Plenty of people will want to try out Windows 8 themselves to decide whether it’s another hit like Windows 7 or a repeat of the Vista mess.
So, where do you get it, how do you install it
You have questions? We have the answers. Some of them, anyway.
Where do I get it? Start the download and install process at Microsoft’s Consumer Preview website.
The result will be a 5MB setup executable that you’ll run on a Windows 7, Vista or XP system, or on a PC
. The setup file will, in turn, download the rest of the installation files and kick off the install process.
What do I need to install the preview? Microsoft has set the minimum requirements as a 1GHz processor, 1GB of memory (2GB for the 64-bit version), 16GB of free hard drive space and a graphics chip set or card able to support DirectX 9 graphics.
Those specs, by the way, are identical to what Microsoft has used since 2007 for both the glad-it’s-gone Vista and l Windows 7, making good, so to speak, on its promise that Windows 8 will run on PCs able to handle either of the predecessors.
How well Windows 8 actually works on a low-powered system like that is, of course, a different matter.