Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It’s Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.
In a worst case situation, you could find yourself left with a PC which won’t launch properly, forcing you to reinstall everything all over again. This isn’t likely, but it’s possible, so only use the Setup tool on “spare” systems or PCs which are fully backed up.
Consumer Preview is relatively stable, and ought to work on any hardware capable of running Windows 7. And the Setup tool makes this all very straightforward. It will first check your system for hardware and software issues which might complicate the installation, reporting on anything it finds.
[advt]After obtaining a product key it’ll then download Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This may take a while – it’s around 1.5GB of data – but you can pause and resume the download as many times as you need. Once the Setup tool has the core downloads, it’ll expand them into the Windows 8 Setup files, before offering you three options: Install (on the current partition), Install to a different partition, or Install later.