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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No upgrades
by jessesmith on Thu 16th Aug 2012 11:40 UTC
jessesmith
Member since:
2010-03-11

>> "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."

One of the first bullet points on the page linked to in the summary says "The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded." Seems pretty clear. If you run the evaluation provided and you decide to purchase Win8 later, you'll have to perform a fresh install.

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RE: No upgrades
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 16th Aug 2012 11:43 in reply to "No upgrades"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, but it's followed by: "To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media."

...which made me think of the original installation media - which, at this point, is Windows 7.

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RE[2]: No upgrades
by MOS6510 on Thu 16th Aug 2012 12:09 in reply to "RE: No upgrades"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Unless you buy a original Windows 8 medium I guess.

Still, it's a bit weird the mighty Microsoft can't code something that allows you to turn a time limited demo in to a full product, because well, it already is a full product with a timer.

My guess is the timer is made so hacker proof that it just can't be removed/deactivated without blowing up the computer.

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RE[2]: No upgrades
by jessesmith on Thu 16th Aug 2012 19:12 in reply to "RE: No upgrades"
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

I'm fairly certain "original" in this case means unique, not previous.

I find it interesting MS claims Windows 8 will run on any hardware which supports 7. My hardware came with 7 pre-installed and Win8 won't boot on it.

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RE[2]: No upgrades
by bassbeast on Thu 16th Aug 2012 21:13 in reply to "RE: No upgrades"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

It'll still have to be wiped as Win 7 won't be able to upgrade and keep the Win 8 apps. Its not really surprising as frankly the few times I've seen an upgrade from Vista to 7 tried it ended up a flaky mess so it'd probably be better to just clean install it anyway.

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