After nearly a year of pre-beta and beta testing, the final build for Windows 8 is now available. What started off as a raw build in the form of the Developer’s Preview was later upgraded to the Consumer Preview (Beta), followed by the Release Preview and now the final build, which has been made available for download on a 90-Day Trial basis. You can download this build from the links given at the end of this post. The given links include the download links for the evaluation version, including an alternative mirror link.
Microsoft has released the OEM to manufacturing partners. In other words, the next milestone is now available for PCs loaded with the latest operating system (since October 26, 2012). Moreover, Microsoft and its partner companies have also released some fine tablets including the Surface tablet, which is ideal for taking advantage of this touch friendly operating system.
The new version has come with a number of changes including search support within the apps store, a new Bing app, personalization tattoos for the Metro interface (now known as the Modern UI), new interface for the People app and sadly, the removal of the Aero glass effect. While a workaround to enable the Aero glass Effect in Windows 8 was found, however, it comes with a number of issues, including a messed up Explorer.
Before downloading the final build, it is advised to first check out the System Requirements to determine if your PC or tablet is capable enough to run Win 8. While it might be possible to install Win 8 on some tablets, however, it might not be compatible with most common tablet PCs. Therefore, it is advised to opt for Win 8 ready tablets like the Microsoft Surface tablet.
- How To Install Windows 8 From USB
- How To Install Windows 8 On VirtualBox
- Install Win 8 Without DVD or USB Media
The Enterprise edition is also available on a 90-day evaluation, which is available for both common users and developers (to help them build and test the operating system). You can download both versions from the links given below. In case you face any issues regarding the download from the Microsoft website, you can use the alternative mirror link given below.