So what can you expect from this new preview build of Windows 8? One of the most noteworthy enhancement includes the OS-wide spell check, a feature that is requested by many people for years now. The Start button is now replaced with something that’s called “Start preview thumbnail” which shows a preview of your start screen atop an interface that enables you to cycle through your apps.
But before you download the Consumer Preview build of Windows 8, be sure that you have met the hardware requirements:
- 1 GHz or faster 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
- 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
Keep in mind that you can only perform a full upgrade if you are currently running Windows 7, meaning you won’t lose your files, accounts and Windows settings. If you are running Windows XP and choose to update, you will be able to keep your files and accounts but not your Windows settings. So it might be a good idea to use dual boot or perhaps a virtual machine such as VMWare instead. Download links for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are below.