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    Lightbulb Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    For those who have too much time on their hands and don't mind being guinea pigs...
    Download servers should be alright now since it's been out for several hours.

    Click on the link below,


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    64-bit (x64) size: 3.3 GB
    32-bit (x86) size: 2.5 GB

    Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

    Notes:
    Remember to write down the CD key for the installation.
    DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

    Windows 8 64-bit
    Test hardware:
    AMD Phenom II x6 1090T, 8 GB, ATi x1650 Pro, WD Caviar Black 2TB, SATA: Native IDE & AHCI configuration tested.

    Approximate installation time with,
    DVD disc: 18 minutes w/ customization options entered.
    USB flash drive: 12 minutes w/ customization options entered.

    No issues encountered as of yet with the following:
    • Adblock Plus plug-in
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Avidemux
    • Java runtime
    • VLC media player
    • Winrar
    • OCZ Rally 2 flash drive
    • Kingston DT101 G2 flash drive


    Caveats/issues:
    • Firefox fails to negotiate to websites when downloading file(s) near maximum bandwith.
    • Default support is for HDA not AC97. Onboard Realtek ALC892 audio chip required configuration. Realtek control panel for Win7/8 64 bit, requires familiarization. Enabling older AC97 setting for older computer cases with front audio ports that do not support HDA took a while to find.
    • Copying files from one NTFS partition to another NTFS partition on Win8 appears to cause up to 35 seconds freeze at 99% completion. Whether partition is on same HDD or another, delay/hang still caused. Size of file(s) does not appear to matter. Moving from one NTFS partition to another partition does not cause hang... Weird.
    • Hanging during copying activity appears to be gone on second & third clean installation tests.
    • ATi Win7 64-bit drivers installation packages requires manual installation via Device Manager appears to be successful.
    • Video corruption. Not sure whether it was Win8 or ATi drivers but a controlled soft reboot resulted in unviewable screen login screen. Video restored via a hard reboot.
    • Frequent hard drive activity even when no task is being conducted...


    *May add/edit comments, time permitting.

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    Cool, I might throw this into a virtual machine and give it a burl.

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    I might put together a test machine and give it a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinma View Post

    Caveats/issues:
    • ATi Win7 64-bit drivers installation packages requires manual installation via Device Manager appears to be successful.
    AMD has a Windows 8 Consumer Preview driver out :
    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...ewDrivers.aspx

    Might try it on my spare PC, which has the Win8 developer version on it

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    Thanks equinoxe3d but driver support only goes back to Radeon HD 5000 series.
    Anything older appears to rely on Win8 drivers.
    The included drivers in Win8 isn't bad though, so it should be acceptable for office use.
    No idea on gaming situations, since I don't game...
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    Going to fire it up in vmware over the weekend. Hopefully Metro isn't too bad...
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    Had no luck getting this working on VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi). So far, installing fine on VirtualBox 4.1.8 though.

    Details of what virtual environments it will work under here:
    Windows 8: HAL_INITIALIZATION FAILED. You PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle, and now it needs to restart

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    For those considering Win8 tablets with ARM processor,
    Be aware, set aside budget for for all new software...


    Or simply use another OS for the tablet.
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    Testing put on back burner.

    Default Win8 image viewer behaviour forcing use of Metro interface.

    The Metro interface becoming really annoying.
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    I made the mistake of going to the windows store; there was no way to go back to metro; all there was was a horizontal scroll bar to scroll through the apps.

    Think i'll be sticking to 7 for a while longer.
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    Some good tips here; might try it again.

    http://www.techspot.com/guides/506-w...ts-and-tricks/
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    Thanks Huge but I if that article is any indicator of things to appear,
    It does not bode well.
    I never was a big fan of CLI and having to deal with around 20 different keyboard shortcuts is not exactly amusing.
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    Not sure if it is Windows 8 or the onboard Realtek LAN chip but
    When bandwidth is being consumed by a large download at high download rate,
    Web browsing capabilities is gone...
    Behaves as if unable to contact DNS server(s).
    Problem with multiple simultaneous connections?
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