Microsoft has released the very first version of Windows 8 called Developer Preview for free in both 32-bit and 64-bit version. Direct Download link is available below, if you are so eager about the future of Windows now you could try for free.
After the BUILD conference and giving away of free Windows 8 Tablet to all attendee Microsoft promised they will release download link for the Developer Preview version. Now the link is live and you could download for free, it will not ask for activation.
Here is the link for MSDN
Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (4.8 GB)
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All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.
- 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
- 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app
Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
DOWNLOAD (3.6 GB)
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Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.
Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)
DOWNLOAD (2.8 GB)
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Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.
Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and 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
How to install the Windows Developer Preview from an ISO image
The Windows Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.
Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.
Before you Go ahead installing it you should know few stuff
1. This preview version will work fine for 1 year, it seems.
2. You will need a large 8.7GB capacity DVD(called DVD9) for burning Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit
3. This version only have Internet Explorer 10, Metro-style UI, upgraded Task manager, but missing most other program. But it is expected.
4. This version comes with all 25+ desktop apps that have been shown in BUILT conference.
So, do you want to give it a try? Share your experience with us.