Slideshow: Install Windows 8 Enterprise for a free evaluation

Evaluation license expires on 12/17/2012

Installing the evaluation version

Once the DVD is ready, you can install the Windows 8 Enterprise evaluation. For the best possible experience while you use the evaluation and for ease of disposal once the 90 days are up, I recommend that you install Windows 8 Enterprise to a VHD and use it in a dual-boot configuration as I showed you in the article titled Dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 using a VHD.

For my example installation, I used the Native VHD Boot feature in Windows 7 Home Premium system. I created VHD and then installed Windows 8 Enterprise evaluation onto the VHD. As soon as the installation was complete, I had a dual-boot system on which I can now experiment with Windows 8 Enterprise.

While the instructions on the MSDN Evaluation Center mention that you are required to activate the product within 10 days after installing, I discovered that my copy was already activated when I accessed the Windows Activation page in the Action Center.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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