Microsoft has released the RTM version of their latest OS for MDSN subscribers the 15th of august. The release for everyone is schedulled for October 26. If you’re not MSDN subscriber or Microsoft partner, you can test the Windows 8 OS by getting a 90 days trial.

No product key is required to install this RTM. The only thing is, that you will need to activate it within 10 days after installing it in your system.

The trial is available following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.

If you wish to test this system in VMware Workstation, install it as a “Windows 7″ (32 or 64, depending which ISO you’ll get) check the “Accelerate 3D graphics” setting for the graphic card.

You could certainly read about  Why there is no start menu in Windows 8 about everywhere. Start menu which makes the access to power operations or configuraitons much more difficult. You’ll certainly want to get rid of the Windows store page when the system boots up.

Windows 8 RTM

The workarounds for booting up directly to W8 desktop are numerous.

Take a look at  Cool Start Menu for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. It’s a small freeware application which brings back the start button for Windows 8 and provides many more other cool settings.

If you’re looking for the 2012 Server RTM, there are no trials, but as you might already noticed, the RTM ISO of Windows Server 2012 leaked through the main torrent sites…..

Here are the download links for Windows 8 RTM, x32 and x64 version. (you’ll have to go through the “Live” login stuff….)

Download Windows 8 RTM Free 90-Day Trial Version (32-bit)

Download Windows 8 RTM Free 90-Day Trial Version (64-bit)

If you’re wondering on which machine you’ll be able to test this OS, you can find below the system requirements.

System Requirements:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 20GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver