Thursday, August 16, 2012

Windows 8 RTM is out, go grab it.

Windows 8 was released to manufacturing (RTM) yesterday. It is now available (90 day evaluation) for download from here:

There is no technical support for this, you are on your own or go to the forums ( After downloading make sure you install it within 10 days. This windows 8 Enterprise (both x64 and x32) cannot be upgraded and will expire after the evaluation period.

The best way to gain some experience with this release is to download and install it on a separate partition. Windows 7 Disk manager can be used to create a partition easily.

Here are the basic system requirements:
Windows 8 works 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: 20 GB
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Let's get ready to install Windows 8 Enterprise. I am going to do it on my Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) running on a Toshiba Satellite P775 laptop. Make sure you back up your data before you take these steps.

If you need measured steps to do it with screen shots, here it is:

Here I am trying to release some space from my C:\drive

To get to see this you need to go Start | Computer and make a right click and choose Manage from the drop-down list. In the Computer Management Screen choose Disk Management.

Right click the highlighted drive (C:) and pick up shrink Volume..
You get to the Shrink C: screen 

Enter the amount you want to shrink. This was my choice.

Hit Shrink button.

Now you are sizzling. You have 292.97 GB free.
Right click this new released space and click New Simple Volume...

New Simple Volume Wizard shows up.

Read the stuff on it. Hit Next. You need to specify the size of this volume (how many gigabits).

I chose about 40 GB (twice the minimum requirement).

Hit Next. Now in this screen you can choose to create the partitioned drive.

I assumed F: drive. Hit Next to get to the Format drive screen.

I gave Windows 8 as Volume label. Hit Next.

Now you have a F:\ drive with about 40GB. Disk Manager screen gets updated as shown.

You are cooking now. The drive appears in the Windows Explorer as shown.

Now you are ready to install Windows 8 RTM

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