro UI

Once downloaded, check out my tutorial which details how to install Windows 8 if you have any problems and be sure to checkout all our Windows 8 coverage for more tips and tricks.

Other Related Windows 8 Downloads

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server “8” Beta from a remote computer that is running Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

The Remote Tools package is intended for computers that don’t have Visual Studio so that you can debug, test, and profile apps that are executing on them. However, Visual Studio must be installed on the development computer that’s connected to the computers that have the Remote Tools. Connection to the remote debugger and profiler tools is supported in Visual Studio 11 Ultimate Beta, Visual Studio 11 Premium Beta, Visual Studio 11 Professional Beta, and Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8.  Connection to the test features requires Visual Studio 11 Ultimate Beta or Visual Studio 11 Test Professional Beta.

The Remote Tools package is intended for computers that don’t have Visual Studio so that you can debug, test, and profile apps that are executing on them. However, Visual Studio must be installed on the development computer that’s connected to the computers that have the Remote Tools. Connection to the remote debugger and profiler tools is supported in Visual Studio 11 Ultimate Beta, Visual Studio 11 Premium Beta, Visual Studio 11 Professional Beta, and Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8.  Connection to the test features requires Visual Studio 11 Ultimate Beta or Visual Studio 11 Test Professional Beta.

The Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers.
Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows, such as on a factory floor or across an organization. The Windows ADK supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).

This document builds on the concepts embodied in the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Cookbook (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/bb757005.aspx) and the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dd371778(v=VS.85).aspx). Like them, this document provides developers with the means to become familiar with how to verify the compatibility of their apps with the new operating system and provides an overview of the few known application incompatibility issues in Windows and Windows Server Developer Preview. The Cookbook contains more than two dozen topics divided into two major sections:

  • General Compatibility
  • New Features and Enhancements

We invite you to check out these topics to learn how to optimize your apps to take advantage of what this newest release of Windows has to offer.

Also, make sure to download PlayReady for Windows 8 and Product Guide for Business.

Windows 8 Cusumer Preview Business Guide PDF

Here’s a look at the Building Windows 8 team showing how SkyDrive will integrate with Windows 8.

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One Response to Windows 8 Consumer Preview Now Available for Download

  1. Brian Burgess February 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    This is a great day for Windows fans like me! Microsoft has added A LOT more features compared to the Developer Preview. More options on the Metro UI, access to apps in the Windows Store — all free and tons more.

    Be assured that our team will be covering it inside and out and have tons of awesome articles for you.

    If you’re running it and experiencing problems or just have a question — shoot us a quick email and let us know!

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