Anybody tried Windows 8 Dev Prev yet?

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I had a little party (online) on the release of Windows 8 pre-beta last night. Just now finally got VirtualBox to cooperate and get the image to boot.

Anybody have any opinions yet? Install is very Win7, nothing new. Curious how much of the system has been taken from us by the Metro UI, and how much we can get back. Looks promising, especially with how memory friendly it is.

If you didn't know that the pre-beta (e.g. Developer Preview) is available, you can get it at http://dev.windows.com.

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Now... will it freak out when the first reboot happens? Who knows!

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I tried to download it but it got throttled. I think MS's servers were getting hammered yesterday afternoon. I may load this onto my XP partition on my desktop at home, if only to play around with it (you know, with all the non-existent free time I have.......)

Let us know how it goes!

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Can't install. Keep getting an obscure SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED error. Perhaps my .ISO is corrupt?

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Then by golly, bribe the damn thing!

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Ended up downloading the 32-bit version. VirtualBox doesn't have a mode for Windows 8, but the 32-bit version seemed to be a LOT easier to make work under VB's Win7 modes.

I'm quite impressed. While Metro UI does overlay a lot, Microsoft hasn't hidden the geekiness from us and everything is still quite accessible and customizable. Even cooler is that Win8 operates on "netbook" level better than Win7, and that's just flat out awesome!

I set it up with 1024Mb of memory, and one core limited to 33%, so approx. 1Ghz, and it cruised. Felt like Win7 Starter Edition in how quickly it ran. Playing around with memory showed slowness when it approached 512Mb, but over 1024Mb showed no improvement, obviously only adding RAM for bigger applications. Opening up additional cores and removing the limiter also made little difference for included apps or general Windows functions. This is very lean for a Windows OS! I'm so proud Microsoft listened to us!

I am MUCH less afraid of future Windows releases, as this isn't going MacOS. Not to shoot at MacOS, but the simple fact is that it does close you off of lots of the system that Windows still let us get into.

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Woah, I didn't know that was available to download yet. Too bad I have nothing to install it on. oh wait a minute. What is this Virtual Box?

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http://www.virtualbox.com

Virtual Box is a free virtual environment simulator from Oracle. It simulates a blank PC for installing an OS. What's cool is if you have a 64-bit PC, but a 32-bit OS, you can still simulate a 64-bit environment for a new OS as the virtual environment is not locked into your current mode.

VirtBox WILL steal lots of CPU power and memory, but it is all controllable by configuring the module prior to startup.

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isn't Win 8 set up for touch screens though?

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I can't get windows 8 to even install on VirtualBox. It says Windows has failed to start when it tries to load windows 8 from the physical disc or iso from the HDD.

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It's optimized for touch, but is quite usable with keyboard + mouse. In fact, it was designed to be easily usable by both.

To get more of the details of development, go here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

They are taking a "no assumptions" approach and redesigning everything from the ground up. They are doing a great job so far, and I'm very excited for this OS!

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dhlord64 wrote: I can't get windows 8 to even install on VirtualBox. It says Windows has failed to start when it tries to load windows 8 from the physical disc or iso from the HDD.

Some hardware is resistant, unfortunately. Win8 64-bit was not installable, just flat out crashed on me on DVD and ISO. 32-bit worked well enough for me to run around on it for a bit and write a review. My laptop (Core Duo 32-bit) won't take it, at all, where the Athlon X2 had no issues. Lots of folks are blaming VirtBox for this, as it really isn't set up for Win8. Wait for the next release!

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