Microsoft has released Windows 8 RTM or the final version to Technet and MSDN subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can still get your hands on the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise edition which is valid for 90 days.
In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services within 10 days of installation.
Failure to do so will result in the desktop background turning black and you will see a persistent desktop notification indicating that the system is not genuine. The PC will shut down every hour losing unsaved work.
System Requirements for Windows 8
Windows 8 works on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 20 GB
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
No product key is required for the evaluation version. 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.
Once the edition expires, after 90 days, 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.
The Windows 8 Enterprise edition is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in multiple languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
Select the Version You Want to Download
- Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation Copy 32 Bit
- Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation Copy 64 Bit
All downloads are provided as ISO images. The Windows 8 Enterprise Trial will be available for download until August 15, 2013.