I am working on computer for a coworker. He recently migrated a questionable Windows 7 installation to an SSD and started getting BSOD's pretty frequently. He had been wanting to try Windows 8.1 for a while, so I suggested he try the enterprise evaluation to see if it would work for him.
Hi! So I've bought a new laptop along with a built in (diskless) Windows 8; all drivers for the laptop were included also, I think. I've been using this for about 2 months now and even upgraded to 8.1. Yesterday, after I logging in to windows, all I got was a black screen with a movable mouse...
I downloaded the Win 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation x64 from the Microsoft website. I then used PowerISO to unzip the files to a folder, and started the setup from there.
The setup began and then restarted (for the first time), and gave an error, that fvevol.sys was missing or corrupted or something...
worked exactly as "It said on the tin".
Ran the .exe file from the ISO (using the virtual mounter system in W8.1 (W8 has this too).
Gave me the option to keep applications and settings (Didn't on RTM).
Installed fine -- you need to DISCONNECT from the Internet at Ms account...
It's posible to upgrade from windows 7 Professional to Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation keeping all programs, files?
I have tried the registry trick but doesn't work for me. It always detect the correct version installed.
It looks like MS has made a 90 day eval release of Windows 8 Enterprise that you can download and install right now even without a technet or MSDN or other for pay account. (Though you may need to sign up for a live account to get it).
Read more here:
Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation