Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
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
Will it work in VMware? If so, I might "play" with it...if not I'll wait for the Beta.
Think I got my answer:
>>>The Win8 build they're releasing (the dev preview build) includes the Win8 OS, samples, SDKs, and Visual Studio. You do all of your dev and testing on that machine, either physical (if you install it on a real machine) or virtual (if you install it into a VM). Obviously to do touch testing and such you'd need a touch-capable machine, but the rest could probably be done either in a physical or virtual machine.<<<
ETA: Good thread re this release going on here http://www.eightforums.com/windows-8-news/2221-windows-8-developer-preview-release.html
Edit: Moved topic from General Chat to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
Edited by Grinler, 17 September 2011 - 12:08 PM.