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    The Windows Developer Preview is available to download now! Come back to the Windows Dev Center soon to get the Windows Developer Preview guide, samples, forums, docs and the resources to build on Windows.

    Download the Windows Developer Preview now

    The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

    Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)

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    All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.

    64-bit Windows Developer Preview
    Windows SDK for Metro style apps
    Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
    Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
    28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app

    Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)

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    Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.

    Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

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    Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.

    Live Connect

    Sign up for the Live Connect technical preview.

    Live Connect provides developers a set of controls and APIs that enable applications to integrate Single Sign On (SSO) with Microsoft connected accounts and enable users to access information from SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Messenger.

    System Requirements

    Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

    1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    1 gigabyte (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
    Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

    Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview

    You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.

    Install on: Windows Developer Preview with developer tools Windows Developer Preview (32-bit or 64-bit)
    Windows 7 and Windows Vista Clean install only You can keep accounts, files, and settings
    Windows XP Clean install only You can only keep accounts and files
    A clean install is supported on all builds. You will only receive the full set of installation options when setup is launched in Windows.

    How to install the Windows Developer Preview from an ISO image

    The Windows Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.

    Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

    ALL Download links here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/



    x64 with dev tools: http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/...-Developer.iso

    x64 preview: http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/...it-English.iso

    x86 preview: http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/...it-English.iso
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Dean141's Avatar
      Dean141 -
      Holy crap this is diffrent installed it with ease it installs faster than windows 7, but the start menu is the WHOLE of my second monitor...strange
    1. kramer987's Avatar
      kramer987 -
      ive got my bootable usb stick all ready to go. gonna install when i get home.
    1. Skyliner's Avatar
      Skyliner -
      pretty annoying it doesn't want to work on vmware
    1. Homer_S's Avatar
      Homer_S -
      I think the whole point of Windows 8 is that all of the Windows 7 and earlier platforms will run via VMware (or something similar). Can you run VMware recursively?
    1. josh87's Avatar
      josh87 -
      just tried it out, personally not a fan, think it will be like xp and vista was, people on windows 7 wont see a need to go to 8
    1. wiseone4ever's Avatar
      wiseone4ever -
      Got it working on VMware Fusion. I had to go to VMware to download their latest version though. Check it out, VMware Fusion version 4. As I understand it, they are releasing a newer version for windows as well.
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      yea i dont know if i like it. i think they tried to hard to integrate it into windows phone. some of the features just dont work for a pc environment. feels way too dumbed down to me.