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!!