If you’re keen to try out Windows 8 before it officially hits the shops, your craving can be satiated by turning to the Developer Preview. While this is handy, the process of setting up a dual boot system, configuring a virtual machine, or setting aside a dedicated computer to run the operating system is enough to put most people off -- especially if you haven't read our setup guide.
If you’d prefer not to go to these lengths, Windows 8 Simulator may be just what you have been looking for.
As the name suggests, this is a simulation tool rather than a replacement for your existing operating system, and it can be used without there being any danger of damaging the copy of Windows you work with. Windows 8 Simulator is not even a transformation pack as it run in its own sandboxed window that cannot affect any other part of your system.
Realistically, this is not a tool that will enable you to explore Windows 8 to its fullest extent, but if you are yet to take a look at the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, it provides a quick and easy way to not only see how things are going to look, but also to get hands on so you can test drive how things are going to work.
For Windows 8 virgins, the simulator gives the opportunity to try out the metro interface to see how the new desktop is going to look and feel. Restricted to a small, non-resizable window, the simulator is more a curiosity than a serious preview of Windows 8, but it is interesting nonetheless.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the application by paying a visit to the Windows 8 Simulator review page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk