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As of the 1st of April 2013 (and no, this is not an April Fool prank) the Emacs Windows FAQ states that

Emacs 23.3 is known to run on all versions of Windows from Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 through to Vista.

Are there any approved Emacs installers (i.e. not self-build) tried and tested on Windows 8?

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If it works on Windows Vista then it already works on Windows 8. As for the reason Windows 7 or Windows 8 is not listed its because nobody bothered to update the FAQ. – Ramhound Apr 1 '13 at 15:46
Thanks Ramhound – dumbledad Apr 1 '13 at 16:37
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There are native Windows builds of FSF Emacs at (e.g., Just extract the ZIP file wherever you prefer, and create a shortcut to bin\runemacs.exe.

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You're looking for EmacsW32. While I tend to prefer running Emacs under Cygwin, I have used the EmacsW32 install in the past, and it worked well enough.

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