Windows 8 Consumer Preview – Video, Screenshots and Review.

Microsoft finally released the consumer preview of the much anticipated Windows 8. While some consider it a great OS which has a great user interface, others criticize it as another failure just like Windows Vista. Of course, the OS is still very much in a beta stage and there are bound to be bugs here and there, it seems the consumer preview isn’t what techies expected it to be. A great deal of those who used it had one or two negative things to say about it.

windows 8 reviewWindows 8 had some nice features which is quite an improvement to Windos, I must say. With a touch device, you’ll definitely love Windows 8 as you can touch and swipe easily. It’s even been said it’s going to be the default OS on Nokia tablets to be released later this year.

There’s is a whole lot of improvement on the user interface which now looks so modern. Below is a video of Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer of Windows, giving the crowd a demo of the Windows 8 preview during the Microsoft keynote at CES 2012.

Based on what I’ve seen and read so far, Windows 8 isn’t optimized for desktop devices and it’s only great on tablets and other touch devices. As a matter of fact, i don’t like how it looks. Maybe that’s because I’m so used to, and content with Windows 7 but I doubt if I’m going to really upgrade when it’s finally released. I might use it on a tablet but…my notebook? I doubt it.

To be honest, I think the user interface is super polished and apps seem to load fast and sliding seems so smooth. The familiar start button that shows your start menu is finally gone, so is Windows explorer. Just like your Google account is tied to your Android device, so is Windows Live account with Windows 8.

Interested in trying it out? You can download it from the official site.

Minimum Requirements

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

With the Metro UI, you can switch from your notebook to your tablet and then use your mobile phone outdoors without missing out any major Windows feature. The Metro user interface isn’t bad at all. Before installing, i suggest you check out Microsoft’s compatibility center for Windows 8.

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Author: Don Caprio

Don Caprio is a full time blogger / web designer living in Nigeria and apart from blogging, my other obsession is music. I'm a self-confessed Tupac fan, an iOS lover, an Android user, a Windows 8 power user, a writer with a 5-year old unfinished novel... and the list goes on and on. You can add me on Facebook, follow my updates on Twitter or add me to your circles on Google+! By the way, if your blog needs a custom design, you can contact me here...


  1. Amit Shaw says

    Hi Don, Just awesome review you did. Greate Job. I cant wait more to install Win 8 On my computer.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Amit Shaw

    • Don Caprio says

      I suggest you install it on a virtual machine or something but not on your primary computer. The bugs might put your work on hold, you know?

  2. Jitendra says

    Windows 8 is really awesome. It much better if you are using windows 8 on Touch screen monitor!
    I have already installed windows 8 consumer preview version on my PC and it is really awesome!
    I am eagerly waiting for the final release of Windows 8!

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