You don’t need to hold your breath anymore! Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download for the public and of-course for free! Microsoft has included some metro styled applications along with the Consumer Preview build which has over 100,000 code changes made since the Windows 8 Developer Preview, which was released back in September 2011.
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO [Direct Download Links]
Below links are for the ISO files of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In case you are not sure what ISO files are, it is better to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup instead and follow the instructions provided there.
Else, go ahead and download these ISO files. It is suggested to use a download manager as the files are quite huge and gauging the demand, servers can be too slow.
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit [x64] – 3.3GB
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit [x86] – 2.5GB
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
The above links are for English language ISOs. For other languages, click here.
Before you start installing, you need to know that minimum system requirements include 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, at-least 16GB of HDD space and Microsoft DirectX9 graphics card. As you’d know Windows 8 is multitouch enabled OS, so in order to test the multitouch capabilities, you would need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch.
If you are on a PC, here is a guide to install Windows 8 on Virtual Box. In case you didn’t know, you can easily boot Windows 8 from a USB or a DVD! Get going right now.
Update: Apparently, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Consumer preview directly from Windows 8 Developer Preview, which would preserve your settings and files.
Update 2: Windows 8 Server beta is also available for download. Click here.