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How to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Trial right now

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/10/17/download-windows-8-1-enterprise-trial-right-now/?_m=3n%2e003a%2e154%2evh0ao03kwj%2e5n3

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You have probably already noticed that Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 update a bit early today. All Windows 8 users can install the upgrade by visiting the built-in store of the operating system. That’s very convenient, even though it is not that different from distributing the update via Windows Update.

Installation via the store is just one of the options to upgrade to Windows 8.1. It is likely that Microsoft will make available ISO images of the operating system as well, but those are not yet available.

But what if you want to test the new version of Windows first before you make the plunge and upgrade your operating system to it?

Microsoft has released a trial version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise that you can install for that purpose.

Windows 8.1 Download

windows 8.1 enterprise download

You can download Windows 8.1 Enterprise from Microsoft’s TechNet Evaluation Center. Here are the most important requirements and information about it:

  • The evaluation version is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit ISO image.
  • The following languages are available: English (United States), English (Great Britain), German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional).
  • You do need a Microsoft account to download the ISO image from the site.
  • The trial version is good for 90-days.

Hardware Requirements

  • CPU: 1 GHz processor or faster.
  • RAM: 1 Gigabyte (32-bit) or 2 Gigabyte (64-bit).
  • Hard Disk space: 16 Gigabyte (32-bit) or 20 Gigabyte (64-bit).
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

To download, select whether you want to download the 32-bit or 64-bit ISO image of Windows 8.1 and proceed. You are asked to sign in to your Microsoft account on the next page, and are taken to a form on the page thereafter.

Most fields are filled out automatically, but you need to make a couple of choices manually before you can start the download. Probably the most important choice is the language of the download. Make sure you pick the right language here and select data for the other fields that are not auto-filled.

If you prefer direct download links, here they are for the English version:

32-bit English Windows 8.1 Enterprise

64-bit English Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Note: The downloads may change at any time. Please notify us when that is the case so that we can correct the download links. They point to official Microsoft servers.

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Windows 8.1 to be released officially on October 17

August 18, 2013 1 comment

You will have to wait another two months before you can install the final Windows 8.1 update on existing Windows 8 machines or buy computer systems that ship with it pre-installed. Many users expected Microsoft to release the update in August, but that was never more than a rumor.
Windows 8.1 will hit the market about a year after the official release of the Windows 8 operating system, and it will be free for existing users.

The update will be available for all Windows 8 users through the Windows Store on October 17th, and as a retail version starting October 18th. While not explicitly mentioned, it is likely that the update will also be made available as a standalone download.

Interested users can still download and install the Windows 8.1 Preview which provides them with some but not all of the new features that Microsoft has integrated in the update.

Some of the features that are already available are Internet Explorer 11, a revamped search behavior, a redesigned Windows Store, integrated cloud connectivity with SkyDrive or more personalization options.

Features that were not included in the preview are a new bunch of tutorials that help you understand how to operate Windows 8.1 new cues that help users find and use features in the operating system, or the new “motion accents” personalization feature that animates the background when you scroll on the start screen interface of the operating system.

windows 8.1 help

New features added after the Windows 8.1 Preview

  • Windows-X menu now with sign-out option.
  • New “motion accents” feature on start screen.
  • New tutorials, including screenshots, short textual explanations, animations or links to Internet contents.
  • Apps list extended.
  • Several core apps have received updates.
  • Tooltips in the lower right corner for additional options are displayed in many core Microsoft apps which shows more commands (similar to right-clicking on pages or using Windows-Z)
  • Assigned Access is back. Select a (user) account to have access to only one Windows Store app.
  • SkyDrive fully integrated in the system. You can now change the location of the SkyDrive folder on your hard drive.

The most likely scenario right now is that Microsoft will finish up testing of the operating system in August, get the RTM release of Windows 8.1 out soon thereafter and distribute it to OEMs and partners so that they can start integrating it into their products.

It is interesting to note that Microsoft may not make the RTM version available on MSDN or Technet soon after it is hitting RTM status. That’s however just a rumor at this time and not something that got confirmed by Microsoft yet.

If you want to get your hands on the update at the earliest possible – legal – moment, you may need to download and install it by visiting Windows Store.

Here is a video that highlights many of the changes of the latest Windows 8.1 build.

It is clear that Microsoft is addressing several of the issues that users of Windows 8 had with the operating system. Windows 8.1 attempts to provide users with additional visual cues and tutorials to understand features of the system.

Windows Blue build with minor improvements leaks

March 29, 2013 1 comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/03/24/windows-blue-build-with-minor-improvements-leak/?_m=3n%2e003a%2e120%2evh0ao03kwj%2e4e0

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Rumors about Microsoft’s strategy for the next version of Windows was all we had until recently. Some job postings highlighted that Microsoft is working on Windows 9 and Windows Blue. From the meager information that we have, it looks as if Windows Blue will be an update to Windows 8 while Windows 9 will be the next operating system the company plans to release. As always, Windows 9 is only a codename used during development. While it is unlikely that Microsoft will change the name, it is in the realm of possibility that the company will nevertheless.

Various Internet sites and forums indicate that a build of Windows Blue leaked on the Internet. If you have expected major changes in Windows Blue you will probably be disappointed as it seems to offer only gradual improvements over Windows 8. While it is too early to say if it will be an update – like a service pack with additional features – for Windows 8 or introduce major changes to Windows 8 that are implemented into later builds, it is clear for now at least that users should not expect too much from it.

A video was released on YouTube a couple of hours ago that walks you through Windows Blue build 9364.

The first thing that you will notice is that there is no start menu, and that the start screen is still there. If you had hopes that Microsoft would somehow reconsider some of its decisions that it made for Windows 8 you will certainly be disappointed by this. So what is new in Windows Blue?

  • Ships with Internet Explorer 11, the next installment of Microsoft’s web browser.
  • Additional personalization options for the start screen. Direct access to personalization, more colors mostly

windows blue personalization

  • SkyDrive integration into the Start Screen control panel including Device backup option which can be configured to automatically backup OS settings and app data.
  • New Sync feature under Accounts, currently not implemented and not clear what it will do.
  • Additional privacy options, including webcam, microphone and custom peripherals listings that detail which apps are allowed to use them. With option to disallow the use.
  • Apps can now be displayed in a 50/50 ratio on the screen next to each other instead of the current option to display them in a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio on the screen. Also options to display more than two apps on the screen at the same time including three or four with them sharing the screen equally.
  • Different live tile sizes on the start screen. The new size that you can see in the videos is small, which lets you add more tiles to the visible area of the start screen. That’s good I guess.

Many of the changes make sense and users of the operating system will likely welcome them with open arms. Critics of Windows 8 on the other hand won’t be convinced by the changes to give the operating system a(nother) try as the current build is not changing any of the major points of criticism.

What’s your take on the changes introduced in Windows Blue so far?

First Windows 7 version nearing its end of support date

February 23, 2013 2 comments

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/15/first-windows-7-version-nearing-its-end-of-support-date/?_m=3n%2e003a%2e115%2evh0ao03kwj%2e477

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Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system in October 2009, roughly three and a half years have passed since then and it may come as a surprise to many that the first Windows 7 product is nearing its end of support date already. In fact, its support date ends before Windows XP support will end. How this can be? Lets find out.

Support for the Windows XP operating system ends about 14 months from today in April 2014. It is the end of the product’s extended support date after which support for the product is not offered anymore. This includes the release of security updates and other updates which won’t be produced and released anymore for these versions of Windows.

When you look at the support table for Windows 7 you will notice that mainstream support for all versions ends in January 2015 and that extended support ends in January 2020. But that does not include Windows 7 RTM which will expire as of April 9, 2013. You may ask yourself why it is expiring that early and the answer is revealed when you look at how service pack releases alter support end dates.

The support lifecycle of a product ends 24 months after a service pack for it has been released. The service pack in this case takes the place of the product so to speak and support will either expire at the product’s support lifecycle end or 24 months after the next service pack release whichever comes first.

This means basically that Windows 7 RTM’s support lifecycle ends in less than two months from today, and that support for Windows 7 with service pack 1 installed will take over the support end dates of the product. This leaves us with the following extended support end dates:

  • April 9th, 2013: Windows 7 without service pack
  • April 8th, 2014: Windows XP SP3
  • April 11th, 2017: Windows Vista SP2
  • January 1st, 2020: Windows 7 SP1
  • January 9th, 2023: Windows 8

Windows 7′s mainstream support ends on January 13th, 2015 and Windows 8′s mainstream support on January 9th, 2018.  The difference between mainstream support and extended support is the following:

  • Mainstream support: request to change product design and features, security updates, other hotfixes, complimentary support, paid support
  • Extended support: security updates and paid support

What this means? Windows 7 users need to make sure to have the first service pack for the operating system installed so that they will continue to receive updates for the operating system.

You can check out the lifecycle of any Microsoft product on this page.

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