Windows 8 Download

Posted by Amar on October - 6 - 2011






From the past few months, we have been hearing about Windows 8 builds leaking to the internet through file sharing sites, and peer-to peer networks. Most of those Windows 8 copies are corrupted, buggy, and it is illegal to download them. I didn’t try any unofficial Windows 8 builds as it might end up in wasting 4-5 GB of my bandwidth, and the wait seems to be worthwhile.

I’m excited about the fact that Microsoft released Windows 8 ISO images for users from all over the world to the public today. Everyone will be able to download Windows 8 from the Microsoft Dev website as long as they have or create a Windows Live ID to log in.

Microsoft makes the release available as a 32-bit and 64-bit edition, and will include development tools and samples as well. This includes the Windows 8 SDK for instance and application samples.

The company notes that those samples are not necessarily the apps that will ship with the operating system next year when it comes out.The developer preview has the build number 8102. It will ship with an early preview version (preview 3) of Internet Explorer 10 which plays a major role in Microsoft’s vision for the new operating system. Tablet users will get a special version of Internet Explorer 10 for their systems.

A new feature that will be introduced in Windows 8 is a new task manager which has been designed for end users. Professionals and experts can display a new and improved task manager as well that offers more details in a new layout.One of the new interesting features is the App History tab which details applications that have been active previously on the system and their resource usage.

Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview from the below links.

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


Sha 1 hash – 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF

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)


Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9

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)


Sha 1 hash – 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC

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

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
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater






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