Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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bassbeast
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Be advised Werecatf that the "faster boot" is an ugly hack that could cause problems down the line. The way it works is it does NOT actually do a clean boot but instead loads the kernel and userland in a hibernate file at the front of the drive and from what I've seen unless you pull the plug or battery it doesn't do a full RAM flush either, but instead does more of a hybrid sleep kinda thing.

Its a pretty ugly looking hack and if your OS gets flaky it'll be that much harder to get a true clean boot. No telling what those extra I/Os are gonna do as far as wear and tear if you go SSD either. That said at $40 I'll pick up a copy of Pro just in the off chance I run into a program that requires Win 8 for some reason but I'm advising my customers that they'd be better off picking up one of the Win 7 Family Packs where you get 7 HP for $40 a copy for 3 installs and then if they need XP Mode simply use Virtualbox.

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