Can I try windows 8 free before buying?

I am not sure I will like the new windows, so I would like to down load, install and try it  for a month or so before I register So can I down load and purchase later? I f I do not like it can I uninstall and have windows 7 back as it is now?

 

Dan

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There are online sources for the Windows 8 Release Preview.  There is no trial version of the final.  Search on "Windows 8 trial".  You can then upgrade to the final from within the RP when you are ready to do so, but before Jan 31st.
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Uninstall it? No, but you can and should ensure that you either have a system image backed up or manufacturer recovery disks if you decide to return to Windows 7..
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You can download the Windows 8 Enterprise 90 day trial and evalulate Windows 8:

If you want to evaluate the final version of Windows 8, you can download a copy of Enterprise edition which includes all the features and capabilities Windows 8 has to offer.

This evaluation provides a 90-day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available as ISO images in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services. Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software.

The terms are straight forward, you have 90 days to try out the product and your applications, afterwards, you must purchase a license as the trial is not extendable. Microsoft states:

Things to Know Before You Start
  • The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
  • To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media.
  • Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.
  • During registration (required) you must login with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address and country.
  • You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.
  • Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.
Activation and Usage Guidelines
  • Back up your files and settings before installing this evaluation and again prior to the 90-day expiration.
  • Upon installation, you will have 10 days to activate this evaluation online. Windows will prompt you to activate. A product key is not required for this software.
  • You must complete activation before August 15, 2013, to use this evaluation.
  • Once you activate, you have up to 90 days to use the software. You can track the amount of time you have left by referring to the "watermark" in the lower right corner of the Windows desktop.
  • If you fail to activate this evaluation within the 10-day grace period, or if your evaluation period expires, the desktop background will turn black, you will see a persistent desktop notification indicating that the system is not genuine, and the PC will shut down every hour losing unsaved work.
  • Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8. A clean installation is required.

So, if you agree to these terms and are willing to try out Windows 8 for 90 days for development and evaluation purposes, you can download Windows 8 right now. But, read the fine print carefully, you will not be able to upgrade this install after the expiration of the trial is over and will have to do a clean-install of Windows post trial.

Download: Windows 8 32bit | Windows 8 64bit

 

See steps to take before installing the trial:

Notes:

  • Gather all important application discs and hardware driver discs you might need to be reinstalled.
  • Check the manufacturer and software developers website for updates available and to find out about the status of compatibility with Windows 8. It is possible that if the software is compatible with Windows Vista it will likely work with Windows 8 since they share the same driver model.
  • If you are using software such as iTunes or Adobe programs, remember to deauthorize and deactivate them before running setup.

When making significant changes to your computer such as an upgrade, it is always recommended you backup your system prior to installing a new version of Windows. Thankfully, all editions of Windows 7 includes system imaging, which means you can backup your entire Windows 7 installation and restore it if it fails. Learn more about how to backup your Window 7 installation here

In addition to System Imaging, you can backup just your personal files using Backup and Restore, to do that, check out the following article:

http://notebooks.com/2010/12/27/how-to-backup-to-an-external-hard-drive/
http://notebooks.com/2011/02/25/how-to-restore-a-backup-from-an-external-hard-drive-in-windows-7/

Best,
Andre
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MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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