Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download Links and System Requirements

Finally Microsoft has released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview beta version for general public users. The Windows 8 preview for consumers is now available for download directly from Microsoft Servers. Windows 8 consumer preview will represents the first look of Windows 8 final builds, as the name indicates the Windows 8 is intended to let general consumers try out the new Microsoft Operating System. The previous released version of Windows 8 Developers Preview has been locked down and only provided access to a limited feature for users.

Windows 8 consumer preview is not a final release of Windows 8 and as such may have many bugs or other problems that can cause your system to crash or applications to hang. So you have to take backup of your current Operating System before try to install Windows 8 consumer preview. 

System Requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
Microsoft on its latest blog post has revealed the system requirements which are necessary for Windows 8 Consumer Preview and also for Final build of Widows 8. Windows team member Grant George talks about the system requirements needed for your PC to run the Consumer Preview build. According to Grant George, Windows 8 Consumer Preview should run on the same hardware that powers Windows 7 today. In general, you can expect Windows 8 Consumer Preview to run on a PC with the following system requirements;
  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 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
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolutions
  • 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
One interesting requirement is that all Metro apps have to run with at least a 1024x768 screen resolution or in 1366x768 resolution if it uses the snap feature. If you attempt to run a Metro app at less than 1024x768, you will get an error message.

Computers (PC's) that supports Windows 8 touch screen interface:
  • HP Elitebook 2760p convertible (Note: This PC is 1280x800 and so does not support snap.)
  • ASUS EP121 tablet (Note: his PC is 1280x800 and so does not support snap.)
  • Dell Inspiron Duo convertible
  • Lenovo x220t convertible
  • 3M M2256PW 22” display (Note: The raised bezel can make it harder to swipe along the edges)
  • Samsung Series 7 slate (Note: This PC has two models, one was provided to attendees at //build/ and the other is a commercial release; the latter has slightly different peripherals and firmware.)
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Direct Download Links:
The direct Download Links of Windows 8 Consumer Preview are as follows:

Windows Consumer Preview site:
Windows Preview site:
Windows 8 CP x64: Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
Windows 8 CP x86: Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Windows 8 CP Other languages: Download Here
Windows 8 CP Admin Tools: Download Here

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Genuine Product Key: 

Official Video Review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download Links and System Requirements Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download Links and System Requirements Reviewed by TechGlobeX on 3/01/2012 Rating: 5

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