Windows 8

Slideshow: Install Windows 8 Enterprise for a free evaluation

The download can take several hours to complete

As soon as you click Save, you'll see the Download Manager window and the actual download of the ISO file will begin. Keep in mind that the download can take quite a bit of time to complete. For example, I chose to download the 64-bit version which is a 3.25GB file and it took a little over four hours to download. This screenshot shows the download at 70% - about three hours into the download.

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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. ;-)