Can I download free Windows 8 copy for testing

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Microsoft has released next version of Windows operating system in the form of Windows 8. Besides all the goodness of Windows 7 operating system, it includes all new metro (tiled) interface specially designed for touch based tablet devices. Windows users will feel home using desktop interface and for sure like the new look touch based user interface of Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has made it easy for users to test drive this new operating system and even offering special upgrade options at discounted prices.

Downloading Windows 8 software copy for free

1. Open microsoft’s msdn website to grab free evaluation copy of Windows 8 operating system. Scroll down to bottom of the page to see links to download either 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows 8 operating system (32 bit version should work fine in majority of cases). Check Windows 8 system requirements befor download and install.

2. Size of download file is big, make sure you have high speed internet connection for downloading Windows 8 setup file. Once the ISO file is download, burn it on a DVD and then use it for installing Windows 8 on your computer.

3. This is a 90 days evaluation version. It means, you can download and use it free for next 90 days. Within those 90 days you have option to buy license key and activate your Windows 8 copy. Once evaluation copy expires, you cannot activate it and have to perform clean re-install.

Upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99

If you have made up your mind on upgrading to new Windows 8 operating system then there is no need to download evaluation copy as explained above. You can simply upgrade your existing Windows software to Windows 8 version. Also, you may have questions – if my existing software programs and devices work on Windows 8 operating system

1. Open Windows website and click Download and shop option at the top. Then scroll down and click “Buy Windows 8” button next to “Get your hands on Windows 8” section.

2. You can buy Windows 8 upgrade at special price of $39.99 for limited time period (till January 31, 2013). While $39.99 option allows you to download Windows 8 upgrade through internet, you also have option to pay $69.99 for media DVD containing Windows 8 upgrade shipped to your place.

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