Windows 8 Consumer Preview available

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.03.2012 at 18:25

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (aka Windows 8 Beta) is now available for download, following the worldwide announcement at Barcelona.

To download Windows 8 Consumer Preview, click here. I’m going to install it tonight on my Acer Iconia W500, which currently runs the Windows 8 Developer Preview.


What’s new in a nutshell.

  • Natural touch interface, fast and fluid
  • App-centric: Download apps from the Windows Store
  • Cloud-connected Windows experience lets you access your files, pictures, etc wherever you signin from.
  • Internet Explorer 10 – browsing experience redefined
  • Choose between the Metro style touch interface and the classic mouse interface

Shortcuts to the English version ISO download:
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

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5 Responses to Windows 8 Consumer Preview available

  1. Corrado says:

    Did you installed on Iconia, does gyroscope works? i have same machine but it doesn’t work for me… 🙁

  2. aleck says:

    I currently have a Developer Preview on Iconia W500. Tried to install Consumer Preview, but can’t get into BIOS to change the boot order. Tried three different USB keyboards including the doc, hitting F2 does not get me into BIOS any more. Any suggestions?

  3. aleck says:

    Found the solution. Credit goes to lexlee on tabletpcreview forum.

    ” I finally found that you have to fake a windows crush to get back to that state.

    To do that, just load up windows, and hold the power button until it’s off. Then hold the windows button and power button again and you will see the cursor on the upper left corner. Hit F2 as soon as you see that and you should be able to boot to BIOS. Set your boot up device and you should be able to load the Windows 8 Consumer Preview from your USB drive on the keyboard.”

  4. Alan Costilo says:

    HELP!!!! I have extracted the Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32 bit ISO on my USB key and I changed the boot order to USB HDD and I cannot get the Iconia w500 to boot from the USB. Can anyone help?

    I removed the sd card.

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