Microsoft has officially released the developer preview version of Windows 8 during the BUILD developer conference. The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers, and thus is not suitable for those looking for stable or intending to run on production system, as the downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice.

The released Windows 8 Developer Preview has the build version of Windows 8.8102.0.WINMAIN_WIN8M3.110824-1030, or full build string for x86 edition of version 6.2 (Build 8102.101.x86fre.winmain_win8m3.110830-1739), or indicating it’s compiled and signed off on August 30th, 2011, and is still a build within M3 development brand. Meaning it’s pre-beta.

Windows 8 Developer Preview

3 versions of downloads are currently available officially from Microsoft on MSDN. If you decides to install Windows 8 Developer Preview, do read the Windows Developer Preview guide.

1. Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)

Size: 3.6 GB
SHA-1 Hash: 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9

Direct Download Link: WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English.iso

Note: Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.

2. Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

Size: 2.8 GB
SHA-1 Hash: 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC

Direct Download Link: WindowsDeveloperPreview-32bit-English.iso

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

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

Size: 4.8 GB
SHA-1 Hash: 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF

Direct Download Link: WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer.iso

Note: All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso): 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 and 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app

Windows 8 has the similar system requirements with 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

As it’s a prerelease software, some features are not available yet. According to Building Windows 8 blog, the preview build does not include the Windows Store, Windows Live Metro style apps, and some of the user interface features; and tha the focus of the preview is the API and development tools for building Metro style apps. In fact, Microsoft gives the following warning: The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

Windows 8

via MDL forums

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  • john

    i cant get download

  • I just watching the preview windows 8 on youtube. It looks great, but the metro UI feel not so comfortable on PC Desktop. IMO.

  • It works in Vmware Workstation 8 Beta without problems. 32 and 64bit version

  • Sac

    Windows can not install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.
    Error code: 0x80070570

    • av1kav

      burn at 2x speed- try it out.

  • Sac

    I am facing this type of problem.
    please help me.
    Windows can not install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.
    Error code: 0x80070570

  • aniket

    audio driver is missing..in windows 8 developer preview.plzz give me d link for sound driver

  • rocky

    if windows 8 is realse then plz post the windows 8

  • Atif

    Hi My Digital Life. I Would Just Like To Ask That When The Official Windows 8 Is Released Will You Post It’s ISO File As Well? And If You Do Please Use Digital River. Windows 7 Download Works Extremely Well For Me,

    Kind Regards

  • djtrale

    I have tried it with: AMD64 3000+, Biostar TA-G690A, 512MB [email protected] (64 dedicated to integrated graphic, X1250) on Maxtor 120GB. Ok, it is new thing and it works well with this configuration. Final version will show what they meant to do. My display is 1680x1050px and there was no such resolution. Nearest 1400×1050 made too wide picture, left and right end was missing and usable was 1024×768. Browsing internet with included IE was ok too, facebook is not blocking. I don’t know why, but it seems to me with this different desktop that is should be used on TV, touchscreen TV or something other “multimedia device”. And it looks like some mobile phone menu.

  • eagle1492

    Did not install vm ware 7. Did clean install looked good. The UI did look like crap. Was funny moving aroung everything at first but getting used to it.

    Product key V98P2-W8VKW-22FTY-WR8H8-HMDHJ — 6RH4V-HNTWC-JQKG8-RFR3R-36498. NON SERVER!

  • Celestine

    Awesome appearance.. but we have to change the hardware as touch screen compablity..I love it when people just burst out without “thinking” what they have to say first, you look stupid homie.

  • OneWithNoName

    >Windows Failed to load because a file was missing, please enter the Setup disk and restart.

    So I can’t install windows because a file is missing that is on the disk that I am using to install windows… Something is wrong with this.

    • KellyAFisch

      Missing files can occur most often with a poor internet connection or one that is interrupted. Make sure you have closed all open programs and applications when downloading. Make sure your DVD or CD burner is clean when you start. Make sure you have purchased clean high quality CD’s or DVD’s when burning. Use the system tools to scan your computer before starting as errors on the hard drive may contribute to errors burning. Best Wishes!

  • kan3

    ERROR
    Vmware -> Installing Win8 -> Windows cannot read the ProductKey setting from the unattend answer file ????

    I had the same error. Make sure to disable floppy drive in vmware, it’s trying to use an unattended file, which is not compatible with windows developer.

  • sibin

    Not needed 16GB ,Only need 10GB.

  • Simz_hNcK

    hi all
    Biu have you tried it Vmware Workstation 8
    it should work well!!

  • WINDOWS 8 is SLICK

    Finally windows enters the 21st century, say goodbye to windows as we knew them wooo hooo….Hellooo Tiles !! to all the neg comment peeps, n.b. (the first independent version of Microsoft Windows, was released in 1985 nearly 26 years ago) wow!

    Most ongoing releases of windows still pretty much did the same thing in the same kind of layout, some releases were good some were bad but microsoft like any other company developing new software ect will run into problems, microsoft is staffed by human beings not robots, we make mistakes and learn from them that is how we evolve and how windows has evolved.

    (in another 5 to 10 years)
    Do you expect the next 1 to 3 generations to be still using a keyboard and mouse and the sameish styled windows system? i hope not!! im 20 years old and i would be embarrased if i was one of those peeps complaining and ranting on about how goood windows 95, 2000, XP was lol… if u like XP or 2000 ect then use that nobody is forcing you to use windows 7 or 8(when its released) if you dont like it then then buy a MAC just stop f*****g whinging. my mum always taught me to say if u have nothing good to say then say nothing XD

    • sirius

      sounds like from your comment that if users don’t intend to say something positive then say nothing.

  • shaki_zto

    Help. WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English ProductKey ????

    ERROR
    Vmware -> Installing Win8 -> Windows cannot read the ProductKey setting from the unattend answer file ????

  • shaki_zto

    Help. WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English ProductKey ????

    ERROR
    Vmware -> Installing Win8 -> Windows cannot read the setting from the unattend answer file ????

  • Junos

    Tried 32bit, doesn’t works in VMware player.

  • Ardan

    Yeah… I can’t wait to get tech support calls from seniors who’ve gotten this POS with their first PC. Makes me want to quit just thinking about it. MS idiots.

  • balaji

    Awesome appearance.. but we have to change the hardware as touch screen compablity.. 🙁 ,. to have to feel all features of windows 8.

  • abc

    this is awesome!

  • TomTom

    Windows 8’s Metro UI is the worst UI I have ever seen.
    They should do what they can and leave the tablets to the pros (Android).

    The MDL forums are down!

    Please fix it.

  • Amarnath

    Nvidia is installed But not supporting anymore. Can't Play games,,, Screen goes on strucking.

  • Giang

    New Metro UI looks promisely but my Windows 8 hanged after the welcome screen. I've deleted it 🙁

  • tito

    WORST interface ever!!! I haven't seen any *smart*-phone-crap with 22" display! And of course those stupid try-me-for-a-week Apps. Thank god you can return them in Taiwan and got your money back.

    I hope those idiots do make something that at least resembles win7 or other version designed for computers not for arm-crap. I hope it can be used on the good old x86 architecture! Welcome Linux!

    • Big Botha

      lol, I agree the interface atm seems kinda out of place for the desktop (if the tile size can be adjusted to be smaller, it will be more accessible imo), but overall the OS is fast, and quite stable, for a developer part (and this is what this version is), the API is really good.

      its not the WORST imo, I can't actually understand what you are trying to say, why are you saying this is ARM crap?, are you trying to say that something like Windows 7 should be on a tablet? i doubt that would work, have you ever seen a tablet before? O.o , what are you saying that this should be on the good ol x86 architecture?, it runs on the x86 architecture,then you say welcome linux? linux runs in all architecture, Im guessing you are the bigger idiot then.

      I love it when people just burst out without "thinking" what they have to say first, you look stupid homie.

    • tWiZzLeR

      I have previewed and tested the betas of very version of Windows since Windows 95 and I can honestly say that this is the worst OS yet. Now I know that this is pre-beta and only a Developers Preview but the interface is terrible. If Microsoft doesn't give enterprise IT staff a way to disable that stupid new start screen (hopefully via a GPO?) then I can't imagine Windows 8 ever being used except by home users and possibly SMB's. Microsoft, PLEASE give up on this stupid idea of unifying the interfaces on your mobile and desktop OS's and stay focused on your core business customers!

  • marco

    Tried it on EP121. Seems to work ok. Have to try my usual software.

  • rony

    @Baadshah! Try Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool http://wudt.codeplex.com/

  • ZeroOne

    Hi all!
    I instaled it in VMWare 8 and it worked fine ,but i need sound drivers and network drivers.Any sugestions where i can get those?
    thnx

  • Ryan

    It works in VMWare Workstation 8 only.

    Worst interface ever. Some how I have a feeling this is going to bomb worse than WinME & Vista combined.

  • Fred

    прикольно

  • *.*

    It works in Vmware Workstation 8 Beta without problems. 32 and 64bit version

  • baibav

    great work dude

  • Baadshah!

    How To Make Bootable USB ???

  • rain

    love your sir!!

    :"P

  • none

    Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) works in VirtualBox.

    Use Classic Shell Start Menu (http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/) instead of stupid start menu built in.

  • konikpk

    not working on VMware and MS Virtual PC 🙁

  • tech2crave

    Does window os works on apple computers

  • qwerty

    I tried and it doesn't work on VMWare :/

  • I'm tried indows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64).

    It's worked on VirtualBox.

    But on VMWare Workstation 7 and VPC 2007 SP1 not work.

    Anyone can advice me?

    • aap

      Use VMware Workstation 8 (released today)

  • Forg

    Best news/update from mydigitallife.info! Gonna test this!

  • Biu

    Anyone tried it on a VM to see wether it works or not?