How to Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit for Free
If you are curious about the new features and improvements of Windows 8, you can try it out for free by downloading the Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit edition. This is a pre-release version of Windows 8 that is designed for testing and feedback purposes. However, you can also use it as your main operating system if you are willing to accept some risks and limitations.
In this article, we will show you how to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit for free and how to create a bootable USB or DVD to install it on your computer.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a beta version of Windows 8 that was released by Microsoft on February 28, 2012. It is also known as Windows 8 Beta or Windows 8 Build 8250. It is the second public preview of Windows 8, following the Windows 8 Developer Preview that was released in September 2011.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview introduces many new features and changes to the Windows operating system, such as:
A new user interface called Metro that is optimized for touchscreens and tablets.
A new Start screen that replaces the traditional Start menu and displays live tiles of apps and information.
A new Windows Store that allows users to download and install apps from various categories.
A new Internet Explorer 10 that supports HTML5 and has a Metro-style interface.
A new File Explorer that has a ribbon toolbar and improved file management capabilities.
A new Task Manager that provides more details and options for managing processes and resources.
A new Settings app that consolidates various system settings and preferences.
Improved support for cloud services, such as SkyDrive and Microsoft account.
Improved security and performance features, such as Secure Boot, SmartScreen, and Windows Defender.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is not a final product and may contain bugs, errors, or compatibility issues. It is recommended that you back up your data and create a system restore point before installing it. You should also read the license terms and the FAQ page before downloading it.
How to Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit for Free?
To download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit for free, you need to have an Internet connection and a blank USB or DVD with at least 4 GB of space. You also need to have a Windows product key (DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J) that is provided by Microsoft for this preview version.
Follow these steps to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit for free:
Go to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (x64, English) page on the Internet Archive website[^1^]. This is an archived copy of the original download page that was hosted by Microsoft.
Click on the \"DOWNLOAD OPTIONS\" button on the right side of the page and select \"ISO Image\" from the list. This will download a file named \"windows-8-consumer-preview-x64-english.iso\" to your computer. This file is about 3.3 GB in size and contains the installation files for Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit.
If you want to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit, you need to download another tool called Windows USB/DVD Download Tool from the Microsoft website[^2^]. This tool allows you to create a bootable USB or DVD from an ISO file.
Run the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need to select the ISO file that you downloaded in step 2 and choose whether you want to create a USB or DVD. The tool will format your USB or DVD and copy the installation files to it.