Thursday, March 1, 2012

Windows 8 consumer preview: the end of XP?

Microsoft corporation has released consumer preview of the windows 8 operating system. The OS is available for download as a setup file or an .iso. And I am in on it. Find a way to run the operating system on my computer and have a feel of the OS that may eventually kill windows XP or at least Vista. Now for those who are still sticking it out with XP now is the time to try to convert or risk being left by the future of computing. Windows 8 is radically changing the user interface of the Microsoft OS. Depending on how successful windows 8 is, even half as successful as windows 7, windows XP will stand a greater risk of being be quickly phased out.
Already many of the content, the software and the services that will run in a windows 8 metro styled OS will not be able to run in an XP without major rework and I bet no one is about to continue to re-work software for XP when their is other OS that are fast growing and require that time. Like Google's Android and Apple’s iOS.
So is windows 8 the end of windows XP? We shall see where that is headed in a few months time. Windows 8 will eventually launch Microsoft into the future of computing. A future full of developers and programmers who are not really hard core nerds. It is far easier today to build an app without writing code or having a great working knowledge of any of the programming languages. More or more people are capable of building small footprint applications and making them available across many platforms for a fraction of the cost in a central market place.
Microsoft has lunched a marketplace is not as boring. So shall we say, welcome finally to the XP killer OS?
Here are the free download links for windows 8.
For the the setup file, windows 8-ConsumerPreview this setup file will download a small 5MB setup file. The majority of the assets and distributable programmes to support installation like the .Net framework are automatically downloaded during set up. So you will get a screen like this: 
Setup will then check compatibility of all installed applications on the computer. Be warned that most applications will not have a record of compatibility. Windows 8 is still in beta. For starters I did a check on my old XP desktop PC and here is the report:
Windows Installation Compatibility Advisor Report
Need your attention
Will work
Computer Name: GIS
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Model: HP Compaq dc7700p Small Form Factor
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz
Memory: 4.1 GB

HP Backup and Recovery
App won't work

HP Credential Manager for ProtectTools
Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., Version
App won't work

HP Embedded Security for ProtectTools
HP, Version 4.5.1
App won't work

HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 D3
Hewlett-Packard Company, Version 2.00 D3
App won't work

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Workstations
Kaspersky Lab, Version
App won't work

Microsoft ActiveSync
Microsoft Corporation, Version 4.5.5096.0
App won't work

VeriSoft Access Manager
App won't work
Windows Media Technologies
App won't work

Windows Messenger 5.1
Some features might not work

Canon MX320 series FAX

Canon MX320 series Printer

HP Color LaserJet 4500

HP Color LaserJet CM6030 MFP PCL 6

HP LaserJet 4345 mfp PCL 6

HP LaserJet M5035 MFP PCL 6

It follows that most of my HP printers will probably work with windows 8 but not even HP backup and recovery will work. Tough luck. By the way caution if you install windows 8 it will overwrite your entire entire computer including all data stored on computer and existing OS. So backup first and have a recovery reinstall disk made before installing. And obviously you need a good internet connectivity to use the installer above. If you are behind a proxy that may not be good enough.

The recommended method for proxy or unreliable internet connection is to use the iso file. Below:
ISO images
An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Instructions are provided on this page. You can also use a virtual iso disk like magicdisk but the compatibility of those is not tested. Use with discretion. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center. So you can download those as well if you intend to publish your existing application to windows 8 compatible versions.

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

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

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
Chinese (Simplified)

64-bit (x64)                    
Download (3.4 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — DF69B851F9A81DECBB16648CC452461894416EB0

32-bit (x86)                    
Download (2.6 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — E29A2072745A48C14A1C2E5A61F5230841BEDB45

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

64-bit (x64)                    
Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — A9358E6799ABEEF29EDBA054AD34849C02C7F51F

32-bit (x86)                    
Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 2EF8013B9F50B93AEAC8068F4827E2C1DC0DC0B1

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

64-bit (x64)                    
Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — DB1003A47C266697B3832BE2A23319988EE34495

32-bit (x86)                    
Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 91075AEA665C5D6F42A24714B3A3390762C94457

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

64-bit (x64)                    
Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — A8F0DB12CAECEA0BE8B27EA124F2234212D9103A

32-bit (x86)                    
Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — C8A322ED86058086207CAAECD46B4DDACF9E247A

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

System Requirements
Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
  • 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

How to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview from an ISO image
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).

Downloads for developers

Download the tools and SDK

To download the developer tools and sdk

Welcome Microsoft to the future of computing.


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