Last Monday (13th of September) Microsoft has released a Developer Preview of Windows 8. We have waited so long, but finally we can install it on our PCs and give you a first impression of this new OS that seems to promise very well.

The first thing to do is to download the release that you want to install from HERE. We have downloaded the Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English x64, that comes with the following:

  • 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 is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. We have decided to install it using an USB Drive (SuperTalent 16 GB).

Create Bootable USB using DiskPart

    1. Open a command prompt and launch diskpart command and press enter
    2. Execute list disk command
    3. Execute select disk n command. Where n is the number of the USB drive
    4. Execute clean command.  This will remove the USB drive from the current drive letter
    5. Execute create partition primary  command to create a primary partition
    6. Execute active command. The current partition is marked as active
    7. Execute format fs = NTFS quick to format the USB drive
    8. Execute assign and press enter. This will assign a letter for the USB drive
    9. exit
You can also use Windows 7 USB/DVD [Official Microsoft tool for creating bootable DVD or USB device].

Copy ISO to USB Drive

Open the ISO image with 7Zip, Winzip or Winrar and copy all files to the USB drive just prepared with DiskPart

Start Installation

You can start installation directly from windows by opening the USB dirve and selecting setup.exe file… The install procedure will start and the system will be rebooted more than one time. The installation is very simple and it take about 20 minutes. It was very simple also because we haven’t downloaded any additional driver, even for the touch.
Once started you are in front of the new Metro Style that we love. It’s clean , simple and very intuitive.
Windows 8 is a new interpretation/re-imagination of the future of OSs that will combine PCs, Tablets and Phones….
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