How To Install Windows 8 For Free

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Windows 8 Developer Preview Version

Scroll for the Windows 8.iso file you previously downloaded to your actual (not virtual) system and load that up. Now click on the big OK button at the bottom of the overall Settings window.

Here are details of how to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview, September 2011 ‘BUILD’ 8102 version.

Now superceeded by the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8.

How to Get Started with Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview

I haven’t said this for a while: ‘This install is easy’ you don’t need to be a developer to get this preview version of Windows 8 working. Free net application installer. This is all you require:

  • The url to download the Windows 8 .iso file. (see below)
  • An ISO burner, Windows 7 has one built-in.
  • A blank 4.7 DVD (DVD-9 for the 64-bit developer version)
  • A test computer, or a virtual machine.
  • You don’t need a product key for this pre-release version.

Please note: The only problem is that you cannot uninstall this September 2011 pre-release version of Windows 8.

Windows 8 System Requirements

Processor – 1 GHz
RAM – 2 MB 64-bit
Disk Space – 20 GB for the operating system
Graphics Adapter – Supports Aero
DVD – To install your Microsoft operating system.

Recommendations: For an overview install this BUILD beta version of Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine, or on an old laptop. To really get to grips with the Metro UI install Windows 8 beta on one of these systems: HP Elitebook 2760p convertible, ASUS EP121 tablet or a Dell Inspiron Duo convertible.

Beware: Window 8 won’t install here: Microsoft Virtual PC, Windows 7 XP Mode VMware Workstation 7.x or older

Good News: These Virtual Machines Are Supported

  • Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • VMware Workstation 8.0 for Windows
  • VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows

Strange but true: People asked for 64-bit versions of Windows 8 (and 7) to run in Virtual machines, but when Microsoft deliver 64-bit compatibility most people choose to install 32-bit versions for ease of use and performance reasons.

Windows 8 Beta Download

Microsoft has made these three pre-beta versions freely available as .iso images.

  • Windows 8 Preview with developer tools (64-bit)
  • Windows Developer Preview (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Download the Windows 8 .iso image(s) here.

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New Install Strategies for Windows 8

Streamlined Setup
Many want a fast no-hassle install, or more likely an upgrade. Those who take this option get a web browser interface and can download the files from the internet. These users sacrifice the ability to customise, but gain in speed and simplicity.

Advanced Setup
For techies it’s important to control what’s installed. They are happy to install from a DVD, or possibly a USB stick. Speed of choosing the settings is not a primary consideration, indeed these users love to explore all possible options.

Preparing a Bootable Windows 8 Disc

I began by downloading the 32-bit .iso file of Microsoft’s Windows 8 onto my Windows 7 machine. I chose this version because at 2.8GB I knew it would fit on a regular DVD. Once it finished downloading, I right-clicked the .iso, selected ‘Open with’ and chose the native Windows Disc Image Burner.

Just in time, I inserted a 4.7GB DVD and allowed the burning to proceed. Incidentally, I could have used a USB flash drive to create this bootable disk. I hear that the 7 Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool will prepare your USB stick for the .iso image.

Choice of Test machine
Keep in mind that you cannot uninstall this beta version of Windows 8, so when you have finished with it you’ll need to format that drive. I found each of these configurations worked for me:

  • A clean install on an old laptop. Setup reformatted my C: drive as part of the install.
  • Install on a virtual machine inside Windows Server 2008.
  • I started with an existing Windows 7 machine and asked the Windows 8 setup to preserve the old settings, this meant I kept my user accounts, machine name and IP address.
  • See how to create a bootable USB drive known as: ‘Windows 8 to Go’

Summary How to Install Windows 8

Getting started with this developer version of Windows 8 really was a straightforward operation. I liked the option to over-write an old Windows 7 laptop, the benefit was that I could keep the old machine name IP address and user accounts.

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The latest update to Windows Phone 8 was just announced today, but more importantly, a method for enthusiasts and developers who want to void the warranty on their phone for the privilege to install the update right away (instead of having to wait for their carriers to approve the update) has also become available. We heard about this program a while back, but now it’s finally come to fruition. Having to wait for carriers to approve and allow the distribution of Windows Phone operating system updates has always been extremely frustrating for users. Of course, the carriers want the updates to be tested properly since they’re the ones that are responsible for supporting the phones that they sell you, but if you don’t care about all that you really didn’t have any way to get the latest update on your own. That is until now! Here’s how you do it. WARNING: Don’t forget this will probably void your warranty.

1. Register for the Windows Phone App Studio. The Windows Phone App Studio is a free tool for developing Windows Phone Apps, it doesn’t have as many features as the full software development kit, but it’s simple and easy to use and most importantly it includes the ability to developer unlock one Windows Phone so that you can install your own apps to it for testing. You’ll want to register using the same Microsoft ID that you use with your Windows Phone.

UPDATE: Steps 2 and 3 below are unnecessary if you install the security certificate that is emailed to you after you sign up for the Windows Phone App Studio program above. Find the email on your phone, download the attached security certificate and tap the install button when prompted. Optionally, you can download the security certificate here, and then email that to an account on your phone in order to install it there. For some reason, downloading the certificate to your phone directly through the web browser doesn’t work.

2. Download the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK. In order to make your phone “Developer Unlocked”, you need to use the “Windows Phone Developer Registration” tool. You can get this using the Express Installer for the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, or you can download the ISO image of the full installer. When installing the SDK, if you get a certificate error that prevents the installation from completing successfully, try closing out of the installer anyway, and then look in your programs listing for a program called “Windows Phone Developer Registration”. It’s probably there already and it will probably work.

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3. Developer Unlock your Windows Phone. Microsoft’s instructions for unlocking your phone are here, but essentially all you have to do is launch the “Windows Phone Developer Registration” program that was installed with the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK. Be sure that your Windows Phone 8 is connected to the PC via a USB cable. The tool will detect your phone and after you sign in with your Microsoft ID (which you had registered with the Windows Phone App Studio), you’ll be able to developer unlock your phone with the click of a button.

4. Install the Preview for Developers App on your Windows Phone and enable the preview program. After you get your Windows Phone developer unlocked, you can download the “Preview for Developers” app from the Windows Phone store. Either click the link here from your phone, or using the web browser to send the app to your phone. After the install completes, launch the apps, and follow the instructions to enable your phone for the preview program.

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5. Go to Settings > Phone Update and check for updates. After a while of “checking for updates”, your phone should find the GDR3 install files and from there you’ll be able to download and install them. The phone will reboot, show some gears animations for a while, then reboot again and perform a data migration step. After that you should be running the latest built of Windows Phone 8.0 GDR3!

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Have you installed GDR3 yet? How did it go?