Till When I Can Use Windows 8 Consumer Preview For Free?

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on April 11, 2012


Windows 8 consumer preview has been made public some time back, since that time we have been using windows 8 as our primary OS for doing everything on PC it seems and feels much faster, easier to use and with the new smart metro UI and apps lot more things are much simple because of the sleek interface of the windows 8 start screen metro UI apps.

Till When I Can Use Windows 8 Consumer Preview For Free

We have already written several windows 8 tips, you can read our Windows 8 Tutorials and Tips. We have talking a lot about windows 8 these days, one of reader Rohan asked us Till When I Can Use Windows 8 Consumer Preview For Free?

Before answering this question we would like to clarify you on…

What is Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. As they day windows 8 is windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the foundation of Windows 7.

How Long I Can Use Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

You should know the End User Licenses Agreement of Windows 8 Consumer Preview does not allow you to use it after 15th Jan 2013, Starting 14 days before the expiration date, Windows will start delivering notifications to the desktop and in the Security section of Action Center.


You will see the following error message on screen.

This pre-release version of Windows will expire soon. Go to Windows Activation to purchase and install a released version of Windows.”

Once it is expired you will see the following error

“This pre-release version of Windows has expired. Your computer will restart every 2 hours and you might lose any unsaved data.” 

However there will be many tools released by independent developers as well which will stop windows from restarting, but still after that using windows 8 consumer preview will not be easy and as you will need to hibernate every time.

Can I Extend Period Of Usage For Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Hopefully, yes as there will be unofficial tools and patches which will allows you to run windows 8 consumer preview after its expired.

Do I have To Pay After Windows 8 Consumer Preview Expired?

You do not have to pay to use the Consumer Preview – it is completely free and you can use till 15th Jan 2013

Can I Upgrade To Windows 8 Consumer Preview To Windows 8 Final Edition?

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will last until January 15th, 2013. You can buy Windows 8 when it’s released and install it, or you can reinstall your previous Windows operating system. A release date for Windows 8 has not been announced yet.

Even If you buy Windows 8:
For Windows 8 (as with previous Windows versions) it is not supported to do an in place upgrade from prerelease versions to the final RTM version of Windows 8 – a custom install is required. You can more about this here at this page

When Is Windows 8 Final RTM Is Expected To Release?

In October 2012 as per our sources.

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