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It doesn't seem to work without VT-x, so no W8 previewing here.
Thanks for letting me know. My current PC doesn't have VT-x.
It's also an exe download. So apparently, you can't try it without already having some form of windows. The only windows I have is in a virtual machine. I'd be afraid to try win 8 within a win7 virt machine, but knowing it wouldn't work due to the VT-x saves me the trouble.
Nope, there are also ISO images available: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/iso
Download the ISO, it a link on the same page as the .exe
I've just tried it on my work laptop, which happens to support VT-x... but no dice, I just get the fish and then a blue screen.
I found interesting, though, that the blue screen states that my PC is broken. There sure couldn't be any other reason or be anyone else's fault: "Your PC needs to be repaired". Period.
I finally managed to install Windows8 on WMWare (it keept bluescreening in VirtualBox). Then I had to disable the floppy, or else the installer would get in a loop a reboot over and over.
So these are my first impressions of the OS:
-Why does it want me to create a LiveID? And why do I get into all MS services just by installing an OS? If you thought that Google signing you into other services when creating a GMail account was annoying, I don't know what to say about this.
-The default user avatar is fugly. I guess that it might be changed before the final release (I certainly hope so), and I know it's a minor gripe since you will likely change it as soon as you log in, but really... it's fugly. And it's not just the avatar, actually: the whole UI is filled with crappy icons and widgets.
-Multitasking in Metro sucks. Big time.
-I guess this will also get fixed before release, but you seem to have to be very accurate with the gestures. Moving the mouse to the bottom left corner to get back to the desktop pops up a small rectagle which you are supposed to click, but if you move your mouse too far out of the corner the rectangle disappears (even while you are still inside of it).
-Talking about gestures, they are anything but intuitive.
-I don't know if it's part of the Metro style of if the UI is not finished, but it's all filled with really ugly stuff. Eg. go to settings and select the "share" option. What you get on the right side looks like a web page that has failed to load the CSS. Are widgets supposed to look like that in Metro?
-Dragging the screen horizontally might work on tablets, but the PC alternative (the scroll bar at the botton) looks amateurish. Just check the weather app and enjoy the uglyness of the non-continuous sections while scrolling. Dunno, if it's not going to look pretty, at least don't let the user stop the scrolling in the middle of two sections.
-I guess this also will get fixed latter, but I just couldn't configure my mail account. It just kept saying that it was unable to connect.
-Lack of consistency. Eg. launching IE from the desktop opened the explorer in the legacy aeroesque UI, but then while I was messing with the settings in other app (calendar maybe?) I clicked on "Fix it" and got a full screen IE, Metro style.
It's just a preview and it's normal that lots of things aren't finished, but it just doesn't look good. At all.
I can't help hoping that this turns out to be a joke, really. Edited 2012-03-01 02:31 UTC
I have same problem. For beta release it's more funny, than silly.
I hope I could use VMPlayer to test it.