If you’ve been following my posts here on NAG Online and on the forums about Windows 8, you’ll know that I’m just filled with excitement at the launch of the new OS that will aim to unify Microsoft’s design language across their OS lineup and home to keep Apple at bay. Today the Windows 8 Release Preview went live to download on the Windows Dev Center and its free to download and try out until March next year. I’ll be re-installing my dual-boot version of 8 so that I can be on top of things, but for those of you content to watch, follow my posts in the coming months focusing on the changes for Windows 8 for desktop, laptop and tablet users.
Note that this new version requires the use of a new product key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J. You can download both the 32 and 64-bit versions here. although I’d urge everyone do download and use the 64-bit ISO if you’re going to try it out. The more Microsoft sees users abandoning 32-bit installs, the quicker it’ll drop it from the lineup. Those of you who’ve previously downloaded the ISO will notice that the 64-bit version is now 200MB smaller – thats thanks to the removal of Aero and a couple of applications which weren’t working for users worldwide. While its still a beta, Windows 8 is now stable enough for everyday use, though I’d caution you not to chop off your Windows 7 install just yet.