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Mr. Laz
09-14-2011, 01:59 PM
http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/5375/bsodwindows80thumb550xa.jpg

Microsoft's Windows 8 (http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/the-windows-8-s.php) looks fantastic and everybody's talking about it. It has that sweet Metro UI (http://dvice.com/archives/2011/06/windows-8-is-li.php), it's super fast to boot up (http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/windows-8-is-a.php) and there's Xbox Live integration. What more could you want?

How about the cutest, most friendly "Blue Screen of Death" to date? No more lines of coded error messages — just a clean frowny face and a line that regular people can actually understand: Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle, and now it needs to restart.

It's so simple and uncluttered, it's almost Apple-like.

The old Blue Screens are dead, and to honor them all, we present the bluest gallery on DVICE, ever. My, how things have changed throughout the last 16 years.

http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/16-years-of-blu.php

Pants
09-14-2011, 02:16 PM
I saw a few Windows 8 youtube videos and holy shit, it looks AMAZING! M$ needs to come out with a nice tablet preloaded with Win 8 and I'm in like Flynn.

Saulbadguy
09-14-2011, 02:18 PM
Got the dev preview running on my laptop. Seems cool.

Mr. Laz
09-14-2011, 02:21 PM
i will miss the old BSOD :(


Been around so long it's like a member of the family.

Otter
09-14-2011, 02:22 PM
You can download the DEV copy of the OS and install to play with right now directly from MS.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/

Going to play with it tonight on an old laptop.

-King-
09-14-2011, 02:24 PM
Free Developers Edition DL

The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.[/B]

http://www.foto.pk/images/screenyey.jpg

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)

DOWNLOAD (http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer.iso) ( 4.8 GB )
Sha 1 hash - 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF
All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.


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 English, 64-bit (x64)[Without developer tools]

DOWNLOAD (http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English.iso) ( 3.6 GB )
Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

DOWNLOAD (http://wdp.dlws.microsoft.com/WDPDL/9B8DFDFF736C5B1DBF956B89D8A9D4FD925DACD2/WindowsDeveloperPreview-32bit-English.iso) ( 2.8 GB )
Sha 1 hash - 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC
Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.

System Requirements

Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7 :


1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte ( 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


Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview



You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.

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How to install the Windows Developer Preview from an ISO image

The 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. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.
Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

SLAG
09-14-2011, 03:34 PM
I installed it in a VM last night..

its very MEH for the desktop
may be okay on a tablet

Priest31kc
09-14-2011, 03:35 PM
When will Windows 8 come out? Im looking to get a new desktop early next year sometime....

-King-
09-14-2011, 03:43 PM
I installed it in a VM last night..

its very MEH for the desktop
may be okay on a tablet

Yeah it looks like it wasn't meant more for a tablet than a PC.

kaplin42
09-14-2011, 04:44 PM
It looks like it's meant for the Facebook crowd. I have it running on a laptop right now, and I have to admit, I don't like, not one bit.

Granted, this is just a preview, not even in beta yet, but I'm pretty much the opposite of impressed.

Ebolapox
09-14-2011, 07:59 PM
I miss the paperclip.

Fruit Ninja
09-15-2011, 12:51 AM
I miss the paperclip.

yeah, it was fun to make them into triangles and see how far you can get them to jump in the air off the desk. I miss that.

Guru
09-15-2011, 01:07 AM
Too bad this build isn't for tablets.

MoreLemonPledge
09-15-2011, 02:10 AM
You don't have to use the Metro interface. You can old-school it if change scares you.

Bane
09-15-2011, 07:08 AM
Meh fuck windows.

Braincase
09-16-2011, 05:41 AM
I've pullled it down, will be installing on a virtual later today. Recommend that if you want to install the 64-bit version as a VM on your Windows 7 PC, download Virtual Box from Oracle. Apparently people have had the best luck running it on Virtual Box or Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2). This is already being touted as a solid tablet UI, and capable of many things that Apple doesn't do. Can you say Enterprise Management?

Guru
09-16-2011, 03:02 PM
I've pullled it down, will be installing on a virtual later today. Recommend that if you want to install the 64-bit version as a VM on your Windows 7 PC, download Virtual Box from Oracle. Apparently people have had the best luck running it on Virtual Box or Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2). This is already being touted as a solid tablet UI, and capable of many things that Apple doesn't do. Can you say Enterprise Management?

Too bad it will only work on tablets designed for it. I would love to be able to install it on my tablet.

vailpass
09-16-2011, 05:11 PM
Meh **** windows.

:D Don't have to interface with the real world huh?