February 29, 2012, 12:41 PM — Here's how you can download free ISO images of Windows 8 Consumer Preview instead of using Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup. You can burn these images right to a DVD for easy installation of Windows 8 on your system.
1. Visit the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images page.
2. Note that you'll find 32-bit and 64-bit images on that page.
3. Languages include English, Chinese, German and Japanese.
4. There are also installation instructions at the bottom of the page.
Here's a list of system requirements that you'll need to meet to run Windows 8.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768