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Download Windows 8 consumer preview

Windows 8 consumer preview was scheduled to be released today, though Microsoft has till now not officially released the consumer preview, we have managed to get our hands on the download links of Windows 8 consumer preview ESD files. Currently only the 64 bit or 32 bit version of Windows 8 is available for download. You won’t be able to download the ARM version of Windows 8.

Without further writing here are the download links-

( Note: The above links are esd links and so won’t work for all, we would be posting links to iso files once available, those who don’t know about ESD files please wait for us to post ISO links)

Here are the download links to ISO files

English

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749

32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Chinese (Simplified)

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.4 GB)
Sha 1 hash — DF69B851F9A81DECBB16648CC452461894416EB0

32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.6 GB)
Sha 1 hash — E29A2072745A48C14A1C2E5A61F5230841BEDB45

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

French

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash — A9358E6799ABEEF29EDBA054AD34849C02C7F51F

32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash — 2EF8013B9F50B93AEAC8068F4827E2C1DC0DC0B1

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

German

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash — DB1003A47C266697B3832BE2A23319988EE34495

32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash — 91075AEA665C5D6F42A24714B3A3390762C94457

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Japanese

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash — A8F0DB12CAECEA0BE8B27EA124F2234212D9103A

32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash — C8A322ED86058086207CAAECD46B4DDACF9E247A

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Windows 8 consumer preview contains lot of new features including the much anticipated Windows Store from where you can download Apps, new set of wallpapers, lock screen, no start orb and lot more. How to articles relating to dual booting Windows 8, installing Windows 8 on virtual drive coming after a break.

Download Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer preview release is just around the corner and Microsoft has released Remote Server Administration Tools. Remote Server Administration tools lets users manage features on Windows Server 8 from a remote computer which is running Windows 8 consumer preview. Here is what the download page reads about it-

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server “8″ Beta. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

You can download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview from here

Windows 8 Consumer Preview won’t support Visual Studio 2011 Beta

We know that Windows 8 consumer preview and Visual Studio 2011 beta would be released to be released today, but Microsoft has just posted on the Visual Studio 2011 go live page that Windows 8 consumer preview won’t be supporting Visual Studio 2011 beta.  Here is what Microsoft posted on the page regarding supported Operating systems-

Production use of Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5 Beta is only supported on the following operating systems:

  • Visual Studio 11 Beta – Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • .NET 4.5 Beta and Visual Studio 11 Team Foundation Server Beta – Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2

Note: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is not supported

Further it has been posted on the page that you can use both the Visual studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2011 alongside.Also you can use Visual Studio 2011 beta for a maximum of 90 days, then you have to upgrade to latest Milestone release.

Supported upgrade paths-

  • Upgrade from .NET 4.5 Developer Preview to Beta
  • Upgrade from .NET 4.5 Beta to Release (RTM)
  • Upgrade from Visual Studio 11 Beta & .NET 4.5 Beta to Release Candidate
  • Upgrade from Visual Studio 11 Beta & .NET 4.5 Release Candidate to Release (RTM)

Update: It’s the Visual Studio 2011 Beta Go Live which won’t be supported on Windows 8 and you can run Visual studio 2011 on Windows 8

Download Windows 8 consumer preview guide for business

As Windows 8 consumer preview is scheduled to be released later today, the consumer preview guide for business is available for download which discusses features related to the User Interface, app development, start screen, touch-first experience,form factors, Internet Explorer 10, mobile productivity and some security features. Here is what the download page details about this download-

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure.

You can download the guide from here

PlayReady PC Runtime for Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download

Microsoft hasn’t released the consumer preview version of Windows 8 till now, but today few new downloads have appeared on the Microsoft servers. Microsoft has released the PlayReady PC Runtime v2.3 for Windows 8 consumer preview.

Here is the description of PlayReady PC Runtime-

Microsoft PlayReady technology is optimized for the mobile industry to support the growth of online content services, and includes features designed to make it easier than ever for consumers to enjoy mobile digital entertainment. This runtime allows Windows 8 Consumer Preview PC based applications to access PlayReady content using the PlayReady PC Runtime API.

You can download the x64 version from here and x86 version can be downloaded from here.

Windows 8 consumer preview would be released today at 2:00 PM GMT. We would be posting here as soon as the download links are live.

Windows 8 consumer preview to be released later today

Today is the big day for all those who are eagerly waiting for Window 8 consumer preview. As we already know that Microsoft announced that they would unveil the Consumer preview version of Windows 8 today  during the Mobile worrld conference in Barcelona, Spain. The estimated time when Windows 8 consumer preview would be available for download is 3:00 PM (Barcelona local time ). You can check the time in your country here.

Windows 8 would have some great features including the new start screen, lock screen and finally the much awaited Windows store, with lot of apps.

All those who are eager to install Windows 8, get your hard drives empty if you would like to dual boot, or install any VM softwares installed. We would be writing the ways to install Windows 8 consumer preview on virtual box or dual boot with Windows 7 once it is released.

Windows 8 consumer preview contains new lock screen background

We have the new Windows 8 lock screen in Windows 8 developer preview and now as Windows 8 consumer preview is just around the corner, the chinese site has posted the screenshot of new Windows 8 lock screen background. The screenshot shows the new default coral wallpaper. Here is how the lock screen looks like-

Windows 8 Lock Screen

Further the site has posted screenshot of the Windows installer drive icon. Here is how the icon looks like-

Windows 8 drive icon

You can see from the screenshot the new Windows 8 logo above the disk icon.

We are further getting reports from various sources that Windows 8 consumer preview has been uploaded to Microsoft servers couple of days back and the build string of this build is 6.2.8250.0.winmain_win8beta.120217-15. The build string states that the build was compiled on February 17.

ZTE demonstrates data card for Windows 8 at MWC 2012

We know that Microsoft would be releasing Windows 8 consumer preview on February 29 during the Mobile World Conference which is going in Barcelona, Spain. ZTE has now announced that Windows 8 compatible data card is being demonstrated at MWC 2012. Here is what the press release states related to Windows 8-

At the same time, ZTE announced the MF668A data card which takes advantage of Microsoft’s Mobile Broadband Class Driver in Windows 8. ZTE’s MF668A data card is being demonstrated at Mobile World Congress for the first time. The data card, which supports RAW IP and high-speed transmission, is based on the new MBIM v1.0 specification, recently approved by the USB-IF, and natively supported in Windows 8 without additional software.

This is the first Windows 8 compatible data card announced by any company for Windows 8 and we would see more such announcements related to Windows 8 hardware in couple of days.

Also the press release states that ZTE has also announced a news Windows Phone 7 named ZTE Orbit which would be available in second quarter of this year.

[ via Engadget ]

Windows 8 consumer preview build 8250 leaked ?

Windows 8 consumer preview is scheduled to be released on February 29. As we know that Microsoft has recently provided Windows 8 build 8250 to OEM partners. Now we are getting reports from our various sources that Windows 8 consumer preview build 8250 has been leaked and is available for download via torrent.

Here are the details of the torrent-

File Name :windows.8.beta-build.8250.x86.d.iso
SIZE : 3,439,132,672 bytes 
MD5: D2FC8211F4AD1E7BC06A8B4AD78759F3 
SHA1: 429C1643B522FB9ED2F8B4B5BDE029C9021F8BEF 
CRC32: 1FEABB6B

Further this screenshot has been posted -

We have yet to confirm whether this leak is legit or not and definitely we won’t be posting the link to torrent here.

Windows Store screenshots from Windows 8 build 8250 leaked

We have yesterday seen couple of screenshots from Windows 8 build 8250, today another set of screenshot has been leaked by the Chinese site PCBETA showing Windows Store in the latest build. We already posted some of the Windows store screenshots a month back, now here are some more screenshots in this build-

The above screenshots shows the games in the Windows 8 and one screenshot clearly shows that XBOX live is coming in Windows 8 similar to Windows Phone 7. The main emphasize in the above screenshots is the installation of Skydrive in Windows 8. We have seen that Microsoft has strongly integrated skydrive in Windows 8.

We knew that Windows store wasn’t working in previous builds but as Windows 8 build 8250 has been compiled, Microsoft has enabled the Windows store feature. Windows 8 consumer preview would be released on February 29 and on this day itself, Windows Store would be enabled as well.