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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been officially released in both 32 and 64-bit versions for multiple languages.  You can find them located at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso.

So far the supported languages include:

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • French
  • German

The system requirements are said to work the same as Windows 7, and at first glance they do appear to be extremely similar.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

Microsoft has written out the directions on how to get this up and running on your system.

The easiest way to convert an ISO file to a DVD in Windows 7 is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an ISO file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability. One option is the USB/DVD download tool provided by the Microsoft Store. You can also download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup, which includes tools that allow you to create a DVD or USB flash drive from an ISO file (Windows Vista or Windows 7 required).

If you get this installed today, make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this first look at the future of Windows!