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Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Developer Preview

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 53 comments

Get your hands on Windows 8 right now!

UPDATE: It's available for download now!

Windows 8 is the star at the Microsoft Build event going on right now, but you don't have to be there to get your hands on this next version of the operating system.

Microsoft will be releasing a Developer Preview for download later tonight. Windows president writes in a blog post:

You probably want to try out the preview release—and you can. Starting later tonight you can download the Windows 8 Developer Preview. This includes a 64-bit (x64) build with development tools to build apps, and a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) build without development tools. The releases also include a suite of sample applications (please note these are merely illustrations of potential apps, not apps that we intend to ship with Windows 8). The ISOs are linked to from

Upgrade from Windows 7 installation is not supported for pre-release code; only clean installs are supported. Reminder: this is a developer preview release and is not meant for production. It is not a beta release. We will be updating the release with various quality updates and drivers over the coming weeks/months just to exercise our overall update and telemetry mechanisms.

Stay tuned for more on Windows 8.

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    eddieroolz , September 13, 2011 9:28 PM
    As of now (2:30PDT) the site is still not available. However I'd be stoked if regulars (non-devs) can download this too.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2011 9:34 PM
    Check the Winrumors site and see some gorgeous videos. Tom is rather slow nowadays in picking relevant news pieces.
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    tupz , September 13, 2011 9:47 PM
    I wonder how long it'l take us all to destroy their servers =/
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    captaincharisma , September 13, 2011 10:08 PM
    i checked the winrumors site and it said it will not be available till 8:00 PST
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    kilo_17 , September 13, 2011 10:16 PM
    Can non-devs still D/L this?
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    Thunderfox , September 13, 2011 10:19 PM
    kilo_17Can non-devs still D/L this?

    Sure. It's called BitTorrent.
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    CaedenV , September 13, 2011 10:45 PM
    I wonder if this means they will stick with the Win8 name. I know they had said it was just a working title with a real name to come later, but I hope not
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    cybr , September 13, 2011 10:51 PM
    Post a link when someone haz. :) 
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    warmon6 , September 13, 2011 11:16 PM
    kilo_17Can non-devs still D/L this?

    to answer your question!/windevs


    0x6d617361 Masahiro David
    @windevs Can non developers download Windows 8 Developer Preview ?
    9 minutes ago
    in reply to ↑

    Windows Developers
    @0x6d617361 Yes, everybody can download it.
    7 minutes ago via HootSuite
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    Darkerson , September 13, 2011 11:42 PM
    This should be interesting. I'll definitely be checking this out, one way or another.
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    house70 , September 13, 2011 11:49 PM
    atkinsonleonardI just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an id iot .......

    You are a spammer, and an idiotic one at that. You got that part right.
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    warmon6 , September 14, 2011 12:04 AM
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    captaincharisma , September 14, 2011 12:08 AM
    You are a spammer, and an idiotic one at that. You got that part right.

    you talk to bots now?
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    eddieroolz , September 14, 2011 12:16 AM
    Download link is online now for me (@5:16PDT). Get yours now!
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    Darkerson , September 14, 2011 12:19 AM
    warmon6DOWNLOADS ARE GO!
    At 1st I thought you were joking, but the links are indeed live. Start your engines!
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    johnsmithhatesVLC , September 14, 2011 12:26 AM
    What was that special edge to edge or something touchscreen hardware requirement again?
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    warmon6 , September 14, 2011 12:37 AM
    darkersonAt 1st I thought you were joking, but the links are indeed live. Start your engines!

    nope :p  I was following the twitter tweets on the microsoft-dev and as soon as i saw them say they were live and checked it my self, i posted that comment just before downloading.

    I really not much of a joking person in articles, you have to find me joking around in the forums ;)  :lol:  :p 
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    TheViper , September 14, 2011 12:43 AM
    Servers are getting hammered, as expected. 8.5 hours to go.
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    warmon6 , September 14, 2011 1:07 AM
    TheViperServers are getting hammered, as expected. 8.5 hours to go.

    hmmm currently near my max internet speed (about 4 to 4.5mb/s on a 5 mb/s connection) downloading the x64 with Dev tools (already got 1.7 GB done of 4.8 and only an hour to go according to chrome)... which ISO you downloading?
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    jeraldjunkmail , September 14, 2011 1:08 AM
    Got my copy before it choked out or was pulled, etc...
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