I know this is super short notice, but I did want to let everyone know that I have some Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Installfests and Boot 2 VHD Events that I will be hosting in my territory (Phoenix / Tempe, Irvine, Los Angeles and Denver) over the course of the next 30 days (with a few more to come after that).

With the recent RTM of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, I am hearing a lot of interest from people who really want to start kicking the tires of these two new flagship products from Microsoft.  If you are interested in getting an evaluation version of Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 installed onto you machine to start playing with, I can help you.  Since the actual RTM bits are not quite available yet, I will have bootable thumb drives with Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.  In addition, I will also provide VHD files that have Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate and Windows 8 Release Preview preinstalled so that we can configure your machine with Boot to VHD (no repartitioning required and keeps your existing OS intact).

The System Requirements for your computer are:

  • Have Windows 7 or higher installed
  • No drive encryption enabled (e.g. bitlocker, etc.)
  • 30 GB free disk space on hard drive (60 GB Preferred)

If you would like to grab the files prior to arriving at the event, I have put the preinstalled VHDs here: http://aka.ms/hwitcampfiles.  Please download the ISO images here: http://aka.ms/hwws2012 and http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download.

Friday: August 10, 2012 InstallFest Denver, CO Registration
Friday: August 10, 2012 Boot 2 VHD Denver, CO Registration
Friday: August 17, 2012 Installfest Irvine, CA Registration
Friday: August 17, 2012 Boot 2 VHD Irvine, CA Registration
Monday: August 27, 2012 Installfest Tempe, AZ Registration
Monday: August 27, 2012 Boot 2 VHD Tempe, AZ Registration
Friday: September 7, 2012 Installfest Tempe, AZ Registration
Friday: September 7, 2012 Boot 2 VHD Tempe, AZ Registration
Friday: September 14, 2012 Installfest Los Angeles, CA Registration
Friday: September 14, 2012 Boot 2 VHD Los Angeles, CA Registration
Wednesday: September 19, 2012 Installfest Irvine, CA Registration
Tuesday: September 25, 2012 Installfest San Diego, CA Registration
Tuesday: October 9, 2012 Installfest Denver, CO Registration

Harold Wong