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Windows 7: Is there a Trial download version of Windows 7?

21 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Is there a Trial download version of Windows 7?

I've looked on microsoft.com sites, and I can't seem to find a place from which to download a trial version of Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade.

Does that mean it doesn't exist (and I'm only considering it if it's available officially through Microsoft).

I guess I'm surprised they don't offer it.

I would like to see if it clears up a couple of issues on our old PC, before we take the $ plunge. We have Windows 7 (retail, CD) on our newer PC and really like it. Is it legal to use that cd to load onto our old PC for a week to test it, as long as I don't try to activate it? If I remember correctly, if you don't activate it, it lets you use it for some period of time, then it expires. Thanks for any help!


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21 Dec 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

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21 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for that. You know I did see that during my search, but when I saw it was an Enterprise version, I thought it was some special version I shouldn't be messing with.

Is it ok to try and use the enterprise version? I don't know what the differences are.
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21 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Javanaut,

It's basically has the same features as Ultimate, but is geared more for corporations. This can help show the differences between all editions.

Compare Windows 7 Editions

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Dec 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Any version can be a trial version. You can install any version and use it for up to 30 days as a trial. You just install it without entering a product code, just leave it blank, and use it for 30 days before it times out. If you know someone that has a windows 7 DVD ask them to burn you a copy. Even better is to make an ISO file, delete the ei.cfg file from the sources folder, and then burn the ISO. The resultant disk will let you install any version instead of being locked into the one edition.
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21 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks, I have my own Windows 7 ultimate DVD upgrade version,and will use it without entering the product code.

I did look into the enterprise trial download. It didn't let me because I didn't answer the questions correctly (it asks if you're an IT pro, or ..., or ...), and I didn't satisfy the "I am an IT pro" criteria. It's ok, instead of changing my answers, I'll use the DVD and get 30 days, instead of 90 from the download. I should know what I need within a few days anyway.
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21 Dec 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You could also do this to extend the grace period up to 120 days.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-120-days.html
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21 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

And If you want to be able to download any version, this link has them but its in the HP form. To get any form you just have to remove the ei.cfg in the SOURCES folder

[Direct Download Links] Download Official, Original and Untouched Windows 7 ISO (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
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