Windows 8 Final has just been released on MSDN and TechNet. It is only available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. If you are not a subscriber then you’ll not be able to download Windows 8 Final version until it is leaked somewhere on the Internet through torrents or file sharing sites. But the good news is that Microsoft has already made Windows 8 Enterprise edition trial available for download.
Windows 8 Enterprise Edition is the most complete version of Windows 8. You’ll have every feature of Windows 8 available in the Enterprise edition. If you are unsure, you can see the difference between Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day trial is available for download from Microsoft servers. The 90 day trial should be activated within 10 days of installation otherwise the PC will shutdown after every hour. The current trial version is available for one year until August 13th, 2013 after which it will be replaced with a new setup for download.
One thing to note here is that this 90 day trial version is only for testing purposes. If you buy Windows 8 Enterprise, you will not be able to upgrade the trial version to full version. You will need to reinstall the new Windows 8 Enterprise with the new product key. Here’s what Microsoft says about this:
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.
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.
The best way to use this trial version is to install it in a virtual environment on a virtual machine instead of the physical machine for testing.
You may also be able to use the rearm feature to extend the Windows 8 Enterprise trial up to 180 days.