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Microsoft Signing Off on Windows 8 Build 8250 as Preview

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

It's soon time for a fresh coat of Windows.

Windows 8 will soon be in the hands of the public for those who don't mind experimenting on non-production machines. According to the Verge, Microsoft will be signing off on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build that will be released next week.

Microsoft supposedly will be putting the latest touches on this Windows 8 version that is expected to carry the build number 8250. The release is expected to happen at the company's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. ET).

Also expected to hit on February 29 are the beta versions of Windows Server 8 and Visual Studio 11.

If you have an older or non-essential computer (or room for a spare partition), this weekend would be a good time to get it prepped for the free preview software.

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    theconsolegamer , February 26, 2012 10:42 AM
    confish21Really looking forward to a full format and install. Just free me from this Vista contraption.

    Vista is pretty much stable now.
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    PuckerFactor , February 26, 2012 10:41 AM
    All that money, all that programming, all those resources to draw upon...and the GUI looks like some secretary knocked it all up on PowerPoint.
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    madooo12 , February 26, 2012 9:23 AM
    I have a partition ready for a month

    when Win8 DP came out I didn't have a spare partition so I installed it instead of my OS about 19 hours after it came out

    currently I'm running ubuntu but I'll be sure to get Win8 CP once it comes out
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    skyline100 , February 26, 2012 9:32 AM
    Looking forward to it.
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    bin1127 , February 26, 2012 10:10 AM
    I hope the only improvements made isn't just the metro interface. I'll find a computer to try out the preview.
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    confish21 , February 26, 2012 10:17 AM
    Really looking forward to a full format and install. Just free me from this Vista contraption.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2012 10:29 AM
    My favorites are "Windows To Go" and Hyper-V (on client editions).
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    PuckerFactor , February 26, 2012 10:41 AM
    All that money, all that programming, all those resources to draw upon...and the GUI looks like some secretary knocked it all up on PowerPoint.
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    theconsolegamer , February 26, 2012 10:42 AM
    confish21Really looking forward to a full format and install. Just free me from this Vista contraption.

    Vista is pretty much stable now.
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    JOSHSKORN , February 26, 2012 10:44 AM
    not looking forward to it. I love Windows 7. I'm not in a hurry to upgrade until the jury has reached a verdict on Windows 8. Windows Vista was so bad I was in a hurry to upgrade to Windows 7.
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    friskiest , February 26, 2012 11:05 AM
    I'll rather see trolls in here than someone telling her best friend's step mom or whatever got money from fishy sites.
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    nebun , February 26, 2012 11:43 AM
    can't wait....my partition is waiting for it :) 
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    memadmax , February 26, 2012 11:43 AM
    Why don't they just call it windows tablet edition???? .... sheesh....
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    nebun , February 26, 2012 11:44 AM
    confish21Really looking forward to a full format and install. Just free me from this Vista contraption.

    have you heard of win7....you should really look into it......it's the most stable OS Microsoft has produced
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    memadmax , February 26, 2012 11:44 AM
    theconsolegamerVista is pretty much stable now.


    Touche. I actually like the UI of Vista better than 7. But it's still a little slower, and we are on DX11 already, so yea...
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    math1337 , February 26, 2012 11:54 AM
    memadmaxTouche. I actually like the UI of Vista better than 7. But it's still a little slower, and we are on DX11 already, so yea...

    If I recall correctly, Vista supports DX11. The only real reason to upgrade from vista to 7 at this point is the UI improvements.
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    A Bad Day , February 26, 2012 12:18 PM
    Well, I have a 12 years old desktop computer nobody uses. I wonder if W8 can run on a P3 processor with 512 MB of RAM and 32 GB of HDD?
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2012 12:40 PM
    I partitioned about 40gb of space just for Win8CP, man, talk about a long wait.
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    rahulkadukar , February 26, 2012 12:44 PM
    Does nobody here use VMWare ?
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    alextheblue , February 26, 2012 12:51 PM
    math1337If I recall correctly, Vista supports DX11. The only real reason to upgrade from vista to 7 at this point is the UI improvements.
    There are some additional performance improvements and other odds and ends too. From the typical end user's point of view you'll probably only really notice the UI and UAC improvements. Performance is up a bit but probably only diehard framerate junkies will notice. It's not night-and-day earthshattering differences. So yes, if you already have Vista fully up to date, with good drivers that don't crash, there isn't much incentive to upgrade to 7.

    At least for the home user. For business/IT purposes, there's a LOT of very noticeable improvements in Win7. There's better file searching, better remote access, much improvement management (scripting, troubleshooting, etc), security enhancements (including stuff like applocker, better smart card support, native biometrics, etc), and deployment improvements (dynamic driver provisioning comes to mind - smaller images, and fewer images needed. just have it nab drivers off the server). There's probably a lot more stuff I'm not thinking of.

    A lot of those features are exclusive to Enterprise or Server editions, of course. They're useless for a typical home user, hence the removal of the features and lower price tag.
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    alextheblue , February 26, 2012 1:02 PM
    A Bad DayWell, I have a 12 years old desktop computer nobody uses. I wonder if W8 can run on a P3 processor with 512 MB of RAM and 32 GB of HDD?
    Depends on clockspeed and GPU. If it has integrated graphics from that era, don't bother. Although with .5GB of memory and an unnamed PIII (500Mhz? 1.2 Ghz Tualatin??) I don't know that you're gonna be doing much more than playing around with Metro either way.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 26, 2012 2:31 PM
    Am I the only one who looked at the picture and immediately thought of kids' puzzles? :D  (It DOES look that childish - shows the intended customer base)
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