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Is it possible to install W8.1 as a trial.

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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86

    Is it possible to install W8.1 as a trial.


    Slightly strange question and I haven't found a definite answer to this.

    Is it possible to legally download W8.1 (to create an ISO from it) such that it can be installed with no product key (knowing it only has a 30 day activation period) so that it can be test run on an older PC. If so are there any genuine links I could follow ?

    Ta very much

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    The enterprise version has a trial Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation
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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    Thanks... I'm having a look/see now.
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    If you want to test your hardware compatibility you be best off installing dual boot as VM will not tell you much in that regard.. Features wise it is pretty much like the Pro version.
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    Thanks.... actually I've hit one snag already, the set up won't run with Vista being installed, says it has to be W7. I can probably get around that by installing W7 from my Dell disc as long as the W8 installer doesn't need an activated copy of W7 to run.
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    I don't know about that, sorry - I never used Vista. This tutorial suggests it can be done but perhaps someone else can help if it doesn't work... Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    Don't worry, its no problem as its only a "second" PC and I wanted a play with W8.1 I'll see what it makes of running from a W7 unactivated copy but that will probably be tomorrow.
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    Thwarted again... W7 installed and it now objects to the W8 file being the 32 bit version (which on an older laptop with 2gb seemed the sensible choice). Ho hum, looks like I'll have to grab the x64 version and try again. At least this time it said insert the other disc (the x64) and setup would commence.
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    Windows 8 enterprise is not an "upgrade" version. You don't need anything on the computer to install it.
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    I've no answer to that. I got the warning that it wouldn't install because Vista was already present, now I've put W7 x64 on it, it wanted a W8 x64 version. At this moment I'm just burning an ISO of W8.1 x64 and will try it shortly all being well.
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