Here’s How to Download Windows 8 Beta (Consumer Preview) Right Now

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By Lowell Heddings on February 29th, 2012

The latest Windows version was just released, and here’s how you can get your hands on the Consumer Preview, otherwise known as the Windows 8 Beta, right now.

Our feature article covering all the changes will be out later, but for now, you might want to install it on a spare PC or into a virtual machine. Just keep in mind that the servers might be hit pretty hard this morning.

Downloading Windows 8 Beta

Windows setup (with tools to create an ISO or thumb drive)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download

ISO image (use Disk Image burner or USB tool)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/29/12
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