Try Windows 8.1 for 90 days and you may find you actually like it (or not)
It takes some time to get used to the new interface introduced in Windows 8. After all, it represents the most drastic change to Windows since XP and there's an obvious bias towards touch computing. However, underneath the surface are some nice security and performance tweaks, and with the launch of Windows 8.1, it's an even better experience than before. Is it for you? If you'd like to find out without investing your hard earned money, just give it an extended test drive.
Over on Microsoft's TechNet channel, the Redmond outfit is serving up Windows 8.1 Enterprise trial good for up to 90 days. That gives you three months to learn the various nuances and decide if you want to plunk down a wad of cash for an upgrade.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. You do have to register with Microsoft and complete activation before October 31, 2014 (yes, next year), but outside of that, the OS is yours to play with for 90 days, and without any feature restrictions.
If you're wondering what's different about the Enterprise versions versus other Windows 8.1 builds, just head over to the Windows 8.1 Enterprise page for more info and comparisons.