Consumer Preview

  sharpamat 08:49 AM 10 Feb 12
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It would seem from the windows 8 forums that an offical beta version will be realeased by microsoft on 29/02/12

This is to be named as the consumer preview, and differs from the developer preview ( already available )in many ways

  Forum Editor 16:56 PM 12 Feb 12

see my post at the end of this thread

As you say, the Consumer preview version will be launched in Spain on 29th of this month. It will look substantially different to the developer beta that many people have tried (thank goodness).

My own view is that desktop and laptop users will be underwhelmed. Windows 8 is aimed very much at the touch-screen market sector, and to most people that means hand-held devices.

  ams4127 22:56 PM 13 Feb 12
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Hopefully, there will be a quick and easy way to switch permantly to a "normal" desktop for computer users, leaving the "Kiddies" screen to the mobile users.

  BurrWalnut 19:14 PM 15 Feb 12

To change back to the older style Start menu from the Metro UI, open regedit, navigate to HKEYCURRENTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. In the right pane, right-click RPEnabled and Modify its value from 1 (one) to 0 (zero).

It is, of course reversible.

  sharpamat 19:36 PM 15 Feb 12

sorry BurrWalnut that was with the deleloper preview

its unknown as yet what the Beta will be like or have

  Matt Egan 17:45 PM 20 Feb 12

It better launch on the 29th at MWC... or we'll have wasted money sending an editor there! You'll read it all here first.

  pixelpusher 16:08 PM 24 Feb 12

Hi All, really looking forward to trying out windows * when released, think Microsoft are now trying to catch up with the rest of the Internet when it comes to feature and tools end users are wanting to use and expect from todays computers/online world.

  Input Overload 23:46 PM 27 Feb 12

pixelpusher - Such as?

  sharpamat 08:11 AM 29 Feb 12

pixelpusher. cannot agree with your views as Microsoft are not trying to catch up, they are the leader in their field.

It has been announced the Consumer preview ( Beta ) of Windows 8 will be realeased today in Spain at 1500 ( thats 1400 our time ) afer that it should be available to Download

  iambeavis 14:56 PM 29 Feb 12

Available now - windows-8 iso

  woody 01:04 AM 01 Mar 12

Downloaded the consumer preview ok but it would not load. It got so far then stated"an unknown error" and reversed the pc back to the way it was. I then tried downloading the iso and loading it from that. It loaded but the keyboard which worked perfectly under "devel preview" did not work properly. There are some changes to win8 from devel prev but as my keyboard does not work I soon gave up. The devel prev was quick to load/startup but this consumer review is slower than vista.

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