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[Free] Windows 8 Developer Build

glorify

Well-known member
#1
Just saw this:

Much like when Windows 7 RC was released nearly a year before Windows 7 came out, MS is now offering Windows 8 for free download to anyone.

The download will be made available tonight at 8pm PT.

Relevant links:

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/1...-download/

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/

32- or 64-bit x86 machines only - no ARM build, which means no Touchpad hack is going to come from this build.
More:

It will stop working after a year. (prepare yourselves for a slew of Win8 expiration questions and MS bashing a year from now)

How does Windows 8 compare to Windows 7?
  • All Windows 7 applications will run natively on Windows 8
  • Security update notifications have been minimized to the lower right of the log-in screen
  • Refreshed Windows Task Manager suspends apps when they're not running on-screen
  • New "Reset and Refresh PC" functions enable simplified system wipe and restore
  • HyperV virtualization software comes pre-loaded on Windows 8
  • Multi-monitor support now enables a single background across screens, as well as monitor-specific task bars
  • Multi-touch support enabled for Internet Explorer 10
  • Magnifier function enhanced for desktop manipulation
  • Optional thumb-by-thumb input mode
  • SkyDrive storage support integrated into all cloud-based apps
  • Metro-style refresh for Mail, Photos, Calendar and People apps with Windows Live ID
  • Settings roam allows for preferences to sync across a user's Windows 8 devices
  • Continued update support for Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
  • Even a Lenovo S10 (first-gen Atom + 1GB of RAM) can "run" Windows 8
  • There's "no overlays" with Windows 8; Metro-style goodness is baked into the core
  • Both Metro-style and conventional Win32 apps will be sold in the Windows Store
  • Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share feature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card.
  • Logins will use a photo-based system
  • Apps will be able to natively connect and understand one another (if written as such)
  • Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8
  • There will not be a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets, and presumably, not for Media Centers either
  • It's unclear how many "editions" (Home, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) of Windows 8 there will be
  • ARM devices will be supported, but not in the developer preview
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/1...verything/

If you want to try it out, but want to preserve your Vista or Win7 for use after the expiration without dual booting, then I suggest reading how to use a system Image from the link below. Make sure you also create a system repair disc. The repair disc is the bootable disc that makes reading the image possible. Typical images on a fresh machine consist of 10-30GB. you'll find out the space required before it starts.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/42...windows-7/

An alternative method for installation is to create a partition in Windows 7 and then install Windows 8 on it. By doing this, you can choose to boot into either Windows 7 or 8. None of your personal files will be changed and removing Windows 8 is as easy as removing the partition. You can see steps here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-U...-partition
 

Shamil

Well-known member
#5
Ok, I just installed this in under 10 mins....

In Parallels, with 2 cores, 1.5GB RAM and an SSD on my MacBook Air Late 2010. Wow.
 

IanC

Active member
#11
It has taken me an hour just to get to the log in screen after installing it in VirtualBox. >>
:eek: How much RAM did you dedicate to the virtual instance and what spec is your PC? It should be much faster than that?

Cool, will give it a try later once I get my virtual machine set up.
You'll need to use VirtualBox as VirtualPC won't cut it (ironic!), I wrote a guide on it a few moments ago to test out my first article in XenForo:

http://www.win8forums.com/threads/install-windows-8-in-virtualbox.80/
 

bambua

Well-known member
#12

kkm323

Well-known member
#13
worst nightmare in my life when i upgraded windows to vista and my forum to vbulletin 4 :mad:
i am going be the last person on earth to do this upgrade :cry:
 

Quillz

Well-known member
#14
I'm actually having no issues at all running Win8 on VMware Fusion 4, which was just released earlier today. Both that and Parallels Desktop 7 are optimized for Lion, but the latter won't work with Win8 for some reason.

Overall, I like it. I really like the Metro design language, and that Aero Glass is using squares, rather than rounded corners. (One of the reasons why I always liked the Windows Classic UI.)
 

Shamil

Well-known member
#15
What do you mean it won't work with Windows 8?

I still can't find out about the upgrade path from VMware:

Upgrade Entitlements TimingUpgrades for the following products: View 5, Fusion 4, Workstation 8, Site Recovery Manager 5, and vFabric will be available on the licensing portal by the week of 9/19. If you have questions, please contact License support.
 

Quillz

Well-known member
#16
What I mean is exactly what I posted: For whatever reason, I couldn't get Win8 to boot up at all under Parallels. Maybe I did something wrong, but in general, I've always had more luck with VMware Fusion than Parallels.
 

Fred Sherman

Well-known member
#19
I'm actually having no issues at all running Win8 on VMware Fusion 4, which was just released earlier today. Both that and Parallels Desktop 7 are optimized for Lion, but the latter won't work with Win8 for some reason.

Overall, I like it. I really like the Metro design language, and that Aero Glass is using squares, rather than rounded corners. (One of the reasons why I always liked the Windows Classic UI.)
Does Unity work with Windows 8?
 

Fred Sherman

Well-known member
#20
What do you mean it won't work with Windows 8?

I still can't find out about the upgrade path from VMware:

Upgrade Entitlements TimingUpgrades for the following products: View 5, Fusion 4, Workstation 8, Site Recovery Manager 5, and vFabric will be available on the licensing portal by the week of 9/19. If you have questions, please contact License support.
Fusion 4.0 is a paid upgrade. You can get it for $49.99 right now. Use the promo code FUSION20 and get another $10 off.