Windows 8 Release Preview is out, download now

By Julio Franco ยท 45 replies
May 31, 2012
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  1. Microsoft accidentally leaked yesterday that Windows 8 Release Preview would become available today and indeed, it's now here, download links are below. Windows 8's development has been considerably more open...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Gonna download sometime tonight!
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I'm gonna be home in 4 weeks, can't wait to see my boys and start playing with this!
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,876   +1,297

    That makes sense, because its defiantly nothing but a toy.
  5. Product Key?
  6. Found it...

  7. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Yeah awesome!!.. I'm gonna' download and use this right after I raid the CDC and give myself Ebola.
  8. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J - try this one
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I dunno, have to wait and see. Unless it does something amazing for me I'll pass on it. I'll probably wait and see until the tablets come out and see how they work in sync together. I've found a tablet very useful in school, but my main annoyance is transferring files from Android to Windows. I have many ways of doing it, but none are really that smooth. If MS comes up with anything approaching Apple's ecosystem, I may give one of their tablets a shot.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I'll probably keep one system on Win7 and change the second to Win8 if MS offer a discount for pre-order (as per Win7). Then I get shot of an older system and add some value by bundling the Win7 with it.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Is it just me or is this the ugliest of windows? They took a cellphone OS and expanded it to look like a desktop, this has fail written all over it... maybe it's just me and people not tech enough will end up loving it for being so simple... maybe it's just me.
  12. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    I see no new "features" that would compel me to update to Win8. Unless you have a touch screen, the new UI, to me, is butt ugly. Win7 works perfect.
  13. "I see no new "features" that would compel me to update to Win8"
    Google/Bing is your friend:

    "maybe it's just me and people not tech enough will end up loving it for being so simple... maybe it's just me."

    Well me and my kids think it's cool. Are you having problems learning to use it? I can send my kids over to teach you? They're both under 10. They learned that once you stay under classic desktop, metro doesn't come up UNLESS YOU WANT IT TO.

    In that case you can hover over the lower left corner and click it, or even easier, click the "windows" key once to bring up metro, one more time to recede it.

    Maybe this tune will help you, my kids learned it. To the the tune of the kid's song "it's a small world"


    If you want start, click the key!

    if you want start, click the key!

    if you want start, click the key!

    click the key to bring up start!

    La La La La, La La La!
  14. Can one of you simpletons out there who think tablets are the craze explain to me why I would want to download and install this? I have no interest in sitting 12" away from my 21.5" monitor for hours at a time just so I can swipe the screen like a chimpanzee would do. One thing is for sure. Windows 8 should increase the demand for alcohol wipes to constantly clean the fingerprints off the screen.

    Can somebody say "PASS!". Or should I say "FAIL!".

    Microsoft, get your head out of your XXX and realize that you cannot develop a single OS for all devices.You lazy programmers. Shame on you.

    Let the people speak as they did with Vista. DO NOT install and use this native tablet OS on your desktop. Wait for Windows 9. I am.
  15. The writing is on the wall for Ballmer's scalp. One-size-fits-all does not work for hardware across computing and mobile segments, so why should it for the Operating System? Because Apple is making an equally poor attempt at IOS-izing OSX too? Microsofties can hate on the haters all they like, but time will prove whether Metro is a productivity killer for those who need to work rather than just play.
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    I kind of said that maybe people not techie enough would love it for being so simple, if you have no idea how to read you might ask one of your under 10 kids to teach you some reading comprehension.

    EDIT: And letting you know that typing in caps is considered rude... just saying.
  17. Can anyone recommend some cheap tablet hardware to try this on ?
  18. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    I have just installed it, my first experiment with Windows 8. So far I love it. I don't understand why people were complaining about switching between Metro and Desktop modes - it seems so easy to me, very intuitive. You either press Windows button, or use left-bottom corner of the window.

    I didn't need to read anything to discover everything very quickly myself.
  19. My quick review is they have added a few tweaks however they are still keeping the Metro interface. Metro is a deal breaker, I will either stay on Windows 7 and/or go to Linux (Ubuntu 12.04, Mint 13, etc).
  20. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    I love how some people think that it is either Windows 8 or not Windows... -_-
  21. For those of you who must have the start button, you can install this open source freeware which will bring start menu back (works with windows 8)

    "classic start menu for windows 8"

    When you reboot it will still bring up metro, but hit the windows key or click "desktop" tile, and once you're in classic shell, you pretty much stay there with access to the start menu.

    It won't remove metro hot corners (so you still have compatibility with metro task manager and such). But you will have an even better version of the old start menu. Check out the classic shells options, there's a ton.

    Again myself I've moved beyond the start button, but this freeware makes it great for people used to one paradigm.

    Hope this helps,
  22. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Using the 'Upgrade Assistant", the only option I have for what to keep is "nothing". I have the consumer preview installed, but why can't I keep my stuff if I want to upgrade?
  23. Windows 8 is pointless, it's just an overgrown mobile OS, not as good as 2000, XP, 7, or (for pity's sake!) Vista.
  24. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    I'm inclined to agree with the general vibe here - I can't work out what it's for; OS for a giant's smartphone? A skin for people who hate the look of Windows 7, but want the same basic functionality? :confused:

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