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Download Windows 8 Developer Preview

Posted on the 15 September 2011 by Tftb @TFTB

Windows 8 is pretty impressive, and everyone is waiting for the first Beta release. Everyone jumped the bandwagon and had installed Windows 7  Beta releases right away.

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview

This time you don’t have to wait till the Beta releases, Microsoft has released a pre-beta ( developer preview ) build which would demonstrate how beautiful and elegant the new Metro UI is, and how exactly developers could make use of the new UI.

As expected the download page is full of hidden warnings of not installing it in a hope to have a final stable version. This pre-beta is very unstable and is not recommended for normal users.

Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 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
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

Microsoft has released 3 different builds,

  • Windows Developer Preview with Developer Tools, 64-bit
  • Windows Developer Preview, 64-bit
  • Windows Developer Preview, 32-bit

Just like everyone is moving ahead with cloud computing, to efficiently run Windows 8, and use all its features you would need a Live ( MSN ) account.

via Windows Developer Preview Downloads

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