how can i complete the installation of windows 8 consumer preview

how can i burn this Windows8-ConsumerPreview-64bit-English then install windows 8 consumer preview ?? what a recordable disc it needs ?? and do you advice me to install windows 8 instead of windows 7 ? please help me ,, thank you .

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Last updated September 16, 2013 Views 58 Applies to:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images – Download and create your bootable DVD from here:

64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash: 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749

32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash: E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Download ( ) Install and run HashCalc, from the HashCalc "Data" box click on the navigation button to locate and select the consumer preview .ISO file. Place a check mark on in the SHA1 box and click "Calculate". The returned hash value (not case sensitive) should match the value posted by Microsoft. This is your means of assuring the file was not corrupted during the download.

Next you need to use the .ISO file to create a bootable DVD used to install Windows 8. Another good utility for this job if you don’t already have the necessary software (Roxio Creator and Nero being two of the more common ones) is ImgBurn:

There is a good set of screen shots to help you use ImgBurn:

Note: Always use quality DVD+RW media and the slowest burn speed possible for your model of DVD burner to insure a good burn is achieved.



I strongly recommend you dual boot with your existing operating system instead of replacing it with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The Consumer Preview is still under heavy development and you should not replace a production copy of Windows with it (whether that be XP, Vista or Windows 7).


If you have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 capable PC, your system should be able to run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Before you do that though, the best way to run it is to install it on a separate partition. It is recommended you do this since it is a test version and has not been finalized. If you are not satisfied with Windows 8, you can always boot into Windows 7 and delete the partition and continue using Windows 7 or Vista.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview system requirements:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Creating the partition

In Windows 7, partitioning is more easy to do than Windows XP. Regardless of this, you might encounter problems when using Windows 7’s disk management to create it. If you do experience this, refer to the previous article about using EaseUs to create the partition instead. Anyway, here is how you create a partition in Windows 7 or Vista:

Open a Run command (Press Windows key + R) on your keyboard. Then type diskmgmt.msc then hit Enter on your keyboard.

Alternatively, you can click Start, right click Computer > click Manage > click Disk Management.

Once Disk Management is open, select the C:\ or where Windows 7/Vista is installed.

Right click it and click Shrink menu.

Wait while Windows Vista.7 checks for available disk space.

Enter the amount you want to allocate. Depending on the architecture of Windows 8 you want to try. If you are using Windows 8 32 bit, you can allocate 16 GBs or 20 GBs if you using the 64 bit version. Another factor is disk space for applications, page file and drivers.

Click OK.

The Disk Management window should display unallocated disk space.

You cannot do a custom install of Windows 8 from within Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. You will have to boot from the Windows 8 DVD. If you are using the Web Installer, make sure you use the option to create a bootable Windows 8 DVD using the .ISO file or bootable thumb drive.

After inserting the Windows 8 disc, restart your computer and boot from the DVD.

To learn how to change your BIOS options to boot from the DVD drive, see the following tutorial:

Once your computer is set to boot from the DVD, you should see this option.

The Windows 8 logo will appear on screen, this might be here for a while, as long as your see the indicater, everything should be ok.

You should now arrive at this screen, select your time and currency format then click Next.

Click Install Now

Wait while setup starts up

Enter your product key when prompted. The product key should have been available to you when you downloaded the .ISO file for Windows 8. Click Next

You will need to use the prodcuct key listed on the ISO Download Page here

Accept the End User License agreement and click Next

Click Custom install Windows only (advanced)

Select the partition you created for it then click Next. You have the option of Formatting the drive and creating additional partition’s if you wish. Click Drive Options.

Wait while Windows 8 installs. Installation time can vary depending on the speed of your disk, processor and the amount of installed memory.

After the installation is complete, click Restart now or wait on Windows 8 to do it.

Windows 8 will boot for the first time, a series of action will take place such as:

  • Setup is updating your registry

Windows 8 will prompt you to choose the operating system you want to boot into. Select Windows 8 of course, since we are not finished configuring it.

Additional task to complete include:

  • Getting devices ready

Additional task to complete include:

  • Getting system ready
  • Restarting PC

After the restart is complete, you will see the following screen:

Click Windows 8 to enter the Out of box experience. The OOBE will allow you to configure Windows 8 with a user name, setup a Microsoft Account and personalize your Windows Experience.

Out of Box Experience

Select your Windows color

Click Use express settings

Setup an account name and password then click Finish

Wait while your settings are finalized.

logging into Windows 8 for the first time.

You are now running Windows 8.

When you want to boot into Windows XP, click ‘Earlier version of Windows’ on the boot manager.

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