Windows 8 Consumer Preview- Prerequisites and Precautions

Windows 8 logoMicrosoft has unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview and now it is available for download and give a try to the awesome metro apps and robust features as well. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for free which had been downloaded by million users in a single day. According to the Microsoft it has changed over 100,000 codes since its Developer Preview.  The re-imagined Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a pre-release version of final Windows 8 which has built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7, it is fast, secure and reliable. Microsoft clarifies that Windows 8 Consumer Preview is only for experienced PC users who are intended to enjoy new experiments and it also expects the reviews from preview users to make the final release even good.

Prerequisites for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview runs perfectly with the hardware requirements supported by Windows 7 therefore you need not worry much about it. Below is the list of minimal system requirements for PC or laptop for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview –

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM for 32-bit and 2 GB RAM for 64-bit
  • Minimum 16 GB hard disk for 32-bit and 20 GB hard disk 64-bit
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher

Along with this you will be also asked for the product key if you are installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview from an ISO. Product key is available here.

Windows 8 Consumer preview

Precautions to be taken Before Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview

The most important thing is that- Windows 8 Consumer Preview could not be uninstalled once you install it in your PC or laptop therefore if you need to revert back to Windows 7 or Vista then you must reinstall it from the recovery or a fresh installation so one must backup the data before installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview. According to the Windows 8 developer team it is risky to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview for business PCs as you could lose your important files and data. You can have a look at the opinions of preview users before installing Consumer Preview here.

Download your copy of Windows 8 Consumer Preview from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download