Most of us made full use of the free Beta and RC editions of Windows 7 but they have since been discontinued by Microsoft. Now Microsoft are offering Windows 7 available as a free download as a VHD. This edition comes prepackaged as Windows 7 Enterprise which is what most business will be using, It will be available as a prepackaged VHD image for using with virtualization software like Virtual PC, and gives customers the opportunity to test drive Windows 7 if they haven’t already.
“This download helps you evaluate the new features of Windows 7, Windows 7 has better ways to find and manage files—like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews—to help you speed through everyday tasks. It’s designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to. With 64-bit support, you can take full advantage of the latest powerful PCs. And great features like HomeGroup, Windows Media Center, and Windows Touch make new things possible,”
However the draw back to this free copy of Windows 7 is that you can only use it in a virtual machine and not all the Windows 7 features are available in it if you use Windows Virtual PC . It doesn’t have 64 bit support and also the new Aero Features are disabled.
This edition of Windows 7 comes with a license key thats valid for 90 days, it must be activated within 10 days or else it will shut down every hour. Once you have activated Windows 7, you will have 90 days to use it and once these are up it will begin shutting down every hour similar to the RC and Beta Editions.
This trial will be available for a limited time and will only be in limited quantity . Activation will be available through 31st March 2010. You can download this VHD of Windows 7 here