Microsoft has released three previews of its upcoming operating system Windows 8 to the public. The Windows 8 Developer Preview, Consumer Preview and Release Preview have been, and in many cases are, used by millions of users to test the functionality of the Windows 8 operating system.
These versions will expire eventually and you will be notified in advanced when this is going to happen. An expired version of the operating system is no longer activated, and your only option to get it activated again is to install or upgrade to a newer version of Windows 8.
Lets take a look at the expiration dates for the various preview releases of Windows 8:
To find out when your copy expires, hit Windows, type in winver and press enter. Some Developer Preview or Consumer Preview versions may also expire on January 16, 2013 instead.
Now that we know when the different versions of Windows 8 expire, we need to take a look at the effects of that on the system and your ability to work with it. According to Microsoft, the following will happen after the license of the operating system expires:
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