Desktop Software Operating Systems Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)

Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit) Release Preview for Windows

by Microsoft Corp.

Avg. Rating 3.0 (45 votes)

File Details

File Size 3,274.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 8
Date Added
Total Downloads 33,568
Publisher Microsoft Corp.
Homepage Microsoft Windows 8
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Publisher's Description

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a pre-release version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps 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.

Here's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. We'll be using information from preview users to make the final product even better.

Latest Reviews

zuria777

zuria777 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jul 5, 2014

B__B

B__B reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 7, 2013

What a mess!
Schizophrenic UI to say the least, I've not seen such a bad software engineering work since MS Bob times.
"Modern" UI concept is a joke, functionally it resembles more Windows 1.0 (or Bob) than a software of this millennium, maybe it is time for MS to move to "PostModern" era as soon as possible!
On the other hand, under the hood improvements are welcome, nothing groundbreaking but welcome anyway, and I even like the Glass-free desktop.
It is a pity a good minor Windows 7 update like 8 is in its guts was ruined by forcing the Zune/Phone/Toys'r us GUI as first place to start, as new start menu, as where you find yourself after you click on a file associated with a Metro app and so on.
Really a bad move, thinking that Windows GUI paradigm is still a winning one and that phone/mediacenter OS GUI paradigm was always a big loser in any market it has competed.

acee_2000

acee_2000 reviewed vRelease Preview on Mar 16, 2013

I am deployed and my computer crashed in Afghanistan. So, I got my mother to send me an hp laptop. She told me that it had windows 8 on it so I was excited to get my computer. Little did I know that windows 8 operates like a smart phone and I did not want to buy a smart phone computer, I wanted a regular operating system that is user friendly and doesn't require you to sign into a dang account just to download Skype. Sine the internet sucks here, I have been on this retarded operating system trying to download Skype so I can talk to my family back home. This operating system keeps kicking me out. Bottom line is, Microsoft messed this one up big time. I completely and utterly hate this operating system. I have to navigate to another window just to try to get to Skype that can't even download here. This is the worst experience I have ever had with an operating system and I completely hate it. For people who wanted smart phone features on a laptop, then this is for you. But for people who want a regular computer you should choose something that has Windows 7 on it. What was Microsoft thinking? I absolutely hate this operating system with a passion. I cannot even download anything without it being a stupid app. Uh. All in all this is the worst mistake that I could have possibly made. Once before, if I wanted to use a smart phone, I would have bought one instead. I want a regular operating system. Oh by the way if you get something with Windows 8 on it, you cannot replace it with Windows 7 because it will not let you.

pascal_indarto

pascal_indarto reviewed vRelease Preview on Aug 30, 2012

good

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 13, 2012

I recently purchased a nifty HP pavilion dm1 notebook. It came with Windows 7 64 Bit and it was doing just fine. Then, a few days ago I made a very stupid move and downloaded the Windows 8 pre-release evaluation. What I didn't know was that once downloaded Win 8 can't be removed. I tried to bring it back to factory settings, but Windows 8 wiped that out, as well as all other HP programs that came with the note book. As I write, my bluetooth still doesn't work.

I had to find Hp drivers for my notebook to try and bring back to standard. Some of them work and some don't. Since my HP notebook doesn't come with a DVD optical drive I had to order one and also had to order a recovery disk from HP. As soon as these items arrive, I'll be nuking Win 8 and get back to using Win 7, which when you don't have it, one knows how good it was in comparison.

As for Win 8, it has some interesting do-dads. The start screen looks like my wife's Lumia and quite frankly it sucks. To me it's gimicky and a bit childish. It gets in the way of doing what you want to do do with the computer. I could go on, but I've said enough. In short, I won't be shelling out any shekels for Win 8, as it already has cost me a considerable amount of money attempting to get my new notebook back to its original condition. And yes, I was stupid.

nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 4, 2012

Crap !

thartist

thartist reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 2, 2012

ViStart solves this piece of sh1t of an interface quite well even in the RP, makes the desktop somewhat approachable. But even that can't save it from feeling like a FrankOStein.

Sorry, there are good CONCEPTS floating around but the IMPLEMENTATION has left a lot to be desired for non-touch users.

You know what? It would have been much less jarring if the Start Screen could have the same wallpaper as the Desktop. Then sort of the overlay could slide in and ta-da! not so nerve crushing!

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

Typical Microsoft crap. Instead of making a OS that's designed for the PC market they helped to create, they are trying to move in to and take over a market in which they are a late comer. This of course, at the expense of the 90% of us who dont use tablets. Here's some review advice Mircrospud............trash this mess and build a real OS for real world PC users. If this thing is published as is, I'm sticking with Windows 7 until they stop supporting it or my PC goes tits up. Then I'm going back to Apple.

niknetpc

niknetpc reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

Better for tablet PC,not for desktop.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

'Here's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. We'll be using information from preview users to make the final product even better. '

I don't think so MS has ignored the 80% that feel there is some difference between a tablet PC & a 27" monitor ~ It's a shame as MS could so easily kept everyone happy.

Avg. Rating 3.0 (45 votes)
Your Rating
zuria777

zuria777 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jul 5, 2014

B__B

B__B reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 7, 2013

What a mess!
Schizophrenic UI to say the least, I've not seen such a bad software engineering work since MS Bob times.
"Modern" UI concept is a joke, functionally it resembles more Windows 1.0 (or Bob) than a software of this millennium, maybe it is time for MS to move to "PostModern" era as soon as possible!
On the other hand, under the hood improvements are welcome, nothing groundbreaking but welcome anyway, and I even like the Glass-free desktop.
It is a pity a good minor Windows 7 update like 8 is in its guts was ruined by forcing the Zune/Phone/Toys'r us GUI as first place to start, as new start menu, as where you find yourself after you click on a file associated with a Metro app and so on.
Really a bad move, thinking that Windows GUI paradigm is still a winning one and that phone/mediacenter OS GUI paradigm was always a big loser in any market it has competed.

acee_2000

acee_2000 reviewed vRelease Preview on Mar 16, 2013

I am deployed and my computer crashed in Afghanistan. So, I got my mother to send me an hp laptop. She told me that it had windows 8 on it so I was excited to get my computer. Little did I know that windows 8 operates like a smart phone and I did not want to buy a smart phone computer, I wanted a regular operating system that is user friendly and doesn't require you to sign into a dang account just to download Skype. Sine the internet sucks here, I have been on this retarded operating system trying to download Skype so I can talk to my family back home. This operating system keeps kicking me out. Bottom line is, Microsoft messed this one up big time. I completely and utterly hate this operating system. I have to navigate to another window just to try to get to Skype that can't even download here. This is the worst experience I have ever had with an operating system and I completely hate it. For people who wanted smart phone features on a laptop, then this is for you. But for people who want a regular computer you should choose something that has Windows 7 on it. What was Microsoft thinking? I absolutely hate this operating system with a passion. I cannot even download anything without it being a stupid app. Uh. All in all this is the worst mistake that I could have possibly made. Once before, if I wanted to use a smart phone, I would have bought one instead. I want a regular operating system. Oh by the way if you get something with Windows 8 on it, you cannot replace it with Windows 7 because it will not let you.

pascal_indarto

pascal_indarto reviewed vRelease Preview on Aug 30, 2012

good

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 13, 2012

I recently purchased a nifty HP pavilion dm1 notebook. It came with Windows 7 64 Bit and it was doing just fine. Then, a few days ago I made a very stupid move and downloaded the Windows 8 pre-release evaluation. What I didn't know was that once downloaded Win 8 can't be removed. I tried to bring it back to factory settings, but Windows 8 wiped that out, as well as all other HP programs that came with the note book. As I write, my bluetooth still doesn't work.

I had to find Hp drivers for my notebook to try and bring back to standard. Some of them work and some don't. Since my HP notebook doesn't come with a DVD optical drive I had to order one and also had to order a recovery disk from HP. As soon as these items arrive, I'll be nuking Win 8 and get back to using Win 7, which when you don't have it, one knows how good it was in comparison.

As for Win 8, it has some interesting do-dads. The start screen looks like my wife's Lumia and quite frankly it sucks. To me it's gimicky and a bit childish. It gets in the way of doing what you want to do do with the computer. I could go on, but I've said enough. In short, I won't be shelling out any shekels for Win 8, as it already has cost me a considerable amount of money attempting to get my new notebook back to its original condition. And yes, I was stupid.

nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 4, 2012

Crap !

thartist

thartist reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 2, 2012

ViStart solves this piece of sh1t of an interface quite well even in the RP, makes the desktop somewhat approachable. But even that can't save it from feeling like a FrankOStein.

Sorry, there are good CONCEPTS floating around but the IMPLEMENTATION has left a lot to be desired for non-touch users.

You know what? It would have been much less jarring if the Start Screen could have the same wallpaper as the Desktop. Then sort of the overlay could slide in and ta-da! not so nerve crushing!

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

Typical Microsoft crap. Instead of making a OS that's designed for the PC market they helped to create, they are trying to move in to and take over a market in which they are a late comer. This of course, at the expense of the 90% of us who dont use tablets. Here's some review advice Mircrospud............trash this mess and build a real OS for real world PC users. If this thing is published as is, I'm sticking with Windows 7 until they stop supporting it or my PC goes tits up. Then I'm going back to Apple.

niknetpc

niknetpc reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

Better for tablet PC,not for desktop.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

'Here's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. We'll be using information from preview users to make the final product even better. '

I don't think so MS has ignored the 80% that feel there is some difference between a tablet PC & a 27" monitor ~ It's a shame as MS could so easily kept everyone happy.

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

Yet another Vista, and even though technically it's superior to Windows 7, Windows 8's UI is such an abomination, it's absolutely unhandy for most serious users.

Corporates will shun it like a plague.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed vRelease Preview on Jun 1, 2012

Lots of little imrpovements over the previous beta that made me happy. Only problem I ran into is they broke Google Update so Chrome will not install until Google gets around to fixing it.

grizzlyadams

grizzlyadams reviewed vConsumer Preview on Mar 5, 2012

OMG...

This is the worst thing microsoft has ever put out. I tried the developer ver and hoped maybe it would improve. That hope is now dead. its harder to use than anything I've ever seen, everything is hidden, nothing works like you would expect it to. NO WINDOWS PHONE ON MY PC!!!!

psycros

psycros reviewed vConsumer Preview on Mar 5, 2012

This could be the beginning of the end for the house that Gates built. Microsoft's obsession with chasing Apple even when it makes no sense to do so has led them to this: the OS that nobody asked for almost nobody likes (unless you count hard-core Microsoft apologists, fanboys and those who rely on the Windows break-fix cycle for a living). There's just no way to put a good spin on this, so I'll simply say it: Windows 8 is a complete failure, a disaster on every level and needs to be trashed. Microsoft should immediately switch focus back to to supporting Windows 7 and building a Windows 9 that's actually worth using. Its that simple.

glassdesigns

glassdesigns reviewed vConsumer Preview on Mar 4, 2012

The UI sucks and it only took 4 hours from install to get a blue screen and constant reboots. Back to Windows 7 and I will most likely skip windows 8, just like I did with Vista. Why put a tablet OS on a Desk Top? Why would a desktop user want to use a smudged up touch screen while running a graphics program. Yes I said program, not app! Some people actually work on their computers so give us something we can work with. Those that use a computer as a toy, enjoy your Windows 8.

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