Windows 8 Developer Preview is available!

15 09 2011

Well, after seeing that the Windows 8 Developer Preview was available for download from Microsoft’s MSDN, I decided to download it and check it out.  Initially I downloaded the 64-bit version, and attempted to install it as a Virtual Machine on VMWare Player.  This led to VMWare crashing.  My initial reaction was that it seemed a little bizarre.  I then downloaded the 32-bit version and attempted to set it up within VMWare.  Instead of crashing, I saw what must be Windows 8’s equivalent of a BSOD (much nicer than the usual BSOD’s).  I’m curious as to why this occurs.  Could it be due to the in-built Hypervisor that Windows 8 has?

After this, I did a quick search around online and noticed that many people were having the same issues.  Some people made comments that the install crashed on multiple VMWare applications and on Microsoft’s own “Virtual PC”.  People noted success with the latest beta of VMWare Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V and VirtualBox.  Due to the free and open-source nature of VirtualBox, I installed it and then proceeded to setup Windows 8 as a VM within it.  This time, it worked!

After a very brief while looking around, Windows 8 seems quite nice.  It does seem however, as though the new incarnation of the menu interface is suited more towards tablet / touch-screen type devices rather than the traditional PC.  Due to the “developer preview” / pre-beta nature of the software, it is of course still rather buggy, but that is to be expected.   I’ll have a more in-depth look at it over the next few days and generate some opinions.

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15 09 2011
kusamochi

how’s the new ribbon explorer and arm support with 1G ram? that’s the whole point of win 8

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