Windows 8 Release Preview, aka Release Candidate, is officially released the last day in May with ISO images in 13 languages available to download to the public. Since it’s the last version before the next version of Windows is heading over to RTM, what you will see in this version will be pretty much what you will get in the final release. All surprises will be revealed by now so if you have been waiting you should give it a try now.
According to Microsoft, the final phrase of the RTM process will kick start in about 2 months.
- 1G or faster Processor
- 1G (32-bit) or 2G (64-bit) of RAM
- 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) of free hard drive space
- Microsoft DirectX 9 graphic device with WDDM driver
To experience the most out of Windows 8, a touch equipped device that supports multi-touch like Tablet is recommended.
Additionally, to access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you will need a screen that has the resolution at least 1024 x 768.
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
The direct download link for English version of ISO images:
SHA1 hash – 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57
SHA1 hash – 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9
More downloads for different languages can be found here.
The product key for this Release Preview is also made available to the public:
Unfortunately, no direct upgrade path from any previous Preview versions. Your files will be saved in the Windows.old folder, if you choose to install from these versions.
Upgrade is fully supported for Windows 7, but is partially supported for Vista and XP.
It’s worth nothing that in order to keep your files in any of previous Windows, you will need to install Windows 8 Release Preview by starting the installation from within Windows. Starting from the installation media won’t keep your files, programs, and settings.
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