For the list of Windows Server 8 changes of interest to the IT Pro see: Windows 8 for the IT Pro: The New Plumbing

To test all this stuff out, you will probably want to use the Windows 7 hardware you currently have.

This list is sourced from the blog post at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/13/experiencing-windows-8-touch-on-windows-7-hardware.aspx listing machines that the touch-enabled features have been "tested" on, where "tested" = "works on my machine," and not "tested and supported by Microsoft,".

It is offered here so that early adopters can update it with additional hardware that runs the Windows 8 Developer Preview "on their machine".  Feel free to add to the list, it is the wiki way!

You can find forum threads from other early adopters on both hardware and software issues at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/threads . Find Windows 8 sample apps to run at: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Windows-Developer-Preview-6b53adbb

You can also use the Windows 7 boot from VHD fetaure to try out Windows 8. Here's a how to blog post: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/GuideToInstallingAndBootingWindows8DeveloperPreviewOffAVHDVirtualHardDisk.aspx. You may also want to check out Dual Boot Windows 8 from VHD using Windows Setup.

Windows 7 machines that run Windows 8 (Developer Preview):

3M

  • 3M M2256PW

Acer

  • Acer Aspire 1420p (PDC)
  • Acer Aspire 1825PT
  • Acer Aspire 5738PG
  • Acer Aspire Z5610
  • Acer Iconia
  • Acer T230H
  • Acer W500

ASUS

  • ASUS EP 121
  • ASUS TCA70

Dell

  • Dell ST2220Tc
  • Dell Studio 1747
  • Dell Studio One
  • Dell SX2210T
  • Dell Inspiron 2305
  • Dell Inspiron Duo
  • Dell Latitude E6420
  • Dell Inspiron One 2305
  • Dell Latitude XT
  • Dell ST2220T
  • Dell Dimension E310
  • Dell XT2
  • Dell XPS L702x
  • Dell Inspiron 1720

ELO

  • Elo 1522L

EXO

  • EXOPC

Fujitsu

  • Fujitsu Lifebook T4310
  • Fujitsu Q550 Slate

HP

  • HP TouchSmart_IQ526t
  • HP Compaq L2105TM
  • HP EliteBook 2740P
  • HP Mini 5102
  • HP Pavilion_tx2000
  • HP Tablet 500
  • HP TouchSmart IQ500
  • HP Pavillion DV3T-2000
  • HP TouchSmart 610
  • HP TouchSmart TX2Z

Lenovo

  • Lenovo C320
  • Lenovo S10-3T
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T410S
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X201T
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220T
  • Lenovo ThinkPad_X60
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X510
  • Lenovo X201
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150

NEC

  • NEC MultiSync LCD175M

Planar

  • Planar PX2230MW

Samsung

  • Samsung Series 7 XE700T1A

Sony

  • Sony V J series
  • Sony V L series
  • Sony VPCL113FX/B
  • Sony VPCL-218FW  

Toshiba

  • Toshiba Portege_M700
  • Toshiba Sattellite Har/Kar
  • Toshiba Satellite L25