Windows 8 Release Preview Available – Download Links Live

I think I’ll stick with Windows 7 for a while; from what I’ve read about Windows 8 (AKA “Vista 2”) so far, I’m not really all that anxious to update.

If you are dying to test a new snapshot of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8 your chance has come to do just that. Microsoft has just enabled the downloads of the Windows 8 Release Preview, which could be the last public preview version of the operating system before release.

The preview version of the operating system is as usually available in form of the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which you can use to upgrade an existing system, for instance the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 7, to the Windows 8 Release Preview, and as ISO images that you can burn on CD, install in a virtual machine or install from USB Flash Drives.

windows 8 consumer preview

Interested users find the Upgrade Advisor download on this page over at the official Microsoft website, and the download links for all 32-bit and 64-bit ISO versions of the operating system below.The upgrade advisor download seems to be faster than the ISO downloads. While I do not have scientific proof to back that up, I compared downloads several times and the Upgrade Advisor download always finished before the ISO download.

The Windows 8 product key for all versions is always the same:  TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

English

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9

Arabic

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x0C07A0501840517AE789B4EA82EDE061F4E42CE9
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x95B8948DB8AF1559B03ADA5A85B7987CFD456544

Chinese (Simplified)

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.4 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC21B69413E08FCFB756EEDB2B99D0C0472486D1C
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.6 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xF9FAF5910275832EA03F630CD5803565C03C8F31

Chinese (Traditional)

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.4 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x1556802DEA81A7B3E3159E99F911C1C855B20B24
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.6 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC617D24A48E5A5A2329CBA5DED2B08EBB7463FD0

French

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x132ED51FAD11EF626BD330288822D68603C5C560
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x2F434DDD06ADDD38A972E3E71CA059BD9A4416CD

German

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC0117244B5E018BBF01F6242BF9020D27918A12F
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x019E239D0990B8C04505F5248DDBD067FC3CAF42

Japanese

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x6393BA8BC2DD3CBD7B55D00B9D9587843BDB05CD
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xE28666272702351491CCB713DC66E064D88BA994

Korean

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xC4CFD5F2DD54CDC44FCFE5D69122931DEDA57DF6
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xB605E1428852503C0E7E3490815E96A3101F2C55

Portuguese (Brazil)

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x90B07E56008FAB64AD9CA47F86CC6D99150FBF8A
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x91AE86FACBBC4D6FAFED0239D15542C28F37827D

Russian

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x10F9F738593BC740561DA8AB247F5CEF3ABA65BB
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x7A473B0D7F5DB3E949915D2A2F361FAE92A52538

Spanish

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x6E6C4B9D5788BF2BF72E1AC8F1F1D6FA0241311C
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x533CA552681DFC9F347633F2BA1B5224BEF22EB3

Swedish

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x632DB171AAD356E52930A745D92328055128CB8D
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x0BBB1EC6F68D4D0DAB0130853B5C6543882ED256

Turkish

  • 64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x9086CAA101C872DAB529CA8A01F7C7370986837B
  • 32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x509E6D4331F965BCA4102968016E5AD6B05769BF

The system requirements do not seem to have changed, they are:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:<

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

Closing Words

We will see lots of coverage in the coming days, especially about new and changed features in the Windows 8 Release Preview. Are you currently downloading the new release, or skipping it? (via Everything Microsoft)

Upgrading

This may be useful to some of you who want to upgrade from previous versions of Windows to the Windows 8 RP release. Depending on the version of Windows you are upgrading from, you may keep some or none of your files. Here is the list:

  • Windows XP: User accounts and files
  • Windows Vista: User accounts and files, and Windows settings
  • Windows 7: User accounts and files, Windows settings, and Programs
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Developer Preview: Nothing at all.

Windows 8 Release Preview Expiration date

The RP expires one day after the Consumer Preview expires, on January 16, 2013.

Update: The official blog post is now available. Check out Microsoft’s announcement here.

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