Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download

by Sitaram Pamarthi on March 1, 2012

As promised MS has announced Windows 8 Consumer Preview version and many enthusiastic people has already downloaded and playing with it.

There are two download methods available for this product.

1. Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup:

If you go to and request for download, you will see a “Windows8-CustomerPreview-setup.exe” downloading. Basically what this does is, it analyzes your system and gives a detailed report about compatibility of your hardware with Windows 8 Customer preview version and also gives you the tools which can use to build media(DVD/Flash disk) from ISO files.

This is a good option for home users who want to upgrade their current PC to windows 8 CP.

2. Windows 8 ISO files Download:

This is for System administrators like me and also for people who want to do the download from one computer and install it on a different one. You can download the ISO files from English, Chinese(simplified), German, Japanese versions are available for download in both x64(64-bit) and x86(32-bit) formats

Well, after choosing your download method, the next step is installation. Like for any other installation, Windows 8 also has it’s own system recommended configuration for giving better performance.


System Requirements

Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768


Hope this information helps you to get started with this brand new OS.

You can also refer to my previous blog post about problems with installing windows 8 Developer preview in virtual environment. People has made good amount of suggestions in comments sections which you will find useful. You can also go through blog post from Microsoft( to get more details.

Feel free to raise if you have any questions.



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