How to Install Free Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation Version?
Microsoft offers free 90 days evaluation version of the latest Windows 8.1 through their TechNet evaluation center. Though it is meant for IT professionals trying out for their organization before recommend to buy, it is free to download for everyone.
If you still use any older versions, especially Windows XP which Microsoft officially stops support from April 2014, it is a good idea to try out the latest Windows 8.1 version for free before deciding to go for Mac or a PC. Below are the steps involved in installing Windows 8.1:
Important Points to Remember
- This is an evaluation version which will be expired after 90 days from the installation.
- After 90 days of evaluation period the desktop will turn into black background, you will be prompted with a notification indicating the version is not genuine and your system automatically shutdown every one hour.
- There is no separate activation key required for this installation and you just need to click on the activate link. The last day of activating this trial version is 31 October 2014.
- Most importantly, it is not possible to upgrade free evaluation version to a paid Windows 8.1 version. You need to install it from the scratch which means you need to install all softwares and drivers again. Hence, it is recommended to use trail version only for short term testing purpose and if you are planning to use for complete three months it will be difficult to trace all the data over the period of time.