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  • On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:37:37 +0000, Davon Moody wrote:

    When will Windows 8 Beta be available to download?

    Three points:

    1. Nobody knows what the next version of Windows will be called. It's
    even likely that Microsoft hasn't decided on a name yet. Do not assume
    that it will be Windows 8; it may be that, or it may be something
    else.

    2. Nobody knows when the first beta version of the next version of
    Windows will be available. It's even likely that Microsoft doesn't
    know yet. They may have a plan for when they want it to be ready, but
    not everything in all plans happens when it's planned.

    3. When a beta version does come out, the reason it will be a beta
    test version instead of a released version is that it will still have bugs in it, and Microsoft will be looking for beta test users to
    inform them of other bugs as they are found,
    In my view, unless you have a spare computer to install it on, and enjoy doing beta testing of software and reporting of bugs to Microsoft, installing such beta software is just looking for trouble.
    Yes, you can install beta versions, but for almost everyone I strongly
    advise against doing that, and waiting for it to be released.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Saturday, October 16, 2010 3:00 PM

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  • On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:37:37 +0000, Davon Moody wrote:

    When will Windows 8 Beta be available to download?

    Three points:

    1. Nobody knows what the next version of Windows will be called. It's
    even likely that Microsoft hasn't decided on a name yet. Do not assume
    that it will be Windows 8; it may be that, or it may be something
    else.

    2. Nobody knows when the first beta version of the next version of
    Windows will be available. It's even likely that Microsoft doesn't
    know yet. They may have a plan for when they want it to be ready, but
    not everything in all plans happens when it's planned.

    3. When a beta version does come out, the reason it will be a beta
    test version instead of a released version is that it will still have bugs in it, and Microsoft will be looking for beta test users to
    inform them of other bugs as they are found,
    In my view, unless you have a spare computer to install it on, and enjoy doing beta testing of software and reporting of bugs to Microsoft, installing such beta software is just looking for trouble.
    Yes, you can install beta versions, but for almost everyone I strongly
    advise against doing that, and waiting for it to be released.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Saturday, October 16, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Virtual Machines??
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:58 AM
  • When will Windows 8 Beta be available to download?

    • Proposed as answer by JohnBg74 Thursday, September 08, 2011 8:57 PM
    Friday, December 17, 2010 2:42 PM
  • On Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:42:35 +0000, gladysstead wrote:
     
    > When will Windows 8 Beta be available to download?
     
     
    When it's ready. No date has been announced, and nobody knows the
    answer to your question.
     
    Also note that nobody knows what the name of the next version of
    Windows will be. It *may* be Windows 8, or it may be something else.
     
    And finally, note that the reason it will be a beta version instead of
    a released version is that it will still have bugs in it, and
    Microsoft will be looking for beta test users to inform them of other
    bugs as they are found,
     
    In my view, unless you have a spare computer to install it on, and
    enjoy doing beta testing of software and reporting of bugs to
    Microsoft, installing such beta software is just looking for trouble.
     
    Yes, you can install the beta version when it comes out, but for
    almost everyone I strongly advise *against* doing that, and waiting
    for it to be released.
     

    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Friday, December 17, 2010 8:55 PM
  • I have beta tested windows vista and windows 7 would like to know when the next windows version will be out for testing would like to be included in the testing could someone please let me know.

     

    thank you

    and I have fun doing it while learning about the new software.

    Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:13 AM
  • See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833520. Note: You can only register for open betas, unless you are invited for other programs.
    "192 GB ought to be enough for anybody." (from the miniseries "Next Generation's Jokes")
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 2:46 PM
  • On Sat, 15 Jan 2011 03:13:11 +0000, fix it wrote:

    I have beta tested windows vista and windows 7 would like to know when the next windows version will be out for testing would like to be included in the testing could someone please let me know.

    You can find lots of guesses around, but nobody knows for sure when it
    will be.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:23 PM
  • thanks Ken

    would someone please let me know when the first beta does come out

    thank you

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 3:46 PM
  • Win8 is in M2 stage, so it still takes some time.Maybe by the end of this year or beginning 2012.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    • Proposed as answer by BentBird Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:06 AM
    Sunday, January 16, 2011 3:52 PM
  • On Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:46:39 +0000, fix it wrote:

    thanks Ken

    You're welcome. Glad to help.

    would someone please let me know when the first beta does come out

    Considering that it's probably a year or more from now, it's going to
    be hard for anyone to remember to let you know. Why don't you do a web
    search for it every couple of months or so.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Sunday, January 16, 2011 7:26 PM
  • For me it can be in may, juny 2011. So we need to wait ...
    Sunday, January 23, 2011 5:39 PM
  • well regardless of what the new windows 8 is called i would still like somehow to beta test it , i have been working with windows and linux and enjoy testing new software to its reasonable limits , i also fix computers and am one of the few people who doesnt allow my operating system to freeze at all , there's always a work around or temp fix to help with testing , i also kinda unofficially seen the windows 7-8 extreme edition running and had the opportunity to repatch drivers and stuff , so what it comes down to is i would rather do this legal because i dont believe in ripped off software , but i really need to advance with all operating systems

    thank you for taking the time to read this :)

    Friday, March 25, 2011 6:01 PM
  • HOW can I sign up to become a windows 8 beta tester?

     


    EEH
    Sunday, April 03, 2011 6:21 PM
  • there is no sign in , just keep on cheking till ou hear it has been released "Beta" and then downloaded
    • Proposed as answer by nameer.issa Monday, April 04, 2011 6:39 PM
    Monday, April 04, 2011 6:25 PM
  • I have been with Connect for a long time. I expect I will see Windows 8 soon as I got early betas of Windows 7 there before it even make release candidate.

    Keep in mind early releases are by invitation only and are subject to non disclosure

     


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    Monday, April 04, 2011 8:05 PM
  • Which forum will they post the beta announcement in?  Thanks.

    Monday, April 25, 2011 3:49 PM
  • It is by invite only

    My MVP is for the Windows Desktop Experience, i.e. Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 IT

    Remote Assistance is available for a fee.

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    Monday, April 25, 2011 3:55 PM
  • Is there a place for Certified Partners to request an invite?  It is really important that we get a jump on testing our software on Windows 8. Thanks.
    Monday, April 25, 2011 4:04 PM
  • nope

    My MVP is for the Windows Desktop Experience, i.e. Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 IT

    Remote Assistance is available for a fee.

    I am best with C++ and I am learning C# using Visual Studio 2010

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    • Proposed as answer by kiwidoc Monday, August 15, 2011 3:49 AM
    Monday, April 25, 2011 4:06 PM
  • Hi all

    Well, according to this link: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/mailbag-windows-8-special-edition-136372 Paul advises the following "Microsoft hasn't provided a build of Windows 8 with the new UI to anyone yet. That won't happen until BUILD in September. I won't be writing up any of the alpha stuff this time."  However, just like the weather, nothing is guaranteed.  Hope is all we have at the moment :)

    Interesting to say the least :)


    Microsoft Windows 7 / SP1 Beta Tester Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Tester Beta ID: 1028328
    Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:30 PM
  • Given the last release I head of was milestone 3, its not even close to being done. This means its an early alpha but I suspect I will see an invite soon.

    Remember that the NDA has not been lifted yet.

     


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    Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:40 PM
  • You will know it, Microsoft will probably notify everyone
    Tuesday, July 05, 2011 5:03 PM
  • there is a name for the newwinds it will bet windows 8 and i have not yet fund or see in a bata of it mabe in nov of 2011 or frast of 2012
    Wednesday, July 06, 2011 2:51 AM
  • but somebody say windows 8 beta avail to download for Tech peoples  ? !?!?
    R.Mathan MCA,MCTS,MCITP
    Tuesday, August 09, 2011 12:02 PM
  • Patience

     


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    Tuesday, August 09, 2011 12:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:11 AM
  • You of all people should know microsoft is very predictable.

     

    - It IS called Windows 8 (and most likely next version will be Windows 9)

    - Everybody knows there's always a beta period and what beta testing means. No reason to even mention your point #3

    - You must be swallowing your words now ;-)

     

    #FAIL.


    • Edited by Über Friday, September 09, 2011 3:50 PM
    Friday, September 09, 2011 3:47 PM
  • Oh really, "Über"? They're so predictable, huh? Well, before they ever came out with any announcement of Windows 95, did you accurately predict that they wouldn't have a "Windows 4," but would have a "Windows 95" instead?

    And what about NT and Me? Were those names so "predictable"? Oh, and did you somehow guess that they would name their next one from XP a name like "Vista"? And how did you spot so early that they'd suddenly jump back to a number with their new one from Vista?

    Windows 8 might be called either just "Windows 8," or just about anything else. Microsoft is not really all that predictable, and it should be obvious to you.


    • Edited by MaxxFordham Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:36 AM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:36 AM
  • I just grabbed a 32-bit disk for Windows Preview, so next is to find a machine to test it on. Virtual PC is no good.

     


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    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:49 AM
  • I posted some comments on my gaming site, see the white papers

     


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    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:49 AM
  • I checked on MSDN and in the subscriber area is now available, but I tried to install the 32-bit disk into Windows 7 Virtual PC and that failed. Evidently that demo is not compatible with Virtual PC.

    My server lacks AMD-V so I cannot use Hyper-V to try that. Yet.

     


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    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:01 PM
  • On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:37:37 +0000, Davon Moody wrote:

    When will Windows 8 Beta be available to download?

    Three points:

    1. Nobody knows what the next version of Windows will be called. It's
    even likely that Microsoft hasn't decided on a name yet. Do not assume
    that it will be Windows 8; it may be that, or it may be something
    else.

    2. Nobody knows when the first beta version of the next version of
    Windows will be available. It's even likely that Microsoft doesn't
    know yet. They may have a plan for when they want it to be ready, but
    not everything in all plans happens when it's planned.

    3. When a beta version does come out, the reason it will be a beta
    test version instead of a released version is that it will still have bugs in it, and Microsoft will be looking for beta test users to
    inform them of other bugs as they are found,
    In my view, unless you have a spare computer to install it on, and enjoy doing beta testing of software and reporting of bugs to Microsoft, installing such beta software is just looking for trouble.
    Yes, you can install beta versions, but for almost everyone I strongly
    advise against doing that, and waiting for it to be released.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP

    Sir now you can download Windows 8 developer preview & you can test it now in Virtual Pc :

     

    Download : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

     

    Regards


    MCP | MCTS | MCITP From Iraq
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:09 PM
  • Thank you for that link, Las.

    Will be trying it in VMware workstation shortly.  Will advise...

    -Noel

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:55 AM
  • A Developer Preview is available for download: go to the following web address

    http://microsoftfeed.com/2011/download-windows-8-developer-preview/

    You could install and test it in a VirtualBox virtual machine: read the article at the following web address

    http://www.winbeta.org/?q=guides%2Fhow-install-windows-8-virtualbox

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:16 AM
    Moderator
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools installs and runs great in VMware workstation 8.0.

    -Noel

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:21 PM
  • Here's a guide if you're planning to run the Windows 8 Developer Preview in a VM:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/16/running-windows-8-developer-preview-in-a-virtual-environment.aspx

    Also, here is the official Windows 8 DP forum for any questions/issues:
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/threads

    Happy testing time! :)


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    Saturday, September 17, 2011 1:25 PM
  • I have published two guides on installing Windows 8 DP as a virtual machine.  The host computer should support hardware Virtualization Technology (VT) in processor.

    Here is the guide on install Windows 8 in VirtualBox

    and guide to install Windows 8 in VMware

    As instructed in msdn site, VMware should be workstation 8 or VMware player 4 and VirtualBox version higher than 4.

     

    For some reasons, Windows 8 DP works well inside VMware workstation 8, may be because of VMware tools (install the tools in Windows 7 compatibility). Metro UI and full screen works better.

     

    Good luck guys.

     

     

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:52 AM
  • You guys might want to mention that with a 2GB RAM allocation, the VMware 8 SVGA driver works fine, but on a 64 bit VM with 4 GB it blows up.

    -Noel

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:23 PM
  • if you dont have an answer then dont respond, repeating the same "i dont know" several times no matter how long winded or in different ways is still not answering and really just pushes possible "REAL" answers to a point that they arent easily seen

    Monday, September 26, 2011 8:49 PM
  • to mr. JLeonard, I have never used the words I DON'T KNOW even once on this forum and I resent the implication that I did so.  If this the attitude you have maybe it is time you are removed from this forum permanently
    Monday, September 26, 2011 9:10 PM
  • this is not the correct place for W8 discussions.
     
    here is the proper place
     --
     
    mikeyshd
       "JLeonard54" wrote in message
    news:181dc1d3-1594-448f-8013-a599cfd5ad73@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    > if you dont have an answer then dont respond, repeating the same "i dont
    > know" several times no matter how long winded or in different ways is
    > still not answering and really just pushes possible "REAL" answers to a
    > point that they arent easily seen
    >
     
    Monday, September 26, 2011 10:53 PM
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    Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:26 PM
  • Hello,

            Thanks For Choosing Microsoft ® Please go to http://connect.microsoft.com/. Thanks for your interest in Windows ® 8!


    Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:26 PM
  • Hello, Davon Moody!

     

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    • Edited by zimgir124 Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:32 PM
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:30 PM