When the Windows 8 developer preview released last year I had ordered the Acer Iconia so that I could really experience what Windows 8 brings to the table so the consumer preview is going to be even better. Much like the last time, the install took me roughly 15 minutes, which is awesome, and the booth time is between 13 to 15 seconds. Since this version of Windows 8 is more functional, I will have a follow some follow up posts with talking more about the overall usage.
Here are the Pictures of the Windows 8 consumer preview on the Acer Iconia.
I used the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, which I think is the best way to do the install, and after plugging the USB key in I had to hit F2 to change the boot order. Once I selected the USB Drive as the primary boot, I hit F10 to save and exit. Finally, Windows 8 began to load.
Here is the new digital fish symbol that you see when the install is loading.
Here is the first screen that comes up where you just have to select what language you want.
After the language is selected it is time to hit the install button
Putting in the Key and accepting you your license.
At this point it is time to choose the type of install and I went with the custom install so I could delete the old Windows 8 version that was on there.
After deleting the partition it was time to install the Consumer Preview. The installer started copying the files.
The copying part took about 13 minutes and after that the install took about 2 more minutes.
Finally, one last reboot before the initial configuration.
I missed the next screen which just gave you an over view of the next screens you are about to see so first up was background color and PC name on the Personalize screen.
Next up was getting on the wireless network which you don’t have to but it helps you with logging into your Windows Live Account.
Now it is time to run through the settings you can choose to go through the express setup but I like to poke around.
First step is to turn on or off sharing on the network so other PC’s can see this machine
Now it is time for automatic updating
Next up is deciding if you want to help Microsoft improve Windows and check online for solutions to problems.
Here begins some of the cool Windows 8 features where you can log into your Microsoft Account which is formally your Windows Live ID.
Once you authenticate your Microsoft Account, you can enter your mobile phone number as a way to reset your password in case of emergency.
Finally, your account shows up and Windows 8 loads.
The whole install took about 14 minutes and was smooth as silk. If you are looking for an affordable tablet to get on the Windows 8 wave early checkout the Acer Iconia from Amazon.