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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Version Now Available to Try

February 29th, 2012 · 8 Comments · General 3D News

Today Microsoft has officially released Windows 8 Consumer Preview version of their multi-platform upcoming operating system that will be able to work not only on traditional x86-based platforms, but also on mobile devices. Have in mind that this is a pre-release operating system or something like a beta software and you may have issues with it should you decide to try it out, do not try replacing your current operating system with this one, you have to install it separately just to test it out and not over your existing Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. There may be some issues with no drivers available for some of your hardware, although drivers from Windows 7 might also work, the same goes for the video drivers as well, although the new Windows 8 will have a new driver model that will be required to support all the new features, including native stereoscopic 3D support.

Currently Nvidia has not yet made available any beta drivers intended to be used with the just released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, what they recommend however is to install the R295.73 display drivers for Windows 7/Windows Vista on Windows 8, they should work, but again you may not get all the features available with them. On the other hand AMD has just released AMD Catalyst Drivers for Windows 8 Consumer Preview that you can download and install. And although these beta drivers from AMD are supposed to offer Full WDDM 1.2 support, including the native stereo 3D support, they are not compatible with the latest generation of AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series video cards, but only with the older models.

Feel free to download and try the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview version and to report how well it works for you and on what hardware, and also if you’ve tried playing in stereo 3D mode on your stereoscopic 3D-capable system. I’m already downloading it and am eager to check out the Native Stereo 3D support with the AMD Catalyst Driver 8.93.7 RC10 while waiting fro Nvidia to have a WDDM 1.2 beta driver released to also try it out.

To download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview as an ISO image for burning on DVD…

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Earmack // Mar 1, 2012 at 01:45

    Plz let us khow how works NEW win 8 native 3d . What need to works wtih that?
    Ehat games starts?
    Do we need DDD/IZ3D drivers for activated or it;s just we can START every game without ddd/iz3d drivers?
    Plz let us khow=)

  • 2 kingsmeadow // Mar 1, 2012 at 12:20

    I have been running Windows 8 for about 6 months ! 3D is hit and miss so far, mainly because of the drivers issue, hopefully Nvidia will release a proper one soon

  • 3 kingsmeadow // Mar 1, 2012 at 12:28

    295.73 does not install on my system, will try another one

  • 4 Greg Gilbert // Mar 1, 2012 at 15:35

    It’s weird I can’t find all those betas of Windows 8 on usenet or torrents. Is Microsoft doing a better job at keeping the beta to it’s select group of users?

  • 5 Bloody // Mar 1, 2012 at 16:38

    This is a consumer preview version, it is freely available, just follow the link posted above to get the ISO image from Microsoft’s website…

  • 6 Earmack // Mar 1, 2012 at 19:21

    HOW works native 3D in wnd 8 cp? Like example can i run Stalker or Skyrim WITHOUT ddd/iz3d/3d vision/3dtvplay IN 3D?

  • 7 Bloody // Mar 1, 2012 at 20:18

    Read this on more details what will the native stereo 3D support in Windows 8 actually offer… http://3dvision-blog.com/6156-about-the-stereoscopic-3d-support-in-the-upcoming-windows-8-os/

    It is intended for games that support some sort of stereo 3D output already, it will not replace middle-ware solutions that actually convert plain 3D games into stereoscopic 3D ones as the OS itself will not be converting the games to stereo 3D.

  • 8 Greg Gilbert // Mar 2, 2012 at 00:12

    I was refering to the internal betas. In the past you could find every internal beta ever done on usenet or torrent sites. My fast searched turn out nothing despite there being months of internal betas.

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