Windows 8: Consumer Preview

I know this is a few days late. I didn’t think about doing this until last night, but whatever. Winking smile

Microsoft has struck again with they’re second preview of the new version of Windows. Remember the Developer Preview that I did a 2-part first impressions post on? Well, now they have the Consumer Preview!

My good buddy, Matt Ryan, over at has given us a nice little tutorial on how to use the new installer that used to not work at all. Speaking of which, there are 2 ways of installing Windows 8 on your computer; downloading the disc image directly or saving Microsoft some bandwidth and downloading the nice little installer package. Let me explain them both:

Downloading the ISO image directly:

If you have been following for a while, you should have a basic idea on what an ISO image is by now. If not, it’s an archive that you can write directly to a disc or use in a virtual machine. (It’s a lot like a Virtual Hard Drive, see my VirtualBox post from earlier.) The thing about downloading the ISO image directly is, if your computer cannot handle Windows 8, you would have wasted time and bandwidth.

Downloading the installer:

Downloading the installer directly will take less time and save Microsoft and yourself bandwidth. The installer will guide you step-by-step through installing Windows. It checks for any hardware or software conflicts and gives you the needed options for fixing any issues. Better to check and make sure Windows works instead of having a computer that doesn’t work.

I don’t know quite how well the Consumer Preview works, but you can click right here to see Microsoft’s website and a lovely little video on Windows 8.

Ok, I’m done now. Winking smile


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