So I really wanted to get started with Windows 8 so I can move forward with investigating the new Metro UI. If you want to do the same you can download the Windows 8 developer Preview at Microsoft’s Dev Center.
There are a couple of options that you will be presented with.
- Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)
- Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
- Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)
I downloaded the Developer Preview with developer tools, 64-bit as well as the stand alone 32-bit version. I have a 32 bit laptop that I want to install it on as well as on a separate partition on my main machine. Beware that you will require a DL DVD burner if you intend to burn the 64-bit version with tools. Here is what Microsoft says about it:
Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.
I don’t have a touch screen yet, but will be looking to get one in the future to truly test Windows 8 the way it was designed to be used. I am hoping there will be some Windows 8 phone emulators out there that I can test my mobile apps on. I already have a few ideas.
So lets get started. first I mounted the 64-bit with tools .iso to my G: drive using UltraISO. Upon inspection of the DVD drive the folder structure looks like this:
This is pretty typical so I double click on the setup.exe file to see what happens. I am first presented with this splash screen.
Next it shows me the Setup screen that asks if I want to Go online to get the latest and greatest. of course, I say sure and click next. One thing to note I also leave the check mark on wanted to make the installation better. Just doing my part.
Notice the navigation across the top of the screen. It looks like there are going to be 4 parts to the install. Preparation, Compatibility, Install and Config. It quickly shows a screen and says something about a product key. The screen went to fast for me to get a capture of it. It looks like this will be where future versions will ask you to input your product key.
After this page it goes to the License terms page. I like the line “Make our lawyers happy by reading this carefully.”
I comply because I have a friend who is a lawyer and she would be very upset with me if I didn’t. One thing it says is that I can use but not share any images or icons or sounds. Oops. I guess I broke that one. I check the box and click Next.
Now I am at a screen that scares me.
I haven’t seen anyone else post their install experiences yet and I am not willing to lose everything. I thought I could tell it to install on a specific partition but I guess not. So I guess I will try again on a VM.
After clicking the Close button (X) in the upper right hand corner I am shown this dialog box.
So I click Yes. To be continued….