Despite reports that the Windows 8 release preview wouldn’t be announced for another few weeks, Microsoft accidentally let slip a blog post earlier today that announced an earlier release date for the preview.
That “accidental” blog post claimed that the Windows 8 Release Preview would be released June 1 (tomorrow), but earlier this afternoon, the Windows 8 Release Preview was uploaded onto Microsoft’s official site. Available to everybody in either 64 bit or 32 bit editions, the Windows 8 Release Preview comes in ISO image format. That means you’re going to have to burn it to a disk in order to install the preview successfully.
If you don’t have a disk burner, or don’t want to go through all that trouble, then you can put the ISO image on a USB stick – provided you have one big enough. Instructions on how to do that with the Windows 8 preview can be found on this page.
If you manage to install Windows 8 successfully, you’ll be treated to several new and exciting features. You’ll get to take a look at the Metro user interface, which aligns your applications in a unique way on the desktop. Of course, if the classic Windows interface is more your style, then you have that option as well.
Windows 8 is also much more oriented towards tablet devices than it is towards traditional desktop PC users. If you have a tablet PC and want to make it look a little cooler, then installing Windows 8 is a fast and easy way to do that.
You don’t even have to have a fast PC in order to run Windows 8. It has fairly low system requirements, making it ideal for all levels of PC users. All you need is a 1GHz processor, 2GB of RAM (For the 64-bit version, 1GB of RAM for the 32-bit version), and approximately 20GB of hard drive space. At those system requirements, most new tablet PCs and almost all desktop computers built in the last five years will be able to handle the OS without a hitch.
Excited about the Windows 8 release preview? We are too. Download the files here and get started!