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    Windows 8 Release Preview

    Installing "Windows 8 Release Preview" onto new build...


    I'm going to be building a PC very soon. Obviously I'm going to need an OS for it. Rather than shell out 80 for Windows 7 only to upgrade to 8 when it comes out a couple of months later, could I instead install the release preview onto it and upgrade to 8 when it comes out? Link to the release preview:

    Windows 8 Release Preview

    My concern is that the 64-bit version is a 3.3GB download. I'm guessing that means this version is intended as an upgrade from 7? Meaning I won't be able to use it as a clean install?

    So should I just settle for 7? Or could I get away with using this release preview as an OS until the full version of 8 comes out?

    Jack

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    Hello Jack, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you can do a clean install with the Windows 8 Release Preview.
    You could also use Windows 8 Release Preview until the final retail version of Windows 8 is released. You should be able to upgrade from the Release Preview to the full RTM, but it would recommended to do a clean install with the full RTM instead.

    Hope this helps,

    Shawn
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    Windows 8 Release Preview


    My issue here though - isn't 3.3GB a little small to be the entire Windows 8 OS? Bearing in mind my new build won't have ANY OS on it at all. 3.3GB seems far too small to be the entire OS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BerginUK View Post
    My issue here though - isn't 3.3GB a little small to be the entire Windows 8 OS? Bearing in mind my new build won't have ANY OS on it at all. 3.3GB seems far too small to be the entire OS?
    I know its small but it is the full OS. Microsoft took out unnecessary thing like media center which has made the installer much smaller.
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    3.3 GB is only the size if the 64-bit Windows 8 RP installation ISO file, and not the size of the installed Windows 8. You will need to have a minimum of 20 GB for 64-bit Windows 8, but I would recommend to have at least 50 GB or more depending on how much you plan on installing afterwards.

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    Windows 8 Release Preview


    Thanks for the info chaps!
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Jack. Glad we could help.
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