Microsoft has released a 90-day trial edition for its final version of Windows 8 operating system, which is slated to go on sale on October 26 this year.
The trial, however, is available only for the Enterprise edition of Windows 8 and is aimed at developers who intend to build apps, and IT administrators who want to try out the new OS before making their decision to migrate, all ahead of its official debut. Microsoft recently released final version of Windows 8 to MSDN and Technet subscribers.
The Windows 8 Enterprise trial edition is available in 32 and 64 bits versions.
To download the operating system, users need to have a subscription to Windows Live. Also, users need to have a 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 20GB of hard disk space as minimum setup requirement. A number of trial ISO images are also provided for a variety of languages in x86 (32bit) and x64 (64bit)versions.
The Enterprise edition comes with all the features of Windows 8 Pro and is more business-focused. It has options such as Windows To Go (which allows Windows 8 installation from a USB key).
Follow these pointers, if you want to download the trial pack:
- 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. (This 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.