Windows 8 developer preview has been released for public, any one can download and do a fresh install of windows 8 as it is right now not supported for virtual machines, but still there are many people who are successful in installing windows 8 on virtual environment like vmware, virtual pc etc. For those who are worried about clean install of windows 8, please note that in order to install windows 8 on your computer you just need a drive with around 20 -25 GB of free space, and you can install windows 8 on that partition without deleting any files on that partition.
However if you want to try out windows 8 developer version, you can download as per your pc from this page. But please mind that this is not the final version of windows 8, but lot more features are going to be added and it still needs to become more stable, as it may crash on your machine. As far as my feedback I m running windows 8 dev preview since morning it has not crashed even once.
Let me take you though a tour of new feature and other new useful features in windows 8
First thing you would notice in windows 8 will be start screen which is live tiles windows phone 7 type metro UI interface which welcomes you, with some useful apps shown in front of your eyes which can be accessed in single click as shown in the image below.
If you press windows Key + c it show you the charms bar as shown in the image below, which allows you to access windows 8 system settings.
If you press Windows Key + w it will open search which allows you to search for apps, settings options and files etc.
Remote desktop is pinned as tile on windows 8 screen, it has also changed in terms of the interface and design
The control panel interface has changed a lot and now its metro style everywhere as shown in the image below.
Once you right click on any app icon or tile on windows 8 screen, you can go to advanced options to run the program as administrator, unpin from start screen etc as shown in the image below.
The windows explorer in windows 8 has now got new ribbon bar which provides useful options and functions like delete, copy, paste, rename etc on single click as shown in the image below
You can even hide the ribbon bar, if you want to see more empty free space visible in windows 8 explorer
You can also clear windows explorer address bar history, and recent items list as shown in the image below.
The copy interface has also changed a bit as shown in the image below.
Right click to select apps on start screen to modify settings and run privileges
You can change user tile, lock, log off or add user directly from start screen by clicking the small user image thumbnail as shown in the image below.
If you press Windows Key + I it will open system settings where you can specify Network, Volume, Power and Notifications etc as shown in the image below.
For Those Interested in Downloading and Trying Windows 8 Developer Build, see the information below. We will come out with more detailed tips and tricks posts for windows 8 stay tuned.
Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (4.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF
All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.
- 64-bit Windows Developer Preview
- Windows SDK for Metro style apps
- Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
- Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
- 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app
Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (3.6 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.
Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)
DOWNLOAD (2.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.