Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Here are the file names of Windows 8 consumer preview which would be available for download later today-

8250.0.WINMAIN_WIN8BETA.120217-1520_X64FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCPA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO
8250.0.WINMAIN_WIN8BETA.120217-1520_X86FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCPA_X86FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO

Microsoft has renamed Windows 8 Beta to Windows 8 consumer preview which would be available for download on February 29. Microsoft has just sent press invites for it. Here is the press invite-

Date: February 6,2012

The following set of features has been found in Windows 8 consumer preview-

  • new Immersive UI icon set
  • new background set for the Start Page
  • new shortcuts for the Charm Bar
  • new Apps menu template
  • no more Microsoft Confidential watermark, neither on the desktop or in the WinVer
  • no security hash
  • no start button
  • a lot of bug fixes
  • new Ribbon organization
  • new branding : « Windows 8 Consumer Preview »
  • new organization for split touch keyboard
  • And of course lot more

Here are more screenshots of this build-
Setup.exe

Installation Screenshots

Start Page

Split touch keyboard

Side by Side PC Settings/Desktop

IE 10 Immersive

Ribbon

Charm Bar

 

Recently we have mentioned that new set of wallpapers are available in Windows 8 consumer preview, now these wallpapers have been leaked, you can check the wallpapers here-

You can check all the other wallpapers here, further a Windows 8 theme from build 8220 has been leaked and is available for download.

Another set of screenshots have appeared today which has been posted by the chinese site PCBETA. In these screenshots we can see the new set of wallpapers and other features in the upcoming OS. Also the complete file name of this leak is 8220.0.WINMAIN.120127-1925_X64FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-HB1_CCS_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO . Here are the screenshots-

Date: February 5,2012

Today Microsoft has posted a video on youtube with the heading as Get Ready for Windows 8 consumer preview. The video just shows the betta fish. Here is the video-

Further a page on Bing has also appeared showing Betta fish as background and linking to various articles related to consumer preview which aren’t live as yet. You can check the page here- http://www.bing.com/?win8start=1

Date: February 3,2012

Recently a couple of Windows 8 consumer preview screenshots has been leaked by Italian site WindowsBlogItalia and Chinese site Pcbeta confirming that Microsoft has finally renamed Windows 8 beta to Windows 8 consumer preview. Here are the set of screenshots-

The first Windows 8 consumer preview screenshot is from Build 8192 and the second screenshot is from build 8220

Some sites are reporting that Windows 8 consumer preview won’t contain the start orb, we would like to say that it’s available but disappearing. We would try to get the screenshot of the same and post it here ASAP.

Also according to the rumors Windows 8 consumer preview is expected to be available for download on February 20. We would be posting more information about the leaks and other information here on this page.