Microsoft's Windows 8 beta is nowOfficially called the Consumer Preview, the , which means that it's time to figure out how to install it. Windows 8 beta is actually quite simple to install. There are some requirements, though. Most Windows 7 computers ought to be able to handle Windows 8. You'll want to have:
Download the proper ISO for your system. If you're on XP, you'll have to use a separate program to convert the ISO to an installer. Most DVD burners include this. For Vista and Windows 7 users, you can use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool from the Microsoft Store. (To get the tool, scroll halfway down the page to the link.) Download the program, run it, and point it towards the Windows 8 ISO source file you just downloaded. Then choose USB Device or DVD as appropriate, insert the USB key or DVD, and begin copying. Love it or hate it, you know you want to see Windows 8 for yourself.