Windows 8 Developer Preview Downloaded And Installed

Microsoft Windows 8As mentioned, Windows 8 Developer Preview now available for download here. I’ve just installed it on an old laptop (an Acer Aspire 9301 WMSi with 4GB RAM).

I’ve not bothered with screenshots of the install as it is very much the same as Windows 7; and was as smooth an install as Windows 7 as well.

Once Windows 8 finished installing it booted into a Metro configuration screen where I filled in the Computer Name, Connected to the wireless network, and had an option for Express or Customized settings; I just wanted to get to the good stuff so went Express. Maybe over the weekend I’ll redo this and try the Customized settings (I wish after picking English (United Kingdom) it allowed me to Customise my settings).

The next step, and slightly unusual, is to setup a Log on by entering a password to create a Windows Live account; I already have one but no option was easily apparent to use an existing one. I entered my current Windows Live ID to see what would happen.

Well, it recognised it as an existing Windows Live ID and prompted for the password and moved to ‘Finalizing your settings’ (couldn’t it finalise my settings?).

It’s definitely logged into Windows Live as it’s pulled back my full name.

Also just noticed it’s all green instead of blue as Microsoft have traditionally done. BSODs are still blue though; I tried installing it into Windows Virtual PC earlier and got one.

Once all preparation is finished it loads up the Metro UI (a brief flicker of Windows 7 style desktop on the way in);

Windows 8 Developer Preview - Metro Home Screen

Ian Grieve

About Ian Grieve

Ian is a Microsoft Dynamics GP certified consultant specialising in the delivery of Microsoft Dynamics GP projects and currently working for Perfect Image Ltd., a Microsoft Partner and VAR in the North East of England. Ian has worked with Microsoft Dynamics GP since 2003 and, over the nine years since, has dealt with all aspects of the product life-cycle from presales, to implementation, to technical and functional training, to post go-live support and subsequent upgrades and process reviews. In his spare time, Ian runs the azurecurve | Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant blog dedicated to Microsoft Dynamics GP and related products.
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