Windows 8 has a very exciting way to experience your new computer. You can download and burn the free "Windows 8® Evaluation." It allows you to try out features, see your favorite apps, and set up a picture password for your account. When you are ready to buy the product, you can activate it online or offline. This free guide walks you through activation.
The download page has a link to another page where you can download the evaluation, and a set of steps that you must follow to activate the evaluation. You will not be able to browse the Internet and install apps or play games while you are in the evaluation, and you must use that computer PC only to try the product.
If you are trying to use the evaluation as a consumer, you may need to register with a Microsoft account before you can register with the evaluation. The evaluation is limited to one person, so if someone else is using your evaluation, you will need to pay Microsoft to upgrade that person's account. d2c66b5586