dealswindows 8 consumer preview iso download for $0.00…


Can you do this trial of you only have Windows Vista?


Any idea how long until the activation expires?


@gopvifootball: This has nothing to do with what you have now. It's only a matter of whether your hardware is compatible with Windows 8's requirements.


@gopvifootball: Here is the link for the Windows 8 FAQ.

You can upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, but not everything will carry over. Check the FAQ to learn what will remain during an upgrade.

I would not recommend upgrading because you risk losing everything if something goes wrong. Remember, this is a preview of Windows 8 and may not be stable.

Also, take note that you cannot downgrade to your original OS. You must reinstall it from the original media or create one from the recovery partition. Your best and safest option would be installing on a different computer than the one you have for daily use.

The ISO images in the original link are only for clean installs, not for upgrading an existing version of Windows.


@thetexastwister: Actually, all you need to do is create a partition of about 30 GB and just dual boot. Clean install, safe, and always removable.


@gopvifootball: Yes, this is a full install of 8. I've made a separate partition and can dual boot 7 or 8, and I suggest you not write over Vista.

If people think they hated Vista, get ready for the backlash against 8. Though it's just that goofy Metro interface that throws people off. The desktop is still there, as well as Start.

I installed it because it's a 64 bit OS, but I don't use it even though one of the games I play becomes a memory hog at 32 bit, which is just insult to injury.


Why would you bother to go through the pains of creating a partition? Just create a Virtual Machine and install it in there. When you're done with it, delete it. Then you don't have to worry about incompatibilities.


While cool, is this a sale? It's beta software (even if that's not what they're calling it). It's incomplete and buggy (though not nearly as buggy as I would have expected). I tried it out the day this became available. It's interesting. I'm not sold on the new UI yet, but I'm withholding judgment until I see the completed product.


Not a deal or a sale, or even news of any kind. Windows 8 CP was released in February:


@alphawolf0990: Virtual Machines have a lot more overhead. If you're on a machine like mine, VM's don't really give you the full experience.


Just a note:

Windows 8 is still in BETA (or whatever you want to call it). It should NOT be run as your main OS. I work in IT and many people have had problems with Windows 8 BSOD problems and some install it over their existing Windows 7 installations and are like...what happened?

Just make sure you have a backup of your data and then put it on another partition or run it in a virtual machine.

Additionally, about the licensing. While I believe it may be around a year, people will start seeing activation notices after an Windows update that comes after the RTM hits public (RTM: Release To Manufacturer . . AKA final build released for purchase).

tl;dr: Backup data, don't run as main OS, you have AT LEAST 6 months on the license.


If you only have one PC I would HIGHLY recommend against running this as your primary OS. Either dual boot it, or run it in a VM - Try using Virtual Box ( it is Win 8 ready.


Over the last month, I've had a lot to say about Windows 8, and more is coming: - Download the hi-def wallpapers for use in Windows XP / Vista / 7. - Xbox Live in Windows 8 - What the Xbox Companion IS and IS NOT - What I think Microsofts Goals are with Windows 8


If you've got a reasonably decent computer an an hour to spare, you can give this a try. I've tested it on a couple of machines with core2 Duo machines (about 4 years old) with 4GB of RAM, one running Win7, one running XP.

Install VirtualBox as mentioned above, and create a new VM and boot off the Win8 ISO file. The preview installs quickly, and you'll be able to check out the new interface without messing up your current system.


I have to say, I initially found it confusing, even frustrating, because I didn't know how to move around in Windows 8, but these tips might make it easier to use:

To log in, drag the "curtain" up.
To "close" an app, drag down from the top of the screen.
In the Desktop, right-click on the taskbar and add the Desktop toolbar
To swap back and forth between 2 apps, click in the bottom left.
To cycle between all open metro apps, click in the top left
To access whatever it's called, click the top or bottom right corners
To log out, click on your picture on the Metro page.
To shut down, log out, then drag the curtain up to see the power button.

Most things in the Preview worked just fine, but the Solitaire game was unplayable, possibly because of some sort of graphics issue with VirtuualBox.


I have yet to hear any really positive feedback about Win8...from a friend whose son installed it for her to real techies and IT people..

I see another Vista coming on...


@rroberto: Like Vista, Win8 will probably be a perfectly fine OS, but
people's minds will be made up by what other people say about it, even if the commentary is wrong. Just as everyone says Win7 is great and Vista is crap, yet long time Vista users who switch to Win7 say "Where's the beef? This isn't noticeably better than the Vista I've been using for the last 2 years!"

I've read a number of comments from people who have used the preview full time for a week, and they all say it grows on you. But you're probably right - the superficial reaction of people will be negative, and the chattering classes will decree that Win8 is a failure.


Hmm, lets see if it'll upgrade Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit on a Lenovo T420 i5 w/ 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD.


@ripwave I agree: Windows 7 is such a great/stable OS compared to XP. Its PlugNplay was so well done that I've installed it effortlessly on new Intel i5/i7 as well as Centrino laptops 6 years old. I just don't see the need to move to an OS that is more tablet/mobile device friendly unless I were actually running it on a Tablet or cellphone.


I find it interesting that somebody downvoted my post for being spammy, but more than 30 people have clicked to read the articles in less than an hour. Interesting. :)


I bought a spare laptop hard drive and installed this in my Dell E6410. It works great. It's crashed on me maybe twice since I've had it (since March), but I've had not major issue with it. I was kind of not keen on the Metro UI at first, but it's growing on me. The biggest differece it seems is that the traditional "Start Menu" has been replaced by the Metro UI screen. I actally prefer this. Everything is layed out and easy to get to.

I haven't had an issue with installing drivers for my laptop. I installed the Win7 versions directly from the Dell website. It's basically feels like Windows 7 with a prettier Start Menu. I'm looking forward to trying this on a touch screen interface which is the point of the new style.

All in all, a free OS for almost a year. Can't beat that.


@ckaminsk: Windows 8 is basically aimed at tablets, most people will not buy an upgrade because it's not necessary. How many people bought upgrades to vista? How many to 7? Not many I'm sure because life spans of computers are about 3 years now since there are "better and faster" cpus that will have no bearing on your internet browsing but people will insist on upgrading.


First, I do not see it as a real deal but in some way you do get free Windows for few months.

I have W8 for about 3 weeks and it is a very stable build for my
hardware - can't say that interface adds much to what I do. Web browsing, media etc works good. I can see it to be really good for tablets, mobile devices or if you have a touch screen monitor.

Big deal killer is that Steam does not work so I have to boot back into W7 to play games. Maybe I have not tried hard enough. Has anyone figured that out?


@ripwave: No Vista was NOT a perfectly fine OS. It was buggy as hell. It wasn't just people "hearing" it was buggy and then repeating it, it actually was a bloated and buggy OS.

As far as Win 8 goes its UI is a massive mistake for a desktop OS. They are forcing a tablet UI on a system where we use a mouse. I won't say everyone but it I will at least half if not more of the people I have seen try it do not like the Metro UI one bit. It was a total bonehead move to remove the start button and make the UI difficult to navigate for average users. The only thing Metro is leading to is confusion. A very solid OS completely hosed by a messed up UI.


@mesostinky: Agree 100%. There is however a normal explorer-based interface in W8 that you can use. I think Microsoft counts on interface similarity across all platforms as a selling point.


I've been dual booting Windows 7 and 8 for the last two weeks or so. As a Windows Phone user the "Metro" interface is familiar to me, but so far offers nothing over Windows 7 as far as productivity (you know. . real work? ) goes.

It installs fairly fast (much quicker than Windows 7) off my no-name USB flash drive. 10GB plus and other 10GB for page and hibernate files. The preview also included all the drivers for my TP410, unlike WIndows 7, which was nice.

I've yet to install any games.


It's a monstrosity! It looks like someone coughed a smartphone onto a computer screen. I get them for "free" (well, technically our TechNet subscription allows us so many "installs" - so we pay for it that way) and even I won't be plugging it into any of my computers.

Also, others seem to think that the Metro interface may be an issue as well. From The Cleveland Research Company's March 12th, 2012 report for the PC Supply Chain in the "Demand & Outlook Commentary" section:

"Anyone expecting big demand lift from Win8 release is crazy. From the demos it looks like blown up smartphone on PC. Microsoft better hope that its tablets are what people want because O/S is ugly (on a PC). The good thing about Win8 is they are taking a lot of the excess out so it’s much lighter on hardware requirements."


warning: windows 8 is the dubstep of operating systems. pure crud...


@gonzo.esada: I'm surprised you're getting up votes. Last time I mentioned that dubstep was crud, I got a bunch of downvotes in a matter of minutes lol.

But on track, I will give this a try. Some of the screens I've been seeing look really clean.


I gave it a shot on my (once) powerhouse i7-930, 12GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 560ti setup.

I didn't like it. At all. I'm a power user, and a network admin for a large "entity", and I completely dread the day we are forced to switch to 8. I just can't see it working in a business environment where actual 'work' needs done, and I'm stuck there with a mouse/keyboard, swearing at the f*cking tiles and trying to find things.

Win7 works perfectly well, it's stable, user friendly, and fits well into a business environment. The world's just not far enough enfatuated with touchscreen devices at work for this to work.... yet.


Make two more partitions on your whatever Windows system. Tho I prefer using separate hard drives.
Install Win8 on one, and PCLOS Full Monty on the other. Play.
BTW, didn't I see the same beta fish waay back in the longhorn preview days?


@realgeorgew: "I'm a power user, and a network admin for a large "entity", and I'm way too busy to spend time learning how to use the tools I need to do my job".

You probably complained about home much more productive you were with Program Manager when you were forced to move to Windows 95, then complained about all the useless bells and whistles in Windows XP, and all the bling in Windows 7.

If you don't like Tiles, don't use Metro, just go straight to the Desktop and stay there. People who aren't stuck in your ruts will learn how to benefit from the new tools, and you can stick with what you're comfortable with.


@realgeorgew: The thing I hate the most is that they even put that crappy "Metro" UI in the Server version of the OS. I'd love to know who thought that a tablet would ever be used to run a server OS.

I just don't see how Microsoft expects people to make such a huge jump to learn this new layout. And no, you can't always stay in the regular desktop mode. In time you always need something from the Metro splash screen, which is near impossible to navigate easily.

Microsoft, take a hint, don't fix what wasn't broken. Give me back my damn Start menu.


@penarestel: Win8 isn't a Tablet OS - it's a desktop OS that works for Tablets too.


@ripwave: The whole point of the Metro UI, as I see it, is to make the OS tablet friendly. That's fine, but not if you also push that crappy UI on to a server OS.


@ripwave: In your quoting, you clearly missed the last paragraph where I wrote : Win7 works perfectly well, it's stable, user friendly, and fits well into a business environment.


@realgeorgew: That's exactly what people said about Windows XP when Vista and Windows 7 were released. In fact, there are still lots of people who find XP works perfectly well, is stable, user friendly and fits well in their business environment. Yet somehow lots of them have found reasons for upgrading, and most of those who haven't upgraded from XP yet probably will, sooner or later.

Some people will quickly find ways to be more efficient with Windows 8. Some people will continue to do exactly the same tasks in Windows 8 as they did on Windows XP and Windows 7. And some people will refuse to take advantage of Windows 8 out of some perverse insistence that they're smarter than the guys who write this stuff. It's OK by me if they want to cut their own noses off, but let other people make up their own minds.


@penarestel: If you care about the UI on a server, then you're not using it as a server, you're using it as a glorified desktop. Server management consoles, running on workstations have been pretty standard for any serious server management for years. And since Windows 2008 server, Server Core mode allows servers (including Windows8 Server) to be installed without any GUI at all - command line only.

You still get an Explorer desktop if you want it, but that's not what you buy the Server version for.


@ripwave: That's fine and nicely worded and all, but I've read quite a few articles, the most recent one in PCWorld, where user surveys so far are showing VERY light support for 8.


@ripwave: I agree. A server isn't about the UI. My point is that I don't understand why Microsoft is choosing to put a clunky UI on a server OS. It needs to be just the basics, Metro is far from basic.


@realgeorgew: people who try it for 15 minutes don't like it. People who persist and try it for a week find it grows on them. People who don't try it at all, but get their opinions form PCWorld, don't like it either.

As I said earlier, I was pretty frustrated when I first tried the preview. Once I discovered the basics of navigating the new UI, things went a lot better. I'm surprised Microsoft doesn't have a First Run Wizard that highlights some of the very new features that simply aren't obvious to users coming from XP or Win7.