Microsoft released a 90-day trial version of Windows 8 Enterprise to the public for those who are not the TechNet and MSDN subscribers. While it’s awesome that you can have the hands on the final release of the next version of Windows, there are things you should be aware of if you are trying this out seriously.
1. The evaluation edition WILL expire and cannot be upgraded.
2. There is no Product Key required to use this evaluation copy.
3. An activation still must be done. Upon installation, you will have 10 days to finish the activation, and up to 90 days to use the software after the activation. That means, if I understand right, you will have total 100 days to evaluate Windows 8.
Also note that the activation must be completed before August 15, 2013.
4. There is no direct upgrade path from an evaluation version to a non-evaluation after the expiration. A non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed.
5. Be sure to back up your data before installing this evaluation and do it again prior to the 90-day expiration.
6. Evaluating in a Virtual Environment is highly recommended. Both VMware Player and VirtualBox can be your choice of virtualization tool.
7. This evaluation edition is intended for both developers and IT pros, but even if you are neither of them you are free to take advantage of this opportunity to try out Windows 8 before the public.
Clear? Let’s move. You can download both 32-bit and 64-bit of Windows 8 Enterprise 90-Day trial copy from the following links.
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