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What is Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and applications and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but we’ve made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.
What are the system requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster.
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
Additional requirements to use certain features:
To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch.
To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Informative Videos on Windows 8 : http://bit.ly/I3rcFi
Windows 8 Consumer Preview FAQ’s : http://bit.ly/HKnqQa
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Well you asked for thoughts...
I have run W8 preview and found it frustrating due to a lack of "customisabilty". The Metro interface may be great on a touchpad but is not suited to a mouse and keyboard.
The big issues for me are working with folders and subfolders and "sub sub folders".
Vista... is brilliant for this as folders are easily customised and can be freely placed at will. By that I mean allocating a small .jpg custom image to each and arranging them in an order that makes sense to the user.
W7... takes a few major steps backwards. The directright click customise feature is lost and you have to access that feature via another route. Free placement is not possible as standard.
W8... poor (that is a personal opinion based mainly on how it handles folders) Although similar to W7 I find that when a disk cleanup is run it deletes all the customised options such that they are not rebuilt automatically. That alone rules it out for me. Again no free sorting and placement. I think it visually unappealing too. Solid colours and boxes, no softness to it all.
Good points, W8 does seem to use less RAM, is reponsive and as an OS is basically good but so frustrating to use. I know it's different and some don't like change but that was a lasting first impression. It should also (Dell... are you listening ) come with a quick user guide or printed sheet covering simple things such as locating power buttons and how to shut down. I (like many others probably) had to google for that one.
My "Vista-era" is not compatible with "Secure Boot". Considering this has been available since Windows XP (SP2), it's hard to believe.Nevertheless, I hope they get this fixed in the next four months or all is going to break loose.
Update on Dell Windows 8 upgrade offer:
Hi! I have Inspiron n5110 and I installed Windows 8 Enterprise x64 from MSDN, and activated it. Here's my problem. It frezzes very often. Sometimes when I'm downloading something, sometimes when I'm in Metro apps, sometimes when it is in sleep mode, sometimes when I do nothing, just freezes.
I tried downloading drivers for Intel HD3000, and Nvidia GeForce GT525m but it still freezes. Is there any solution? I had to install Windows 7 again!