Windows 8 Developer Preview now available

We mentioned it yesterday and apparently in the wee hours of the night Microsoft released the Developer Preview of Windows 8. It is a pre-beta version of the new OS for developers to tinker with and Microsoft makes it clear that you bear the risk of using it, noting that it may not be stable or work correctly.

Microsoft provides several download options (64-bit, 32-bit, with tools, without tools, etc). There are a few system requirements for running the Preview that include:

  • 1gb RAM on 32-bit systems or 2gb RAM on 64-bit
  • 16gb of hard disk space on 32-bit systems or 20gb of hard drive space on 64-bit
  • DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher drivers
  • 1GHz or faster processor on either 32-bit or 64-bit systems

To take advantage of the touch input, you will need a screen that supports multi-touch.  One last note on using the Windows 8 Preview is that you can't uninstall the Preview. To get rid of it, you'll have to reinstall your previous OS via restore or installation media.

If your feeling up to the adventure, you can find the Developer's Preview of Windows 8 here.

Thanks goes out to H3ALY for the tip!

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • anyone know if you can install this into a virtual machine???
  • That's what I plan to try, maybe this weekend.
  • Get virtualbox. I tried it this afternoon with w8 x64. VMware Player only shows the new BSOD ;)
  • Tried it on VMWare Fusion with no luck this morning. In this process of downloading VirtualBox! ;)
  • yeah im gona try this too :) i cant wait to try it out hehehe
  • It doesn't say anything about what processor(s) you can use. I thought Windows 8 was moving away from x86 and towards Atom and other mobile/tablet oriented processors?
  • In the BUILD presentation, you could use any processor you had. From Netbook to that massive 80 core thing they had in the presentation. It'll run 32 or 64bit. I'm running it on a 64bit AMD dual core processor and it's sweeeeet!
  • If you want to run it as a Virtual Machine: get VirtualBox.
  • Downloading now, will attempt it in Vmware workstation
  • I'm going to try the bootable vhd route as described by Scott Hanselman here:'t do it until after work tonight, and I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow assuming I still have a functional 'puter...
  • Does anyone know if I can use the "Boot from disc" option to create a separate partition?EDIT:I think I may have found my answer.
  • I'm running it dual boot with Windows 7. It is fast. Even the download manager is spunky to where I might not need bother with IDM. Not sure yet, its early but the single downloads are really fast. Microsoft has stepped up...again.
  • I've also got mine set up on an inexpensive Dell laptop. Dual booting with Windows 7. Working like a charm.* :)* my wireless network at work is horrible though. :(
  • I've got a Lenovo lying around I may throw this on. 2 GHz core 2 duo, 3 GB of ram, and a 160 GB hard drive. O think this should run quite nice.
  • Will download it later today. Had stuff to do last night and didn't feel like having my bandwidth sapped for 3 hours.From what I've heard, it's working fine in VirtualBox so that's the route I'll be taking.