Microsoft offers a plethora of software that users can download and install without paying a single cent to the company. However, the software giant hasnít centralized all its free offerings into a single location, a move which would streamline access to the resources it is delivering. Thatís why I included below a list with a consistent collection of free software products which can be grabbed free of charge, with the vast majority available through the Microsoft Download Center.
As far as Iím concerned the list needed to start with Windows client and server operating systems. In one way or another, packaged as ISO or VHD images, Microsoft is offering customers the chance to test drive, and even use, feature-complete versions of its platforms, again, completely free. In some cases, Microsoft is making it easier for customers to test drive a Windows release before buying, while in others it is actually offering the OS on top of an existing license.
System Manufacturer/Model Number self built OS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit CPU Intel E8400 3GHz Motherboard Intel DX48BT2 Memory Kingston PC3-10700H 4Gb Graphics Card XFX Radeon HD 5850 BlackEd. Sound Card Asus Xonar DG Monitor(s) Displays 2x Samsung SM-T220HD 22" Screen Resolution 1680x1050 on two monitors
Keyboard Microsoft Comfort Curve USB Mouse Razer Diamondback 3G PSU Thermaltake ToughPower 850w Case Thermaltake Armor Cooling Scythe Mugen II Hard Drives OCZ Vertex 2 120gb 3.5" (OS)
Seagate Momentus XT 500gb
Samsung F3 1Tb (games)
2x Samsung F1 1Tb Internet Speed 8128/443
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self Built OS Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3 CPU intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz Motherboard Asus P5ND bios 1401 Memory 8 gigs 1066 OCZ Fata1ty Graphics Card EVGA GTX 580 Call of Duty Black Ops Edition Sound Card Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2zs Monitor(s) Displays Asus 24in LCD's 2MS X2 Screen Resolution 1920x1080p @60Hz
Keyboard Logitech Bluetooth Wireless MX5000 Mouse Logitech Bluetooth Wireless MX1000 PSU OCZ 700W GameXtreme Case NZXT Apollo Cooling Corsair H50 CPU/120mm x3 /60mm x2 /Corsair Dominator Ram Hard Drives WD Caviar 500 Black/ WD Caviar 200 Blue Internet Speed Download 19.83 Upload 0.97 Other Info Logitech Z2300 Speakers/ Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones/Avermedia PCI-e Hybrid TV Bravo/Epson NX415 all in one/ 4 Port Powered USB Hub/ LG 10x Bluray Burner /TSST Corp DVDRW External
Keyboard Labtec Media Desktop Y-SAD65 Mouse Razer DeathAdder 3G Infrared Sensor (1800DPI) PSU ANTEC 750w Earthwatts Case Thermaltake Shark (VA7000SWA ATX) Full Tower Cooling Front 120mm fan (1400 RPM) /Rear 120mm (1400 RPM) blue LED Hard Drives 2x Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 160-GB Hard Drive ST3160815AS (AHCI) Internet Speed Telstra BigPond Elite Liberty ADSL2+ 24Mbps/256kbps Other Info ASUS PCE-N13 802.11n Wireless LAN card
System Manufacturer/Model Number Custom OS Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition CPU Intel Core i7 Extreme 3.33GHz Motherboard EVGA X-58 SLI Classified Memory 12GB DDR3 Graphics Card 2x EVGA 285 2GB in SLI Sound Card Creative Labs X-Fi ExtremeGamer Monitor(s) Displays 30" Viewsonic
PSU Thermaltake 1000w supporting quad SLI Case Thermaltake Armor Full Tower Cooling Thermaltake V1 CPU+DIY Liquid cooling Hard Drives 2x1TB Western Digital 7200RPM in RAID 0/1TB WD My Book External HDD