Windows 8 comes in two versions – Standard and Pro. Microsoft doesn’t offer a trial version of either of these, but if you are willing to experiment with the new OS first, it does have a 90-day developer edition that anyone can use to evaluate Windows 8 before making the switch.
This evaluation provides a 90-day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available as ISO images in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft.
If you have already tried this new OS using its Consumer or Release preview edition, you can head over to microsoft.com to upgrade your computer to the new Windows 8. Any computer running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 is eligible for the upgrade for a standard fee of 1,999 rupees ($37).
- Add the Good Old Start Menu Button to Windows 8
- Remove Evaluation Copy Desktop Watermark from Windows 8
Do read all the “Things to know before” and guidelines on the download page before you start downloading the Windows 8 trial. Here are some important ones to be noted –
- Upon installation, Windows will prompt you to activate. You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing. A product key is not required for this software.
- Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software.
- The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
- If you fail to activate this evaluation after installation, 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.
Download Windows 8 90-Day Developer Edition