Maketecheasier.com: Review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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By Miguel Leiva-Gomez for MakeTechEasier.com

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

You’ve already gotten a nice sneak-peek at Windows 8′s features from us, but nothing gives you the scoop on Windows 8 better than a review of its consumer preview! I have good news for you: We got our hands on Windows 8′s Consumer Preview and we’ll walk you through everything from the installation to the graphic interface. So far, it’s been a tough time setting up the virtualization environment, but we finally modified everything as it should be in preparation for Windows 8′s installation.

Please Note: If you would like to test out Windows 8, use VMWare 8 or above. Older versions will give you an HAL initialization failure.

Our Specs

The computer being tested on has the following specs:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate w/VMWare 8
  • 1 TB HDD, 7200 RPM
  • Intel Core i5 650 – 2 cores w/HT technology – 3.20 GHz
  • 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
  • nVidia GeForce 550Ti display adapter
  • 750W PSU


  • Other stuff that’s not important

    In VMWare, I allocated the following:

  • 4 GB RAM (System requirement: 2 GB)
  • The entire processor (System requirement: 1 GHz)
  • 30 GB HDD Space (System requirements officially recommend 20, but I slapped an extra 10 there).

  • Windows 8 Installation

    After the power-on self test (POST) emulated by VMWare, the computer started a funky little initialization screen:

    I already had a question after seeing this: Why the fish? So, after the installation initiated (which took all of 1 minute), there’s a new screen welcoming you to Windows!

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    This excerpt is shared with permission from maketecheasier.com.

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