If you did not notice Microsoft released Windows 8 developer preview.
It can be freely downloaded from here.

But how to install it on the new computers without DVD ( NO CD’s available πŸ™ since Win 7)?

The simplest answer is from USB key. But the question is how to “burn” DVD image to USB key?

So here is what you need:

  1. Computer that covers minimum system requirements – 1GHz+ CPU, 1/2GB RAM (32/64-bit versions).
  2. USB key (4G+) Smallest 32-bit image is 2.8G
  3. High speed internet – do not even think downloading via 56k modem
  4. You need to download appropriate version – 32 or 64 bit
  5. And finally you need a tool to “burn” – take it from here.

Next you need to:

  • Install the tool
  • Run the tool – Simply follow the wizard.

NOTE: your USB drive will be erased so make copy of your data before using it.

Warning: See my other post “Windows 8 installation and initial experience”Β  before starting installation.

  • Next step is to boot from USB key and install – this depends on your hardware πŸ˜‰

2-nd NOTE: This is development preview version. Do not expect it to be stable it is not intended for end users yet. πŸ˜‰

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