|Written by Daryl J.|
How to Prepare For Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Microsoft has Windows 8 Consumer Preview in release at the moment and it is expected that Windows 8 should be released in October. If you wish to check Windows 8 by installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (release candidate) you should make some preparations as the Windows 8 consumer Preview is a non-reversible upgrade to the Windows operating system.
With this in mind you should first make a backup of your system. Making backups of your computer should be a regular task performed with the frequency depending on the importance of what is on your computer. However, anytime there is a major change to the computer system, there should be a backup made first. In this case, were the release candidate is a non-reversible upgrade, the system should definitely have a backup performed before the upgrade is performed.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview performs a system check to determine if there are any programs which are installed under the current operating system, but is not compatible with the new operating system. You should make note of these programs, if any, so that they can be replaced once the installation is complete.
Provide a little more than the required space to upgrade the release candidate. Windows 8 Consumer Preview requires 20G of available in order to install the upgrade. Providing 30G would be a way of ensuring that there is definitely enough operating space.
Once these tasks have been accomplished, you are ready to install the release candidate. Once installed you should take notes while using Windows 8 Consumer Preview. After a set trial period, those notes should help you decide whether Windows 8 is the right operating system for you.
Note: More than anything you do backups should be made before any major change to the system. I once was trying a new operating system and felt that I did not have to backup my system. After the operating system crashed on me, it took me one and an half days to save just have the data, programs, multimedia files I had on my computer. I suffered and waste of time compared to restoring my system with backups and lost half the files on my system that should have been recoverable with a backup.