How to download free Windows 8.1 and 10 for a 90-day formal review
The new Windows 10, most likely, will completely destroy the chances of the release of its predecessor Windows 8.1 to gain at least some popularity among the user audience. The heiress was originally a failed version of Windows 8 failed to achieve even half the success of Windows 7, which even after the new version 10 a strong leader in the market of operating systems for computers. However, Windows 8.1 has its own, albeit small audience that the idea of the Metro interface came in the spirit, and these users, while Microsoft worked hard on the creation of Windows 10 have already got used to the arrangement version 8.1.
Windows 8.1 in many respects loses to the new Windows 10, and perhaps very soon, the first is waiting for the fate of Vista – failed predecessor, «seven», however, became her base. A matter of Windows 8.1, a true enthusiast in the computer business should be familiar with it. And to see how Windows 8.1 and the most current to date operating system from Microsoft — Windows 10 — is available for free. Also honestly, without violating the copyrights of the company. Distribution the evaluation version of Windows 8.1 and 10, in edition «Corporate» anyone who has a Microsoft account can free download at the TechNet evaluation Center.
On the download page of Windows 8.1 you need to choose the bitness of the system and click «get started now».
In the case of Windows 10, the choice of bits will need to do later, just before downloading. After login with your Microsoft account go to page download distribution trial versions of Windows 8.1 and 10. To download them free, first you need to fill out a short form, where, in particular, in the case of Windows 10 to determine the bitness of the system.
The process of downloading the ISO file run the «Continue» button at the very bottom of the page.
What is the difference between the evaluation version of Windows 8.1, and 10 from a normal license?
When you install an evaluation Windows 8.1 and 10 do not need to enter the product key and activate the system. The system will be installed on a computer that already has the key and activated. In the lower right corner of the screen will be placed the watermark with the countdown days free use.
Towards the end of the 90-day period when the computer system will issue a notification stating that the terms of your Windows license will expire soon.
And what will happen after the 90 day free period runs out?
When the 90-day deadline to use Windows 8.1 expires, the activation can not be extended, replacing the product key. Moreover, to extend the activation can not be any other legal way. Windows will have to reinstall. But this does not mean that on the 91st day, the system will not boot. It will be also workable, just with a black desktop background. Much more discomfort will be limited while working expired Windows every hour, the computer will spontaneously shut off.
In this respect, the evaluation version of Windows 8.1 is significantly inferior to the same evaluation version of Windows 10, which after three months of free use can be easily activated by purchasing a product key.
Trial have Windows 8.1 and 10, there is one caveat – choose the language when downloading the distribution, you will not find among the available options Russian. Russian localization package is being implemented after the system is installed on the computer. For the process of installation, you can choose English.
In the beginning to install a trial of Windows 8.1 and 10 it is better to determine your Russian keyboard layout and the desired region.
After system installation the first step is to install and configure the package in Russian localization. This is done in the settings of the Metro interface in Windows 8.1 and 10, and in the control panel. To get in the last you can use the context menu on the «start»button.
To install in Windows 8.1 and 10 additional languages and settings the right section «Add a language».
Near the Russian-language press «Options».
Then run the download and install language pack.
Upon completion of the installation close the installation window.
Installed a new language you must designate for the system. Returning to the section of the language settings, click «Advanced settings».
In the left column to select the Russian language and click «Save».
Then you will be prompted to log out.
Entering it again will see Russian interface. However, to work with Russian will not all applications. If necessary, you can delete them and then install their Russian counterparts from the Windows store.