Windows 8 offers many improvements over past versions of Windows, among them speed and smoothness of use. The touchscreen features work well on tablets or touch-enabled laptops, but traditionalists can use a desktop environment and not have to worry about the touch screen. There are 4 editions: Windows 8 (designed for the home PC market), Windows 8 Pro (designed for the business market), Windows 8 Enterprise (which can help with IT organization) and Windows RT, which is pre-installed on tablet PCs. These are not cheap if you buy from Microsoft, but there are a few ways to get Windows 8 for free.
Obtaining a preview version of Windows 8
1Try out Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for free, by using this trial version.
2Go to windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview
3Download an ISO file from that page.
4Insert a recordable CD or DVD into your disc burner.
5Click “Start” and then click “Computer.”
6Find the ISO file and double click it.
Obtaining a copy of Windows 8 if you are a student
Upgrading to Windows 8 with a product key
1Use this page - windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only if you have previously bought Windows 8.
2Understand that you have only paid for the product key to activate Windows, so if you need to reinstall Windows 8, and have the product key, you can use this system.
3Ensure you are on the PC you wish to upgrade and have the product key with you.
4Back up all your files onto removable storage.
5Click the “Install Windows 8” button.
6Follow all the instructions, entering the product key when requested.
Downloading Windows 8 Enterprise
- If it's time to upgrade your computer, buy one with Windows 8 already installed.
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