Microsoft has today released a developer preview of their upcoming OS, Windows 8 in the BUILD conference . The much anticipated operating system has Windows as well as non-Windows users from all around the world waiting for a sneak preview.
Note that this is still a developer preview and has a long way to go before a public Beta is released. Aimed at developers who like to create apps for the new Windows 8 environment, this release is not recommended for general users.
Windows 8 developer preview is available for download in 3 variants. Here are the direct download links of the ISO files.
Windows 8 developer preview 32Bit (2.8 GB)
Windows 8 developer preview 64Bit (3.6 GB
Windows 8 developer preview with developer tools x64 (4.8 GB)
Note that the first two ISO files do not include the developer tools.
System requirements for installing Windows 8 are similar to those of its predecessor, 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
Currently Windows 8 cannot be upgraded from an existing Windows 7 installation. You will have to do a clean installation. We suggest you install this build only on a test computer or in a virtual environment.
After the immense success of Windows 7, we will have to wait and see if Microsoft would be able to repeat the same story with Windows 8.