Microsoft has just released a preview of Windows 8 to developers at the Microsoft BUILD conference. To download the Windows 8 developer preview, just head on to Microsoft's developer site and download it. Alternatively, use the download links provided below. The download size ranges from 2.8 GB to 4.8 GB depending on which version you chose. You'll need a PC with a 1GHz or faster processor, 1GB of RAM (2GB for 64-bit), 16GB of hard disk space (20GB for 64-bit), DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. To take advantage of touch input, you will need a touch screen monitor.
The Windows 8 Developer Preview carries a build number of 8102, which is the most recent one currently available on the web. To run the preview, no activation is required but the build expires on March 2012. Of course, by that time we should get the Betas and possibly the release candidates. The developer preview will continue to update through Windows automatic update, but there will be no support, which is expected.
Here are the direct download links.
Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (4.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash - 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF
All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.
- 64-bit Windows Developer Preview
- Windows SDK for Metro style apps
- Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
- Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
- 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app
Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (3.6 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.
Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)
DOWNLOAD (2.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash - 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.