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    I am planning on buying a copy of Vista Ultimate but I want to run it on my system first. Fact is I have a DirectX 10 Video card and can't fully use it on XP.

     

    Is there anywhere I can get a 30 day Trial Copy of 64bit Vista to test it out before i purchase?

    Friday, December 7, 2007 5:44 PM

Answers

  • Hi Helstrm,

     

      Microsoft does not have any Vista Trial downloads, but I do have a couple options for you.

     

    1) at http://www.microsoft.com/midsizebusiness/products/WindowsVista/try.mspx you can test drive Windows Vista Business and the 2007 Microsoft Office System without having to install them on your PC. Use your Web browser to experience the online trial and discover new features on your own, or follow the videos and guided exercises.

     

    or

     

    2) Find a friend that has the version of Vista that you wish to try. Install it, but Do Not enter his Product Key. Vista will allow you to use it for 30 days without a product key. If you decide you want to keep it, all you need to do is buy a copy of that version of Vista and enter the product key (from your copy of Vista) into your (already installed) copy of Vista. This way you would not have to uninstall/reinstall.

     

     

    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Friday, December 7, 2007 8:15 PM
  •  Helstrm wrote:

     

    Thank you. If I load a copy and after the trial I buy the OEM system builder version can I use that key without reinstalling?

     

    Only if the Windows Vista DVD is also an OEM and not a retail version.

    Friday, December 7, 2007 8:44 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Helstrm,

     

      Microsoft does not have any Vista Trial downloads, but I do have a couple options for you.

     

    1) at http://www.microsoft.com/midsizebusiness/products/WindowsVista/try.mspx you can test drive Windows Vista Business and the 2007 Microsoft Office System without having to install them on your PC. Use your Web browser to experience the online trial and discover new features on your own, or follow the videos and guided exercises.

     

    or

     

    2) Find a friend that has the version of Vista that you wish to try. Install it, but Do Not enter his Product Key. Vista will allow you to use it for 30 days without a product key. If you decide you want to keep it, all you need to do is buy a copy of that version of Vista and enter the product key (from your copy of Vista) into your (already installed) copy of Vista. This way you would not have to uninstall/reinstall.

     

     

    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Friday, December 7, 2007 8:15 PM
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    Thank you. If I load a copy and after the trial I buy the OEM system builder version can I use that key without reinstalling?
    Friday, December 7, 2007 8:25 PM
  •  Helstrm wrote:

     

    Thank you. If I load a copy and after the trial I buy the OEM system builder version can I use that key without reinstalling?

     

    Only if the Windows Vista DVD is also an OEM and not a retail version.

    Friday, December 7, 2007 8:44 PM
    Moderator