Friday 1 June 2012

Windows 8 - Free Trial

Microsoft are offering Window's users the opportunity to download a pre-release version of their new Windows 8 operating system.

This new version of Windows is said to be the most revolutionary since Microsoft released Windows 95, some 17 years ago (is it really that long?), and they are keen to encourage people to buy into the new operating system.

This trial version is officially called the ‘Release Preview’ and can be downloaded from this link. As expected there are 64 and 32 bit versions as well as the option to download an ISO version to write to either a DVD or USB stick.

However, Microsoft are keen to stress that this is not the finished version and that there are some bugs which have yet to be ironed out. Users downloading the trial should make sure that they do not use it as their primary operating system and should always backup all of their important data before performing the upgrade to the Release Preview.

Microsoft goes on to say “Windows 8 Release Preview is stable and has been thoroughly tested, but it's not the finished product. Your PC could crash and you could lose important files. You should back up your data and you shouldn't test Windows 8 Release Preview on your primary home or business PC."

Users should also be aware that this trial version will expire before the finished version is made publically available so the only way to continue using the operating system is to purchase it. That said, no prices or an official release date have been announced as yet.

Here is a video which shows you what to expect from Windows 8

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