After releasing Windows 8 RTM to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, Microsoft has now released 90-day trial copy of Windows 8 Enterprise edition (available in 32-bit & 64-bit) to help developers build and test apps on the final version of Windows 8.
Windows 8 Enterprise edition is intended for developers and IT professionals but Windows enthusiasts who don’t have MSDN or TechNet subscription and want to evaluate the final version can also download this trial copy from Microsoft to explore the new features and enhancements.
The Enterprise edition of Windows 8 includes all the feature present in Windows 8 Pro edition and also includes the much talked Windows To Go feature. With Windows To Go, one can install Windows 8 on a USB flash drive (32 GB and more), and the run Windows 8 directly from USB, just like portable apps.
If you haven’t tested Windows 8 Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, or Release Preview, and this is the first time you’re installing Windows 8 on your PC, make sure that your PC meets the following minimum system requirements:
# Processor: 1 GHz or faster
# RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit and 2 GB for 64-bit
# Hard disk space: 20 GB
# Graphics card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Also note that the screen resolution must be 1024 x768 or higher to be able to open Windows Store, install apps from the Store and also run default apps. To use the snap feature, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Please note that the evaluation edition will expire and can’t be upgraded. That is, if you want to upgrade, you need to uninstall this Windows 8 copy and then you need to install the non-evaluation copy. You need to activate your evaluation copy online within 10 days after installing and once you activate, you will have up to 90 days to evaluate the newest version of Windows.
You will need to login with a Microsoft account to download this evaluation copy. In addition to English, Windows 8 Enterprise trial copy is also available in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, French, German, and Spanish.
If you want to test drive Windows 8 on a virtual machine, don’t forget to check out our how to install Windows 8 on VirtualBox, install Windows 8 on VHD, and also how to install Windows 8 on VMware virtual machine guides.