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Windows 8 Release Preview Available: Download Links Live

If you are dying to test a new snapshot of Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 8 your chance has come to do just that. Microsoft has just enabled the downloads of the Windows 8 Release Preview, which could be the last public preview version of the operating system before release.

The preview version of the operating system is as usually available in form of the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which you can use to upgrade an existing system, for instance the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 7, to the Windows 8 Release Preview, and as ISO images that you can burn on CD, install in a virtual machine or install from USB Flash Drives.

windows 8 consumer preview

Interested users find the Upgrade Advisor download on this page over at the official Microsoft website, and the download links for all 32-bit and 64-bit ISO versions of the operating system below.The upgrade advisor download seems to be faster than the ISO downloads. While I do not have scientific proof to back that up, I compared downloads several times and the Upgrade Advisor download always finished before the ISO download.

The Windows 8 product key for all versions is always the same:  TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Update: We have removed the downloads as they are no longer available.

The system requirements do not seem to have changed, they are:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:<

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

Closing Words

We will see lots of coverage in the coming days, especially about new and changed features in the Windows 8 Release Preview. Are you currently downloading the new release, or skipping it?


This may be useful to some of you who want to upgrade from previous versions of Windows to the Windows 8 RP release. Depending on the version of Windows you are upgrading from, you may keep some or none of your files. Here is the list:

  • Windows XP: User accounts and files
  • Windows Vista: User accounts and files, and Windows settings
  • Windows 7: User accounts and files, Windows settings, and Programs
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Developer Preview: Nothing at all.

Windows 8 Release Preview Expiration date

The RP expires one day after the Consumer Preview expires, on January 16, 2013.

Update: The official blog post is now available. Check out Microsoft's announcement here.

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    1. qweqwu said on May 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Do you know when it will expire? The previous version will expire on 15 january 2013, how about this one, same date?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        It expires one day after that release, on January 16, 2013.

    2. Abhinav Kumar said on June 1, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Windows Upgrade Assistant files are in ESD.format (install.esd instead of install.wim) which are a little smaller than ISOs.

      64-bit ESD is 2.62 GB where’s ISO counts up to 3.3 GB.

    3. ilev said on June 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Those PCs without UEFI will see the following message :

      Secure Boot isn’t compatible with your PC
      Your PC’s firmware doesn’t support Secure Boot so you won’t be able to use it in Windows 8.

      How to find if your PC has UEFI ?
      Look for EFI folder in C:\Windows\Boot

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