I'm just starting out with my MS certifications and I'd like to get more hands on experience. I only have Windows 7 in my house. Is there a way I can get a demo copy of Windows 8 for practicing?
Is there a demo copy of Windows 8?
Sure thing. Microsoft makes eval copies of most of their software available on their website. They only require that you have a Microsoft Live account, but that if free. Here are some links that may interest you:
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Eval
Windows Server 2012 R2 Eval
Microsoft Office 2013 Eval
Hope that helps,
If you are enrolled into college and have a .edu email you can get entered into the dreamspark program https://www.dreamspark.com/ and they give you licence keys for most of those operating systems listed in the current reply.