Microsoft has recently released the developer preview of its new Windows 8 operating system. And it is now available as .iso for download!
The Developer Preview will expire only on March 11th, 2012. So you can enjoy this preview for 6 months!
Let us take a look at the Microsoft’s statement:
Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include pre-release software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the pre-release software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.
Windows 8 Developer Preview is available in both x64 and x86 (64–bit and 32–bit). You can Upgrade your Windows XP, Vista or 7 using this installation! But, this is not even a beta release, so you have to wait for the final release
Let us examine the requirements for this:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- HDD: 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
- To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater
Microsoft employee “Michael” @ MSDN forums provided product key for Windows 8 Developer Preview build and Server edition which can be used at the time of reinstallation or reset.
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You can download Windows 8 Developer Preview from the following links:
Windows 8 Developer Preview (32-bit or x86) (2.8GB)
Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit or x64) (3.6GB)
You can learn more about this release by using the following guide:
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview Guide (PDF)