Windows 8 can change the history of Operating systems and infact ways of “Operating The Systems”. I was waiting for it to come and make my hands dirty with the stuff. So finally it was launched for developer’s preview. I downloaded it from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516 the 64 bit edition with VisualStudio 2011 and Expression blend 5 preview, so i planned on having fun of three in one ticket.

Windows 8 is a major overhaul to Microsoft’s PC operating system. It’s designed with touchscreens in mind, launching into a Metro-style user interface with touch-friendly apps, but it also accommodates standard input devices. The traditional Windows desktop is represented as an app within the broader Windows 8 interface, and the preview build already supports Windows 7 applications.

The Windows 8 preview code will be available as an ISO file tonight from Microsoft’s developer website (no specific time has been released). You’ll have a choice of a 64-bit version, with an option for developer tools, and a 32-bit version that comes without tools. Sample apps–a Twitter client, a Facebook client, games and more–are also included.

Because this is prerelease code, a clean install is required. “It is not a beta release,” Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky wrote in a blog post. “We will be updating the release with various quality updates and drivers over the coming weeks/months just to exercise our overall update and telemetry mechanisms.”

You can download Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) from the link below:

DOWNLOAD (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

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.

I mounted the iso on a virtual drive.

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.

After installation i made a VHD on Oracle VirtualBox [ download ]. Steps are as below:

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The above slideshow will demonstrate the process of installation and initial Metro style UI of windows 8. This is a quick peek into windows 8. Keep reading for more information on windows 8 on my blog.