Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Available today will be the next phase in the development cycle of Microsoft’s replacement for Windows 7, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Windows 8 Beta).  Update:  download links for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are in our Windows 8 Download Center.

We’ve created a new Windows 8 Consumer Preview board in our forum where you can share your experiences with the latest build.  If you need more help with Windows 8, please use our Windows 8 Help forum and sub-forums.

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17 Responses to Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

  1. Stormdude124 February 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    Wow cant wait to download!!! I’m Excited (lol)

    • Eric February 29, 2012 at 5:04 am #

      Still not available at the moment, isn’t it? When will they officially announce the download links?

  2. stephen February 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    can vs11 DP be installed on it?

  3. John Haukenfrers February 29, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    I hope that Microsoft has it right this time, can’t afford another fiasco. I really want to see Microsoft become the great company that it should have been and was on the verge of when Bill Gates retired. I would like to see some bruises appear on that shiny white “Apple” out there.
    Go Win 8

    • Jhabril_Harris February 29, 2012 at 3:55 am #

      My thought exactly, also I just noticed this post was posted on the 28th.

    • don February 29, 2012 at 6:32 am #

      the windows 8 developers preview was awesome and i think it brings ms to their height. I believe you hated vista since you are knocking ms. Vista was great and what do you think windows 7 and windows are are… just dot releases of vista… type ver in a command line… vista 6.0 windows 7 6.1 windows 8 6.2 so stop it about ms and realize they are the gods of the OS industry…. after all who else has like 90% of the os business?

  4. noufal February 29, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    hey…….crazy admins pls post consumer prvw

  5. hwatt February 29, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    when that time comes consider the vhd route to installing:

    Blog also has uninstall for those people (like me) who want to remove/replace the dev preview vhd

    With a vhd you don’t have to deal with permanently partitioning or repartitioning your hd as you would in a traditional dual boot. But you got much better compatibility with your hardware like a dual boot. No worrying about system resouces or sketchy compatibility through virtual images on top of your main os. Just delete the .vhd file from the main os when you’re done! You still have to fix the boot record if you want to take it off though.

  6. don February 29, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    were is the windows 9 preview? Since windows 8 developers preview has been out we know what to expact. I want something that only a hand full of people inside M$ have. Hack I want Windows 10 as well and I want it now. I say windows 10 should be built around UBUNTU once M$ buys Chronicle. also it is about time we scrap all computers and re start from the ground up with security in mind. All previous software and hardware will be banned and incompatible. The new system will be fully monitored by the govt and everyone will have a license and have to use their real name and social security numbers to apply to the govt to be granted access to any website as all websites must be first approved by the govt and the users must also be approved by the users. Anyone working or using the internet must get a time limit and data limit on how much access they have to the internet. Their would be no porn, also all post such as like this one must be approved by a commission as not to offend anyone in any way shape or form. The internet will be a place to get facts only and not to spread rumors about what star dropped their panties in public.

  7. Max February 29, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!

  8. ShelLuser March 1, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    I think this was a very poor experience. Suddenly working full screen just isn’t it. I can no longer easily keep track of time, I can no longer see whats going on in the background. The whole ‘aero advantage’ (which is IMO huge) gets totally negated with this full screen metro nonsense.

    On Win7 (which I prefer) I can see a download or copy progress while I’m doing other things, for example playing solitaire. On Win8 this is no longer possible since solitaire will end up full screen, blocking my access to any other kind of info. Full screen computing isn’t a huge success on the desktop, its also why MSIE’s “kiosk mode” never became a huge success.

    Whats plain out silly is when you get stuck in Metro (due to a b0rk app for example) then hit control-alt-delete to start the task manager. It gets started in the desktop app /without/ taking you there. So you remain stuck in Metro with the only liable solution left being to log out and back on again.

    Windows 8 could very well be fun for tablets or touch enabled devices. But its by /far/ as userfriendly as Windows 7 is.

  9. Tommy M. March 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Anyone else having issues with dual booting Win 7 and Win 8? The issue I’m having is that every time I shut down Win 8 and load up Win 7 chkdsk needs to run before Win 7 will boot. It’s getting rather frustrating.

    • Will March 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Thats interesting, I had a similar issue.

      I found that running Windows 8 CP with a Windows 7 drive and a data drive in the box caused corruption on both drives causing files and security information to be lost on the data drive and which caused Windows 7 to BSOD on startup, which forced me to restore a backup.

      I’m not sure exactly what the hell Windows 8 CP is doing to older NTFS formatted disks, but it isn’t good.

    • Vic March 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      The problem for me, with dual booting is, that Windows 7 has now slowed down for me. Its not as fast. Anybody else facing that problem?

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