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You’ve seen the Windows 8 previews, you’ve read about its features.  Are you willing to try it out?  Microsoft has provided official download links for Windows 8 to those who want to try it this early.  However, these versions are Windows Developer Preview, which means they are pre-beta versions of Windows 8.  These downloads include pre-release software that may still change without notice.

Mircrosoft warns:

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 prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

So, are you still willing to try Windows 8 on your device?  You may then go ahead and download it HERE.

Microsoft provide’s the following “how-to” guide for installing Windows:

The Windows Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.

Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

If you want to know the System Requirements for Windows 8, here they are:

Windows 8 System Requirements

  • 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

1 Comment

  1. i do have all Requirements for installing windows 8 but how comes it slow my machine in such,this is my machine System Information
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       Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)
               Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
           System Model: OptiPlex 780                 
                   BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A01
              Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E7500  @ 2.93GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
                 Memory: 3072MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 3070MB RAM
              Page File: 1169MB used, 4967MB available
            Windows Dir: C:Windows
        DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
       User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
     System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
        DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
         DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

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