Windows 8

Slideshow: Install Windows 8 Enterprise for a free evaluation

Sign into your Microsoft account

As soon as you click one of the buttons, you'll see a page like the one shown and will be prompted to sign in with your Microsoft account. In my case I was already signed in to Windows Live Messenger and so my email address was already included on the page and I just had to enter my password. (Keep in mind the screenshot shows a fake email address.)

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I have no need for Win8 Enterprise, though I'll move from Win7 to Win8 eventually. Is there anything in Evaluation version of Win8 Enterprise that's not in Win8 Standard or Win8 Pro that I could tuck away to use when I get Standard or Pro?


"Furthermore, there is no way to upgrade from the evaluation to a real Windows 8 version. Your only option is to trash the installation." Yikes

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz messages in Mission Impossible, the evaluation is locked down and will self destruct in 90 days. ;-)