Today, 31 May 2012, Microsoft announced the Windows 8 Release Preview. You can download Windows 8 Release Preview .ISO image from Microsoft website and install on your computer.
Since this is a new release, thousands of people are currently downloading this pre release software. You may experience delays and other problems while you attempt to download Windows 8 Release Preview.
Where to download Windows 8 Release Preview ISO image?
If you like to download Windows 8 Release Preview ISO Image, go directly to the Microsoft Windows 8 official site. This page is specifically for the .ISO images of the Windows 8 Release Preview.
There are 2 .ISO image available for download for English:
The 64 bit version is 3.3GB and the 32 bit version is 2.5GB.
Depending on your connection speed, it may take up to few hours to download the .ISO images. I tried to download it on my laptop and the connection was interrupted few times. However, I could download the Windows 8 Release Preview ISO image on my server located in USA within 8 minutes, even though it was interrupted once when I was almost done with the download. After interrupted, I had to restart the download again.
Did you download and install the Windows 8 release preview? Share your experience. I am currently installing it and will post my experience here soon.
If you have a slower connection, you have another option. Instead of the .ISO image, you can install a minim setup file which can be downloaded in few seconds. This setup program will download and install Windows 8 in the background. One disadvantage with this is, you can download it only on the computer where you want to install the Windows 8 Release Preview. Also, it require active internet connection during the installation since it need to download the files on the fly.
Direct link to download Windows 8 Release Preview Setup and ISO images
It looks like the official Microsoft download page for Windows 8 is too slow or even fail to load currently due to large volume of traffic. However, the direct links to download the Windows 8 ISO images seem to work fine even if the download page is not loading.
Here are the direct links to download Windows 8 Release Preview:
Download Windows 8 Release Preview 64-bit
Download Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit
Windows 8 Release Preview System Requirements
Before you start the installation, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 8 Release Preview.
|Guest Author: waeharong 31 May 2012|
|Author: Krishna Chaitanya Reddy 01 Jun 2012||Member Level: Silver Points : 0|
What is the difference between Windows 8 Release Preview & Windows 8 Consumer Preview...?
|Author: Tony John 01 Jun 2012||Member Level: Diamond Points : 1|
Windows 8 Consumer Preview was the previous release of Windows which was meant for giving a preview of Windows 8 to the consumers. Now the Windows 8 Release preview is a much more stable version and is meant to give a preview of the final release to everyone. The Release Preview is much more completed release and is expected to have less features.
|Guest Author: shinu 21 Jun 2012|
|Hi All |
I am facing some issue when installing Windows 8 RP version in Vmware 8.0.3.It telling that
"A media driver needs computer is missing this could be a DVD/USB or Hard Disc driver....etc "
I am using ISO from microsft.directly mounting with Vmware DVD drive.