Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview
If you are like me, you tend to want to try out the latest and greatest software, devices, and the like. None is greater than the Windows 8 Consumer preview – getting a glimpse at what will be coming in the next version of Windows – so you can plan your gadget plan accordingly. A lot of improvements have been made since the Developer preview was released back in September – 2011. Here’s the blog link where Steven Sinofsky outlines the preview.
Onto the consumer preview. If you haven’t already downloaded your copy it, do so by going here –> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download. While it’s downloading, read up on Windows 8 Consumer preview here –> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview
Once downloaded, it really depends on how you want to install it. I used VMWare Workstation to get going so as not to cripple by productivity. If you have a spare machine around, you could do a fresh install, or if you use VirtualBox (another virtualization software that is free) you could create a new VM and get going easily.
Steps for VMWorkstation are pretty easy. Create a new VM with a blank HD (I used 60GB) and attach the ISO. One thing to note is remove the floppy disk in the settings of the VM.
If you are asked for a key, use –>DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
After the usual install and config, you’ll be asked to login. Take a look around the new metro style windows and apps. A sign of things to come!!