Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and
apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who
are important to you. It’s Windows re imagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the
rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from
Windows, but They’ve made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form
factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.
Microsoft strongly recommend that only experienced PC users download Windows 8 Consumer
Preview. Before you download the preview, you should weigh the pros and cons of installing
software that’s still in development. If you install the preview release, you’ll get to try out the
many new features, but you might also encounter errors that you wouldn’t encounter using a
released version of Windows8.
Consider downloading the Windows 8 Consumer Preview only if all of the following apply to
• You like to use the latest software and enjoy experimenting with new technology.
• You’re comfortable backing up a PC, formatting a hard drive, and installing an operating
system from scratch.
• You feel comfortable troubleshooting PC problems yourself.
• You don’t mind updating software frequently.
• You have the installation or recovery media and the knowledge to restore your previous
operating system after you’re done testing Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is stable and has been thoroughly tested, but it’s not the finished
product. Your PC could crash and you could lose important files. You should back up your data
and you shouldn’t test Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your primary home or business PC.
You might also encounter problems like:
• Software that doesn’t install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs.
• Printers, video cards, or other hardware that doesn’t work.
• Difficulty accessing corporate or home networks.
• Files that might become corrupted.
• You should carefully balance the risks and rewards of trying out the Windows 8
Consumer Preview before you install it.