How to install Windows 8 beta for Free

The latest Windows 8 beta has been released recently; now it’s time to get your both hands on the free Consumer Preview.  The Microsoft’s Windows 8 beta is available free of cost but you need to treat the beta version with caution. The Windows 8 beta version, which is officially called the Consumer Preview is very easy to install but needs basic requirements to run. The following guide will help you to install it on your computer.

Basic Requirements:

If your computer is handling Window 7, then it is likely that it can handle windows 8 also. Some of the basic requirements for Windows 8 are:

  •  1 gigahertz or faster processor
  • 1 gig of RAM for 32-bit or 2 gigs for 64-bit
  • a 16 gig hard drive for 32-bit, or 20 gigs for 64-bit
  • a graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 9 or higher

Extras can only work with certain specifications like touch features can only be accessed through touch screen monitor or tablet and Windows Store requires Internet connections that needs screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768. In addition to those drawbacks, snap apps that let you split the screen between two apps require a resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

Installing Windows 8

You can have a first look at the Consumer Preview at

The initial step is simple, as you have to just click “Get it now,” enter your e-mail and country if you would like, and begin downloading the installer. The installer will automatically detect your operating system and you can even overwrite your current operating system or just create a partition before installing it with the help of using a tool called Easeus Partition Master (download).

The subsequent step is a bit harder but not too much complex that you cannot handle. Now, you need to put Windows 8 beta on a disc or thumb drive, Click the ISO link from the Windows site and fill all your information i.e. operating version (32-bit or 64-bit) and local language.

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You can even convert a USB key/DVD into an ISO installer with the help of Microsoft tool. For that, you have to download appropriate version of ISO for your system and for XP users, separate program is needed to convert the ISO to an installer. Even DVD burners can include this. For Windows 7 and Vista users, Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool from the Microsoft Store works well that can be downloaded scrolling halfway down the page to the link.

Now, when you have downloaded the program, run it and navigate it en route to Windows 8 ISO source file. After that, select and insert appropriate device either USB or DVD to start copying. It’s now up to you to love it or hate it as you were only concerned to have the first look of Windows 8.

Also have a look at the video tutorial from CNET below.

via How To – CNET

About Bilal Hameed

Posted on March 6, 2012, in Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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