All You Need To Know About Windows 8 Consumer Preview [FAQ]

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Microsoft has just released the consumer preview version of its upcoming OS Windows 8, If you are going to download it then please take a moment and read below, here you will find some FAQ related with Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it will help you to enjoy it in better way.

Q1. What Is Consumer Preview Build?

Actually its nothing but just a Beta version of upcoming Windows 8, Microsoft release Beta version of its new OS before their commercial launch, rather calling it an Beta version Microsoft has given it a new name.

Q2. What Are The System Requirements For Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Well this is a very much asked question, the system requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview is as same as of Windows 7, If you are running Windows 7 on your computer then its quite possible that Windows 8 Consumer Preview will work on your computer.

Here are the System Requirement :-

  • 1GB of RAM for 32 Bit,
  • 2GB of RAM for 64 Bit,
  • 16 GB of space on Hard Disk,
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • 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.

Q3. Whether To Download Windows 8 Setup Or ISO Image?

Well if you had taken a look at Windows 8 download page then you will notice that there is a Setup file and ISO image option.The choice is your which you wanna download.

If you are going to install Windows 8 over your existing OS or in a dual boot then you should go for Setup option.

But if you wanna download Windows 8 on multiple computers, wanna create dual boot with Mac OS X, wanna install it on Virtual Machine then ISO is the best choice.

Q4. Do My Existing Software’s Work On It?

Well almost all software’s and drivers will work on Windows 8 which are running on Windows 7, You can visit THIS LINK to know all compatible with Windows 8 Or download THIS TOOL to know whether your exiting software’s will work or not.

Q5. Can I Upgrade From My Existing Windows?

Well YES! you can upgrade yourself from your existing Windows OS but there is a tweak , you can upgrade from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Even from Windows 8 Developer Preview but the tweak is :-

Current operating systemWhat you can keep
Windows Developer PreviewUser accounts and files
Windows 7
  • Programs
  • Windows settings
  • User accounts and files
Windows Vista
  • Windows settings
  • User accounts and files
Windows XPUser accounts and file

Q6. Is There Any Kind Of Risk On Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Yes! there is a big risk and it :-

  • Software that doesn’t install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs.
  • Printers, video cards, or other hardware that doesn’t work.
  • Difficulty accessing corporate or home networks.
  • Files that might become corrupted.

Q7. Can I Use Windows 8 Consumer Preview As My Default OS?

No you should not use Windows 8 Consumer Preview as your default OS as it’s a beta version and might contains some bugs and features which are yet not fully developed, So its better to use it as a testing build and don’t use it as your primary OS.

Q8. Can I Be Able To Uninstall It?

No. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you’ll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

Q9. Is it  Cost Anything?

No! It’s a beta version and its free, Microsoft only charges for final build only.

Q10. I Am Installing It And Its Keep asking Me For Product Key, What’s The Key?

Microsoft has provided an universal product key for Windows 8 and its:-


Q11. Can I Use This Free Version Forever?

No, This Consumer Preview Version Will Expire On January 15th, 2013.

These are the most frequently asked questions for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, if you don’t find your answer here then don’t hesitate, just comment below and we will reply you very soon.


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