Windows 8 Developer Preview Drops

Tue, Sep 13, 2011

Tech, Windows 8

While I haven’t spent every waking minute following Windows 8, I have been skimming articles as they come up and as time permits. I’ve been exposed to enough to know I’m pretty excited for the new platform even after investing in Windows 7 for all 5 PCs in our home.

Windows 8 Start Screen

The Windows 8 Start Screen

What did catch me by surprise was the announcement that at 8PM PST Microsoft would be offering the developer preview of Windows 8 up for download – - get this – - for the masses!

The plan was to set an alarm in case I dozed off before 11PM EST but thanks to a tweet by Mary Jo Foley, I am currently downloading the 64bit release! It seems MS was nice and let things slip a little early. You too, can grab it here: Download Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Everyone is reporting Windows 8 will operate with a smaller memory footprint compared to Windows 7, which is fortunate as I have an older system that should fair ok with it for testing purposes. It’s also in their best interest as it opens up the upgrade to the broadest set of hardware and is of course necessary for it to run on low power devices.

System Requirements:

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

Important Note:

You can’t uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media. If you have an old system kicking around that meets the requirements, this shouldn’t be an issue.

All in all, I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on it in its current form and will be sure to post opinions of it as soon as I can. Right now that seems to be a ways off as the download is trickling down at about 350kB/s. Happy downloading!

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One Response to “Windows 8 Developer Preview Drops”

  1. mik says:

    Very cool, looking forward to your review/comments

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