Windows 8 RTM – free 90 day trial

In case you have been living under a rock, surely you must have read about Windows 8. It was released to manufacturing around 15 days ago and is now available for MSDN/TechNet subscribers. In case you don't have a subscription, you can download and evaluate the free Windows 8 Enterprise Edition for 3 months. Microsoft has released an absolutely free 90-day trial version of Windows 8 RTM to the public. It is a good opportunity to try the brand new OS if you were unable to test it early on.

Here is something you have to know:

System requirements for Windows 8

  1. Processor: minimum 1 GHz with NX/XD bit support.
    NX stands for No eXecute and is a technology used in processors to prevent execution of certain types of code. NX was originally invented by AMD. XD stands for eXecute Disable, the same thing developed by Intel.
  2. RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  3. Hard disk space: minimum 20GB
  4. Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver at least
  5. Display: Minimum 1024×768 screen resolution

There is not much difference between the RTM build and the Release Preview of Windows 8. I have noticed a new theme, Start screen backgrounds, new lock screen images, wallpapers and a crippled Desktop Window Manager with disabled Glass. And maybe, RTM includes bug fixes and performance improvements.

How to obtain your free trial copy of Windows 8

You need a “Microsoft Account”, formerly known as “Live ID”. Use the following links to sign in and download:

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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