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Microsoft Starts Offering 90 Day Free Trial of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition

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While Windows 10 is out and well on its way to becoming a sensation, Microsoft has added to the fun by producing a brand new evaluation version of the enterprise edition that is free for 90 days. Yes, as a trial.

The edition comes in addition to the Windows 10 upgrade to Windows 8.1 and 7  that has been pushed out and is already free for one year.

Now many of you may be thinking, why the 90 day edition when we already have a full year one? Well, the answer to that lies in the fact that while the one year version of Windows removes your current platform, the enterprise edition lets you use your own Windows for daily tasks enabling you to switch back to your own desktop if you are not comfortable with 10 — And lets face it, 3 months is more than enough time.

However, like with all good things, there is a catch here as well.  Some major features, such as Mail, Calendar, People, Photos, Cortana and even the Windows app store are conspicuous by their absence.

Feel ready to test the latest offering from Microsoft? — minus a few features of course. Well,there are several ways in which you can do that, The easiest way of course is to just find a spare system and upgrade it to 10. However, since not many of us have the luxury of extra systems, the best thing to do is just install both the systems onto a sigle machine. Learn how to do that here. Finally, you can install the 3 months trial program that will let you experience Windows 10 along side your current version.

Another method is to install a Virtual machine, that also lets you run multiple version of Windows on the same device. Running the virtual machine however, would require you to download a couple of things such as the Windows 10 ISO and Virtual Box. You can check out the rest of the details from this masterly crafted cnet article.

However, if you don’t want to go through all that hassle, you can simply download the 90 day preview and be done with it. Doing that will also require you to go through certain computational acrobatics, which are as follows.

While installing enterprise, you are asked to join an Azure AD or join a domain. Choose any one. You can also choose to use a Microsoft account for the Windows 10 trial version, so that you can sync it with the settings and options on your initial Windows version. The instructions for doing that are as follows.

  1. Click Start. Click Settings.
  2. At the Settings, choose accounts.
  3. While at Accounts, select ‘Your Account’.
  4. On the right pane, there is an option to Sign in with a Microsoft account. Choose that.
  5. Type the username and password for your Microsoft account..
  6. At the “Your account”, click a link to confirm your identity.
  7. You’ll receive a code on your mobile phone that you’ll use to verify your identity.

That’s it, you are good to go, your settings and options between both the Windows have been synced.

That’s it folks, in this article we have provided you with a range of methods to install and test Windows 10 on your system. Do try it out, and with the additions Microsoft has made to its latest, we are sure you will love what is on offer.


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