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SmogHog
09-13-2011, 07:12 PM
The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)

DOWNLOAD (http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer.iso) (4.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash - 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF
All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.

64-bit Windows Developer Preview
Windows SDK for Metro style apps
Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)

DOWNLOAD (http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English.iso) (3.6 GB)
Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

DOWNLOAD (http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-32bit-English.iso) (2.8 GB)
Sha 1 hash - 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.

Live Connect

Sign up for the Live Connect (http://connect.microsoft.com/site1226) technical preview.
Live Connect provides developers a set of controls and APIs that enable applications to integrate Single Sign On (SSO) with Microsoft connected accounts and enable users to access information from SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Messenger.

System Requirements

Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview


You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.
Install on:Windows Developer Preview with developer toolsWindows Developer Preview (32-bit or 64-bit)Windows 7 and Windows VistaClean install onlyYou can keep accounts, files, and settingsWindows XPClean install onlyYou can only keep accounts and filesA clean install is supported on all builds. You will only receive the full set of installation options when setup is launched in Windows.

How to install the Windows Developer Preview from an ISO image

The Windows Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Burn-a-CD-or-DVD-from-an-ISO-file). On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.

Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

Are you an MSDN Subscriber?

Go to the MSDN subscriber page (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx) to see additional developer preview downloads available.

JP@XoticPC
09-19-2011, 09:31 AM
Got this installed last night...Definitely tooled towards tablets, didn't like the interface. Reminds me of the phones Microsoft offered for Verizon called KIN which were absolutely terrible. Verizon pulled them from the shelves a few weeks after their release. No 3rd party app store, limited features...ugh. Lets hope they don't make the same mistake with Win8.

Maverick494
09-19-2011, 10:45 AM
Got this installed last night...Definitely tooled towards tablets, didn't like the interface. Reminds me of the phones Microsoft offered for Verizon called KIN which were absolutely terrible. Verizon pulled them from the shelves a few weeks after their release. No 3rd party app store, limited features...ugh. Lets hope they don't make the same mistake with Win8.

Didn't you know, that is exactly the way they are probably going. You will get a baseline OS (think windows 7 starter) and then in order to get the pieces of the OS you want, you'll have to get an "app" that covers it from MS.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/

also

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/2c0fef48-db70-4573-8e43-8352355ac4f7

JP@XoticPC
09-19-2011, 11:24 AM
Thanks for the links Mav. Luckily Win7 isn't going anywhere for a while (hopefully) so I'll just hang on to it :P

Scrototems
09-19-2011, 05:35 PM
It wouldn't make sense for Microsoft to release a new OS now or in the near future (I mean a replacement for Windows 7). They still have billions to make off of Windows 7 release and the enterprise market likes to wait at least 2 years after release to perform client overhauls.

Maverick494
09-19-2011, 06:22 PM
It wouldn't make sense for Microsoft to release a new OS now or in the near future (I mean a replacement for Windows 7). They still have billions to make off of Windows 7 release and the enterprise market likes to wait at least 2 years after release to perform client overhauls.

I am going to guess Q4 2012 we will see windows 8.

Scrototems
09-19-2011, 07:32 PM
I am going to guess Q4 2012 we will see windows 8.

Sounds about right but isn't the world going to end around that timeframe?

SmogHog
09-19-2011, 08:51 PM
The devrlopers preview is just that,a preview.

As it’s a prerelease software, some features are not available yet. According to Building Windows 8 blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/13/welcome-to-windows-8-the-developer-preview.aspx), the preview build does not include the Windows Store, Windows Live Metro style apps, and some of the user interface features; and tha the focus of the preview is the API and development tools for building Metro style apps. In fact, Microsoft gives the following warning: The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

Screenshots:
Desktop (http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9569/69518271.png)
New Start Screen (http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/1025/imgfd.png)
Windows Store Isn't Avaliable (http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/2908/windowsstore.png)
Control Panel Metro Style (http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/7884/4444bq.png)
Using CMD (http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/9324/2222fl.png)
Aero Lite (http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/1450/aerolitev.png)
News App splash screen (http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/8469/news1oe.png)
News App 2 (http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/8049/2222444.png)
Twitter App splash screen (http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/1964/tweetsplash.png)
Twitter App login (http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1716/tweetsetup.png)
Replacing files (http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/2331/newreplace.png)
Icons (http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/5231/buggyl.png)
16-bit application support

Those attending the Microsoft event received a tablet with the OS installed on it.This developer version is intended for the developement of software to run on Arm based computers.

Microsoft probably released it to the public as well because they knew it would be on the Internet as soon as a copy was handed out.

Most PC enthusiasts probably would want to wait for the Public Beta version of the normal Windows 8 operating system due before the end of the year.

RTM could be as soon as July 2012 with GA in late fall 2012.

JoeE
09-28-2011, 05:35 PM
I have it running on VMWare 8 Workstation. I had to upgrade from VMware 7 to run it but I wanted to do that anyway.

So far I have to say I can't stand the interface. Maybe it will grow on me we will see.