Microsoft’s much anticipated new operating system got one step closer to launch this past week with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. 

As with our previous post entitled “Set up Windows 8 Developer Preview in 8 Minutes“, you have the ability to set up Windows 8 Consumer preview on top of the Go2Cloud platform. 


Please note that there is a slight variance in the process to set up the Consumer Preview. In order to set up this image, be sure to select the “Self Install” option when setting up your server as follows:


Once making this selection, the “CD” field will allow you to select the Windows 8 Consumer Preview option.


Accessing the newly created environment will follow the same steps detailed in the previous post, but if you feel like you need a refresher:

Use VNC to gain console level access to your machine. The password is available within the control panel and may be updated if you need to. Once the image is configured, RDP access may be used to access the image until the Consumer Preview or your Go2Cloud trial expire.

When completing your install, you will notice that Windows will require a product key. The FAQ site from Microsoft (which you can view here) provides the following information on this:


If you would like to copy and paste this key: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8

We hope that you enjoy Windows 8 Consumer Preview as much as we are! 

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