Download Windows 8 Developer Preview for Free

If you are a developer or one of those Microsoft fan boys, who want to get your hands on Windows 8, befor it reaches tthe public, then here is your chance. The Windows 8 Developer Preview(Pre-Beta) is available for download, officially.

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There are three diffferent versions of Windows 8 available for download.

  • Windows Developer Preview with Developer Tools English, 64-bit (x64)
  • Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
  • Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

The download file is in .iso format and it is 2.8 to 4.8 Gigs based on the version of your choice. You need to burn the file to an USB flash drive or a DVD (DVD-9 for the Developer tools version).

System Requirements

Windows 8 will run on any system that supports Vista or Win7. These are the minimum 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
This is the pre-Beta version, so it might be unstable so, it is recommended that you don’t overwrite your existing Operating system. Run Windows 8 pre-beta along side your stable OS. However you need a clean install if you want to install the Developer tools version.
If you’re planning to install Windows 8 Developer Preview (without the developer tools) and running a Windows 7 or Vista system, then all your files, settings and accounts will be safe, they won’t be deleted. But if you are with an XP System you can keep only your accounts and files. However you will need a clean install if you are planning to install the Developer tools version as mentioned earlier.
Download the Pre-Beta version of Windows 8 and see the difference. It is truly a wonderful experience to work in Windows 8. Try it for yourself and do drop your comments when you do so ! 😀

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