Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation Activation Expires on 15 August 2013

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  • Hi,

    If I were to reinstall Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation again on my computer now at this time. 

    Will Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation still able to install???

    Because Microsoft indicate that the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation activation expires on 15 August 2013.

    Will I be able to use after the activation expires???

    • Edited by mrdbeta Monday, September 09, 2013 11:59 AM
    • Changed type Niki HanModerator Monday, September 23, 2013 3:30 PM
    Monday, September 09, 2013 11:58 AM


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  • You can reset the activation timers by using the next command in the command prompt.

    slmgr /rearm
    • Edited by T. Kujala Monday, September 09, 2013 12:12 PM
    Monday, September 09, 2013 12:11 PM
  • As T.Kujala says, you can rearm the activation count. But, this is limited to 3. Beyond that, the Windows can't be used. In that case, you can again install the Windows with clean install type.

    Balaji Kundalam

    Monday, September 09, 2013 5:45 PM
  • Hi,

    The Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation is valid for 90 days after activation. Once the evaluation period expires, your computer will shut down every hour.

     If you wish to continue to use Windows 8 Enterprise after the evaluation period, you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 8, including drivers and applications.

    Please refer to the link for more details about Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation FAQ:


    Roger Lu
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:23 PM
  • Yeah I did that. 

    But can the current Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation can active after the expiry date of the activation???

    It stated that the expiry date fall on the 15 August 2013. 

    Well now is September 2013.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:50 PM
  • Can it still be activate after the expiry date on the 15 August 2013.

    I hope Microsoft Releases the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation so that I can test  my computer for hardware and software compatibility issues.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:53 PM
  • Unlike other editions, Windows Enterprise evaluation can't be activated to a full release. However, you can use it again after the evaluation expires, by performing a clean installation.

    Balaji Kundalam

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:21 AM
  • Hi,

    Now Microsoft released Windows Enterprise 8.1 preview edition and you can access to the link below to download and install it.

    In addition, you can access to the link below about Windows 8.1 FAQ.

    Roger Lu
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:46 AM
  • So you mean after doing a clean install. (reformat and reinstall Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation)

    I can still use it???

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:56 PM
  • Hi

    I have those. But I did not know whether my main CPU supports it.

    Currently I am using only Intel Core Duo U7600 at 1.2  Ghz. Running at only 2GB of RAM. And hopeless Intel Graphic Card and a very low hard disk space.

    So, I'm not so sure whether it will support.

    Although it is a 64bit CPU.

    As what I know it requires certain instruction set that Windows 8.1 can only support.

    See below:-

    Additional requirements to use certain features:

    • For 64-bit installations of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, your CPU must also support CompareExchange16b, PrefetchW and LAHF/SAHF.
    • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
    • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768, and a Microsoft account.
    • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
    • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
    • Some features such as touch and Client Hyper-V may require advanced or Windows 8 certified hardware

    The Windows To Go feature requires advanced hardware. To learn more about USB drives certified for Windows To Go, please visit

    My current hardware specification is very very very out dated.

    So I am not sure it will be able to run well on it. 

    As I did not have the $$$$ Money to pay for the Technet Subscription Downloads for the RTM.

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:03 PM
  • Hi,

    Since you can install Windows 8 Enterprise on your computer, I think also you can install Windows 8.1 for your computer, but Strictly speaking, if your computer is OEM, you'b better contact the manufacture for further assistance to confirm whether Windows 8.1 is supported for your computer. if not, you can refer to the link below for more details about the requirement of install Windows 8.1.

    Windows 8.1 Hardware Certification Requirements:

    Roger Lu
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:28 AM
  • So you mean after doing a clean install. (reformat and reinstall Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation)

    I can still use it???

    Yeah, After you made a clean install, you can still use Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation. but as this product is expired, you couldn't activate it again. that mean you can use it only 90 days.

    Roger Lu
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:38 AM
  • I thought the expiry date for the activation is on the 15 August 2013.

    So I wonder whether it is still working???

    I am currently beta testing the preview.

    Previously I am using the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation edition.

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:07 PM