You will find below the Windows 8 Consumer Preview download link
Update: Windows 8 Consumer Preview needs a product key ! That’s for sure and most of the users which have downloaded the image did not expect that. In order to grab a product key you just have to press on the “Get it now” button and follow the on screen instructions, on the Microsoft download page. In the end of this download process you will be provided with your unique product key.
Alternatively you can use the product key which is provided in the image below. It is public and it was released together with this Windows 8 Consumer Preview download:
Update: Windows 8 Consumer Preview download is finally ready. Microsoft will make it official today, in Barcelona. The event, obviously, is held at World Mobile Congress. The download of the beta system should start at 9 AM EST. We are pretty sure that the Microsoft servers which are hosting Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be fully loaded in the next minute the session will start. The new beta operating system is expected to bring a lot of new features which should be also integrated in the final Windows 8 release, this autumn. Between them, it is worth noting a Skydrive integration and also a new start screen which differs a lot from what we are used to receive from Microsoft.
The size of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview download should be a little bit over 3 GB. So, we recommend you to start freeing up space on your hard drives or prepare a virtual machine in which you could download and install the 64-bits Consumer Preview image.
Leaked photos are showing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview download and setup process (using product key and not Live ID). It looks like Windows 8 Consumer Preview can be considered as the next beta version. We are saying this, because, yesterday, an unofficial W8 blog (Windowsblogitalia.com) has published some leaked images taken from the setup process of this new version of the much expected operating system.
As far we can see, these images correspond to the setup process that Microsoft has officially described as Windows 8 setup experience. The product key for Consumer Preview is also required.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview can be installed on a machine which is already running the previous version of this platform (7). Therefore, in order to install this operating system (product key required) , you have to download an application, which, in the beginning it will scan all your components of your PC, then it will check if they corresponds to the requirements of this OS. In the end you will receive a compatibility report in which Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) will let you know which devices are compatible with it and, also, which are those that seem to be incompatible. This report can be displayed in a more detailed way and you can also copy and print it, too.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download & Setup (Using Product Key)
The product key, which is required in order to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview, needs an activation process before proceeding with the installation.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview download is possible only with a dedicated tool. This application comes under the form of a download manager. Its role is to provide access to a Microsoft Server from which you can start the process of downloading Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) , and, also its installation, using the popular product key code.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview download
Luckily, if your internet connection is not very stable, you don’t have to worry. That’s because the download manager that we have described in the above mentioned paragraph will take care that, in case the data connection is interrupted. Of course your Windows 8 Consumer Preview download will be interrupted. But, using the download manager it will be possible for you to re-start this important process right from the point where it left when your internet connection has crashed. Of course, it will continue with the installation of the OS, in which you will have to provide its product key.
Another thing we have observed from the leaked setup images of Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) setup is the fact that this operating system is being downloaded into a temporary file on your hard drive, following the installation process to start. At the end of this last process the temporary file will probably be deleted automatically by the OS.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Key
We have observed also that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) will have a normal installation process which, also, looks pretty much the same with what we had to do in order to setup the Developer Preview. The product key is also required, but this situation has also been observed during the installation of the first beta.
The same website (windowsblogitalia.com) has declared that Windows 8 Consumer Preview download should be available to public after 15th of February (but until the beginning of March, 2012). Unfortunately we have no news regarding what kind of product key will be required in order to install it, and if Microsoft will offer them for free.
Update: a leaked image on the internet proves that Windows 8 Consumer Preview is in fact build 8220. this means that this test version should become the beta candidate for the operating system which will be released this year by the Redmond based company.
The leaked image has been posted on PCbeta.com. We can see in this image a lot of useful information such the candidate build no. and also the its code. Therefore we can pull the conclusion that Windows 8 Consumer Preview should be available for download as beta version.
There are no information to prove the fact that Windows 8 Consumer Preview will need a product key or not.
However, it is our duty to highlight the fact that the source of this photo is not official. Therefore there are some chances that the image to be not so reliable as everybody thinks.
Update 2: Another detail has been revealed regarding the Windows 8 Consumer Preview download. The taskbar in this OS could have also the role of a dock which will appear in the start menu. This is possible only when the charm bar is activated. This detail has been revealed by one of the My Digital Life forum, which has the Canouna nickname.
All these details make us think that Windows 8 Consumer Preview is very close to a leak, which is bad thing for Microsoft, nut, as we know, it happened before also.
We have also uploaded the leaked picture which seems to contain (we have used the “seems” word because we don’t know for sure if this picture is not a fake) all those interesting details like build number, name of the OS (Windows 8 Consumer Preview) and product key.
Update 3: It looks like nowadays everybody wants to find out more and more details regarding the new release which will show up in a few days: Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Everybody is asking where to download it from and what product key should be used. There are still no answers to these kind of questions but we keep receiving other kind of news. Most of them are related to small details, like the disappearance of the Start button in the new interface and, also we receive all kind of updates on the look of this new OS.
Therefore, we have some new leaked images which provide a view on the start display of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, a new start menu which appears when you roll your mouse over the lower left corner, newly designed icons, an updated setup screen (the update refers to the fact that instead of having the DP you will be now provided with instructions containing the “Windows 8 Consumer Preview” syntax). Also, an updated Explorer menu will be provided together with an Apps list which is now divided by categories (in DP the apps were placed in alphabetical order) and a new charms screen.
There are also some other highlights which deserves to be mentioned. Windows 8 Consumer Preview download will integrate the Windows To Go feature. We see some changes in the browser which is designed by Microsoft: Internet Explorer. It comes with some icon designs and gets rid of Start Orb. The page viewing area looks the same with the one we have been introduced with in DP.
As you might have observed, until now, we don’t have anything spectacular in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. And the most important, we don’t know when the download process will start and if we will be provided with a product key.
Update 4: It looks like Windows 8 Consumer Preview will include several games, popular games like Angry Birds, Pinball, full House Poker, Ms Splosion Man, Toy Soldiers and some other titles, too. Of course, Solitaire will not miss, either.
The games can be found in Windows Store, which is a feature that has been integrated in this new version of the OS. The prices for these games varies between $1.49 and $999.
Update 5: It looks like Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available for download on 29th of February. Microsoft has officially announced today that the beta version will be presented in the Mobile World Congress which is Held in Barcelona. The download will become available in the same day the new test system is introduced. You will be able to get your copy between 3 and 5 PM (CET).
Also, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will receive a multitude of new applications like: Music, Videos, Mail, Photos, Messaging, Skydrive etc. However, most of them are some improved versions of the old apps that we are all familiar with. For example, Messaging, is just a reiteration of the old Live Messenger.
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