Sometimes I wish MS would not do a wholesale release of a beta like this. There are a ton of people downloading Win 8 CP and trying to load it into VMs or Dual Boots that have no idea what they are doing, and they are destroying their host or primary OS without creating an Image first. There are a couple more stories in the Step By Step Instructions posted by Fred Langa of people doing this.
For those of you contemplating trying this, PLEASE, read about Imaging FIRST!!!
That way WHEN, not IF but WHEN you screw up you will be able to restore prior to your next attempt. I know this is a learning process. But PLEASE take baby steps and the first step is to CREATE AN IMAGE!!!
Many people in this forum and elsewhere think that Win 8 CP is a fully released OS that they should upgrade their present OS to. It is absolutely crazy to destroy your present activated legal OS to install a beta OS that is not even fully functional yet. Yes, Win 8 CP is quite impressive and seems rock solid, but there are MANY features still missing that work in your present OS!!!!
This just ain't so folks!! Please do not upgrade your present OS!!
Win 8 CP is a time limited beta OS that has been released by MS to allow consumers to preview (hence the name Consumer's Preview) and to allow feedback to MS on problems or recommended additional features. This OS will deactivate sometime in shortly after October when Win 8 RTM (Release To Manufacturing) is released. The RTM is the Gold Standard fully functional release of Win 8. This is the OS that MS will be selling. This is the OS that will most likely have various versions.