Today, Microsoft has made Windows 8 RTM available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This means , The Developers and IT Professional with their respective MSDN and TechNet subscription can download and start using Windows 8 before its Public release on 26th October.
If you are not an MSDN or TechNet Subscriber, you can still download the Windows 8 Enterprise 90 – day Evolution version for free to test and build Windows 8 Apps on the final version of Windows 8.
Things to Know Before You Start
- The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
- To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media.
- Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.
- During registration (required) you must login with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address and country.
- You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.
- Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.