Yesterday as promised Microsoft released the Windows 8 RTM for the TechNet and MSDN subscribers,so those who are having a TechNet or MSDN account can straight away download the Windows 8,Windows 8 Pro or the Enterprise Edition.
But if you don’t have any of the accounts and want to try out the latest offering from Microsoft,its your lucky day! Microsoft has released an evaluation version of Windows 8 Enterprise Edition(both 32bit and 64 bit versions) for the users.The evaluation version will be valid for 90 days,after which the users will have to separately buy the full version and to a clean install since the Evaluation version is not upgradable.
Here are some of the things to know before downloading the evaluation version of Windows 8,
Things to Know Before You Start
- The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
- To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media.
- Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.
- During registration (required) you must login with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address and country.
- You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.
- Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.
Activation and Usage Guidelines
- Back up your files and settings before installing this evaluation and again prior to the 90-day expiration.
- Upon installation, you will have 10 days to activate this evaluation online. Windows will prompt you to activate. A product key is not required for this software.
- You must complete activation before August 15, 2013, to use this evaluation.
- Once you activate, you have up to 90 days to use the software. You can track the amount of time you have left by referring to the “watermark” in the lower right corner of the Windows desktop.
- If you fail to activate this evaluation within the 10-day grace period, or if your evaluation period expires, the desktop background will turn black, you will see a persistent desktop notification indicating that the system is not genuine, and the PC will shut down every hour losing unsaved work.
- Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8. A clean installation is required.
So if you are going to install the Eval version it is highly recommended that you install it in a Virtual Environment or do a clean install on a separate drive,so that you can retain your existing version of Windows.