Best Buy Stocks Store Shelves with Windows 8 PCs Ahead of Launch

Paul Lilly

Much has been made about the Metro makeover Microsoft applied to Windows 8, and there are a number of ways you can see what all the fuss is about. For one, you can read detailed reviews, like the one we posted last month , or you can install the Release Preview , which is still available to download from Microsoft in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Yet another way to experience Windows 8 before it's made available to the general public is to head down to your local Best Buy .

There were reports that some Best Buy stores were already stocking store shelves with Windows 8 PCs from Hewlett-Packard, so I headed down to one that was local to me over the weekend to see for myself. Sure enough, I found a pair of laptops sitting side-by-side, both rocking the touch-friendly OS.

Since Windows 8 doesn't officially release to the masses until October 26, you can't actually take home these PCs, though you can pre-order one if you want. More importantly, if you don't have access to a system where you can install the Release Preview and spend some hands-on time with it, Best Buy's pre-release systems give you a chance to play around with Windows 8 and form your own opinion about the UI.

Depending on which Best Buy you visit, there may be just a couple of Windows 8 PCs on display, or there may be several, including all-in-one systems with touchscreens.

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