Microsoft 's Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now Available for Download
Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the public for everyone to enjoy and test. The Consumer Preview build of Windows 8 allows for easy upgrading and it features built-in tools that allow for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive for certain versions of Windows.
It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out.
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See what's newSwipe, slide, and zoom
Touch a full-powered PC. It's fast and it's fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control. More
Apps, front and center
Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store. More
Your Windows, everywhere
Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in. More
Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview brings you immersive web browsing on screens big and small.More
The familiar, made better
Still devoted to your mouse and keyboard? Windows 8 makes the tried-and-true feel brand new. More
The Windows Experience Blog
Read this Windows Experience Blog entry for some tips on getting started with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. More
Behind the ScenesMeet the engineering team
Check out a short video for an informal look at Windows 8 from one of the teams that built it.
Watch The Video
Building Windows 8
Get the latest news and the inside scoop on the development process from the Windows 8 engineering team blog. Visit The Blog
The product guide
Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for more in-depth, detailed info on this release.
Download the product guide (.pdf)