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Published on 07.04.07 by Brent Trahan

How-to Evaluate Windows Vista

This guide shows you a few ways you can try Windows Vista before you buy it.


Microsoft has made it pretty easy to legally evaluate Windows Vista before you purchase it. This guide shows you a few of the ways to evaluate Windows Vista free of charge.

Use Windows Vista for 30 Days

If you can get your hands on a Windows Vista DVD you can install any version of Windows Vista and use it for up to 30 days (120 days if you know the right trick) free of charge and totally legal.

This would be the best way to evaluate Windows Vista.

Run Windows Vista in a Virtual Machine

If you can’t get your hands on a Windows Vista DVD you can download a copy of Windows Vista in VHD format which is meant run as a virtual machine on your computer using Virtual PC or Virtual Server which are both free.

Download the Windows Vista VHD here.

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