Finally today at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2012)  in Barcelona, the software  giant  Microsoft released the consumer preview of Windows 8 or Windows 8 beta and is now available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview allows users to test drive Microsoft  next-generation operating system , users can download it for free either in ISO format ( burn it to a DVD or move it to USB drive using theWindows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool) or as a setup file.


Last September at BUILD conference, Microsoft released the first build of Windows 8 for developers and called it as Windows 8 Developer Preview, which surpassed the 500,000 downloads mark within 24 hours of release, and the 3 million mark by December, so I’m sure today Microsoft servers will get slammed with heavy traffic.

Windows 8 is a bold shift from Windows 7 and represents Microsoft’s new direction.It’s designed to work on a wide range of devices , from touch-enabled tablets, to laptops, to desktops and all-in-ones.Windows 8 will give you instant access to your apps, your files, and the information you care about most so you can spend less time navigating and more time doing what you actually want to do.


Some key features in Windows 8 Consumer preview include :

  1. A brand-new interface designed for touch-screen systems, that lets you ‘swipe, slide and zoom’ to control your apps.
  2. Windows Store, an app store that lets users buy and download applications.
  3. latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 10, that features better than ever support for full-screen browsing.
  4. IE 10,like other apps, supports touch-based gestures and is designed to be faster than ever before.
  5. Technologies like SmartScreen and Tracking Protection to make browsing safer.
  6. Native Skydrive support.

There are a lot of new features to look forward to in the Consumer Preview including the new start screen, the appification of the Windows platform, deep Skydrive integration, and much much more.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview System Requirements:

If your system runs on Windows 7, then you can install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your system.In general, you can expect Windows 8 Consumer Preview to run on a PC with the following requirements:

  • 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

However, there are some extra requirements to take into consideration to use certain features in Windows 8. In order to use the Snap feature, you will need a PC with a 1366×768 resolution or higher. If you want to use touch, you’ll need a multitouch-capable laptop, tablet, or display. Windows 8 supports up to five simultaneous touch points, so if your hardware doesn’t, you may find typing on the onscreen keyboard and using certain controls more of a challenge.

Also you need an Internet connection to try the Windows Store, to download and install apps, and to take your settings and files with you from one Windows 8 PC to another.

Reminder :

Before downloading you must know the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is beta version of Windows 8, that gives a preview of what’s to come. It represents a work in progress, and some things will change before the final release. This means you’ll encounter some hiccups and bugs.

Update [31/05/2016] : If you are looking to download  Windows 7  / Windows 8 ISO images easily, then use this free & tiny tool called Windows ISO Downloader.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download Links :

The download size of  Windows 8 beat for  32-bit or x86 systems  is 2.5 GB and for 64bit or x64 systems is 3.3 GB.The Consumer Preview build string is 8250.0.winmain_win8beta.120217-1520,  indicates build was compiled on 17th February.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Interested users can download Windows 8 beta or consumer preview from below directs links or from Microsoft official page.

Download : Windows 8 Consumer Preview (64 bit or x64) (3.3 GB)
Download : Windows 8 Consumer Preview ( 32-bit or x86): (2.5 GB)
Download :Windows 8 Consumer Preview for Other languages
Download :Windows 8 Consumer Preview Admin Tools:

Update [August 16,2012]: Download Windows 8 Enterprise 90-Day Trial Now