Recommended Hardware for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
According to Microsoft, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview should run fine on the very same hardware that Windows 7 functions on, but the following specs are recommended:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 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
- 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
Where to Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview
You can take one of two paths to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
- Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup – includes a compatibility report, upgrade assistance & built-in tool for converting an ISO image into installation media (such as a DVD or USB flash drive).
- Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images – alternative to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup; you will need to use a third-party program to convert the ISO to a DVD or USB thumb drive. Available in English, Chinese, French, German and Japanese in:
- 64-bit (x64) ~3.3GB
- 32-bit (x86) ~2.5GB
Where to Get Help with Windows 8 Consumer Preview
If you do happen to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, keep in mind that it is beta software, so hiccups and bugs are to be expected. No official support is available; however, you can get help by visiting the:
Additionally, Microsoft will be publishing a series of posts focused on Windows 8 on the Windows Experience Blog, so you may want to periodically check in there as well.
Have fun exploring the new Windows OS!
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