MS Launches Win 8 Consumer Beta, Takes Flight Today

It’s a busy day for downloading around here. What with the release of the Free-to-Play Flight simulator, Microsoft Flight and the consumer beta for Windows 8 is available for download. Should you care about either? Well….read on and I’ll tell you.


Windows 8 Consumer Beta

What you need to know: If you want to get your first taste of Windows 8 (I do!), it’s now available for download RIGHT HERE SO GRAB IT NOW.


According to MS: “Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Consumer Preview and select the right download. Setup also features a compatibility report and upgrade assistance. Built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive are available for some previous versions of Windows (excluding Windows XP and earlier). You can find system requirements and additional information in the FAQ and in the links on this page.


Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.”


It should work on….
Maybe because it’s in high demand right now, but it’s going to take me a little while to download. What I can tell you for the time being are the system requirements:

  • CPU: 1GHz or faster
  • GPU: DirectX 9 or higher
  • HD: 16GB (32-bit); 20GB (64-bit)
  • RAM: 1GB (32-bit); 2GB (64-bit)

Also, a little tip from Jared Newman over at “Access to the Windows Store requires an Internet connection (obviously) and a resolution of at least 1024-by-768. For the ‘snapping’ feature that allows two Metro-style apps to run side-by-side, you need a resolution of 1366-by-768 or higher.”

Microsoft Flight

What you need to know: Players can jump into the cockpit and tool around the Big Island of Hawaii. Free of charge. You can download Microsoft Flight right here. And if you’re like me – rocking a staycation this year – you can get a nice tropical view from your monitor.


According to MS: “…players who sign in to their Games for Windows – LIVE account automatically receive additional free content, including the Boeing Stearman plane, supplementary missions, and access to Achievements and an Online Pilot Profile.”


After that, players can purchase additional content that adds new aircraft, regions and customization options. The frequently released new content for Microsoft Flight includes daily aerocache challenges.


It should work on….
Well, I’ll need to update this part of the story as I’m now downloading Flight. But a safe bet is that it’ll work on just about anything I have laying around. Check out the system requirements: 

Minimum Computer Specs:

Recommended Computer Specs:

  • CPU: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: 256 MB card capable of shader 3.0 (DX 9.0c compliant)
  • HD: 10 GB Hard Drive space
  • OS: Windows XP SP3 or newer
  • RAM: 2.0 GB
  • CPU: Dual Core 3.0 GHz
  • GPU: 1024 MB ATI Radeon HD 5670 or 1024 MB NVidia GeForce 9800 GT or equivalent
  • HD: 30 GB Hard Drive space
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit operating system
  • RAM: 6.0 GB


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have places to fly – and things to download.


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