Windows 8 Enterprise trial installation

How to use the Windows 8 Enterprise Trial installation Disc.

As of August 2012, Microsoft released a trial installation version of Windows 8 Enterprise as a free download.


The trial software can be used for up to 90 days - and cannot be used after August 2012, so it is ideal for trying Windows 8 on a new system to get a feel for the latest version of Windows - and to assess if Windows 8 is "right" for you - or if you would prefer to stay with Windows 7 until Windows 8 is more proven.


The download is around 3.25GB for the 64 bit version (which we recommend) and is an .ISO image of the installation media.

The .ISO image may be written to a physical DVD using software such as CDBurnerXP or ImgBurn - or it can be used to install a Virtual machine using virtualisation software such as VirtualBox or Hyper-V.


NOTE! - The trial software cannot be uninstalled, DO NOT install or use on a live "production" PC that is required for day to day use.  Use either a blank test system - or a virtual machine - so it can be wiped and re-formatted when required.