Microsoft released Windows 8 Release Preview yesterday, 31st May 2012. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's easy to try now - whether you're installing it for the first time, or moving from Windows 8 Consumer Preview which was released few months ago.
In this blog entry, find out the links to download Windows 8 Release Preview. You can find the ISO images for all different languages, which you can download to install it offline.
What is Windows 8 Release Preview?
Windows 8 Release Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people, apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Release Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors - especially the new generation of touch devices.
Here’s your chance to be one of the first to try it out. For detailed product and feature information, download the Windows 8 Release Preview Guide (available in English only).
Download Windows 8 Release Preview
You can download any one of the Windows 8 Release Preview ISO image from the below list of links:
- English version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Arabic version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Chinese (Simplified) version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Chinese (Traditional) version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- French version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- German version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Japanese version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Korean version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Portuguese (Brazil) version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Russian version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Spanish version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Swedish version (64 bit – 32 bit)
- Turkish version (64 bit – 32 bit)
All 64-bit versions are of 3.3 GB and all 32-bit versions are of 2.5 GB space. You will need a Product Key to install each one of them.
Here is the Demo Product Key: TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF
Note: If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC, which is typically DVD media. If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.
What are the System Requirements to Install Windows 8 Release Preview?
Windows 8 Release Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Additional requirements to use certain features:
To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch.
To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
Is it safe to install Windows 8 Release Preview?
Windows 8 Release Preview is stable and has been thoroughly tested, but it’s not the finished product. Your PC could crash and you could lose important files. You should back up your data and you shouldn't test Windows 8 Release Preview on your primary home or business PC. You might also encounter problems like:
Software that doesn’t install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs.
Printers, video cards, or other hardware that doesn’t work.
Difficulty accessing corporate or home networks.
Files that might become corrupted.
You should carefully balance the risks and rewards of trying out the Windows 8 Release Preview before you install it.