The world may not have ended last week, as many doomsayers had feared (or hoped), but the continuing existence of our planet means that the various preview builds of
will all expire next month.
The Developer, Consumer and Release preview builds of Windows 8 are all set to expire in around three weeks' time on January 15, 2013, meaning that those still clinging onto these gratis, pre-release builds will, as per the Release Preview's end-user license agreement (EULA), “have no right to use the software after the expiration date." Should a user still choose not to act, they will have to deal with persistent warnings and restarts .
"Starting from the expiration date, you may not be able to access any unsaved data used with the software,” warns the Release Preview’s EULA. “Any applications you receive through the Windows Store will also cease to be available to you in future versions, unless they are made available for re-download and you re-acquire them. You may not receive any other notice."
If you are currently running a preview build and wish to upgrade to Windows 8 proper, please note that you will lose all your apps and Windows settings in the process.