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Microsoft preparing for Windows 8 beta with private install fair?

Microsoft is sending private invitations to selected users to participate in a Windows Developer Preview install fair. The program will take place on October 8th and October 9th.

A recent thread on BetaArchive is suggesting that Microsoft is sending out Private invitations to selected users to participate in a Windows Developer Preview install fair on October 8th and 9th.

The invitation says:
“Help the Windows team prepare for beta by signing up for the Windows Developer Preview Install Fair

Sign-up to be a part of our virtual install fair. We’d really appreciate your help and for two days only – Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th – Microsoft will have engineers available to chat with you live about your installation experience. From determining if your PC can run the Windows Developer Preview and downloading all the way through your installation, engineers will be available to answer your questions and troubleshoot any errors you may encounter.

How does the virtual install fair work?
On the day of the event, log-on to our website from the computer on which you intend to install the Windows Developer Preview and follow our instructions. During the process Windows engineers will be available to chat with you in real-time and answer your questions. Or should you encounter any issues, we will be available to debug and troubleshoot. Or if you simply want to provide us feedback about what you like and dislike during the installation, we’re here for that as well.

A couple of things to keep in mind when deciding to participate.
Remember, the Windows Developer Preview is just that – a preview, pre-beta release. If you are not comfortable with installing Windows and working with pre-release software than this event is not for you. The Windows Developer Preview is not intended to be installed in a production environment and if you intend to install it on your primary PC please keep in mind that there is no way to uninstall it. In order to go back to a previous version of Windows you must have restore or installation media.

Once you are OK with that, you’ll need to make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements. The Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7, including:

· 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
· 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
· 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
· DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
· Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
· To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater

If you are already registered on Connect, another option to accept or decline your invitation is to accessMy Dashboard and click onMy Pending Actions in the upper right corner. Accept and decline links will be available in the display.

If you do not see My Pending Actions, then you are not signing in with the Windows LiveID associated to the Connect account which has this invitation.

After accepting the invitation you may be asked to take a survey or submit further information. In some cases your status could be set to Pending in which case the product team will contact you only if you are chosen for participation. To report a problem, visit the help page.

If you are not interested in participating you need to take no action.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Program Administrator”

Does this mean Microsoft is preparing for a Windows 8 beta? Just a few weeks ago, rumours appeared that Microsoft were planning to release a beta on September 30th, but problems resulted them in delaying it.

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