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Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available to Download

The latest version of Windows – Windows 8 Release Preview – is now available to download. Here’s what happens when you download and install the upgrade on your Windows 7 system.

Download Release Preview

After clicking the Download Windows 8 Release Preview button, you’ll get a small program called the Windows 8 Release Preview Upgrade Assistant.

assistant

Download the file and run it. The Upgrade Assistant will check your current system for compatible apps and devices.
Whats Compatible

Compatible Results

click on See Compatibility Details to see which apps or drivers you’ll need to reinstall after upgrading.

Compatibility Details

Then Windows, acquires a Product Key. Click Next.

Product Key

Now the Upgrade Assistant will download Windows 8 Release Preview. You can continue to use your system while it’s downloading. If you need to Pause the download for any reason, it provides that ability.

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After the download, your Windows 7 system will install and you’ll be upgraded to the Windows 8 Release Preview. The biggest difference between this version and the Consumer Preview version is the Metro Apps are more polished and developed.

Note: You can upgrade install Windows 7 to the Release Preview, however, if you’re already running Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you’ll need to do a clean install. The ISO version is currently available on TechNet and MSDN as well.

groovyPost will have a lot more about this latest release as we’re able to test it over the next few weeks.

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6 Responses to Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available to Download

  1. Susan June 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    how much does it cost?

    • Steve Krause June 3, 2012 at 1:58 am #

      Hi Susan – It’s free. The Windows 8 Release Preview is another name for “Release Candidate” meaning it’s very very close to being ready for full release and sale but there are still a few kinks to work out.

      Normally the Release Candidate is good for 8-12 months before it expires so one way to look at it is — Install it and play with it for a year and then upgrade to it then. Or…. If you have just one computer, just stay with Windows 7 as it probably does everything you need a PC to do for you.

    • Brian Burgess June 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

      @Susan: It’s free until January of next year.

  2. Vishnu June 3, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    A must-try, I’d say, for its minimalistic yet elegant appearance above all else. But does doing so affect the performance speed of your PC by m?

  3. Vishnu June 3, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    A must-try, I’d say, for its minimalistic yet elegant appearance above all else. But does doing so affect the performance speed of your PC by much?

    • Brian Burgess June 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      Actually, I’ve found the 64-bit version to run smoothly on a Dell Duo — it converts from a laptop to tablet…with an Intel Atom CPU and 2GB of RAM.

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