Microsoft introduces Windows 7 Test Drive !!

For users who are currently on older Windows editions or other OS and are keen on trying Windows 7 first before installing it on their system. Microsoft has introduced and great option here to experience the Widnows 7 experience in the form of a Virtual Lab.

To experience the Windows 7 Test Drive or or Virtual lab, all you need is IE 6.0 or later and must be on Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista or 7. Some more important requirements as explined on the Windows 7 Professional test drive website are:

Screen Resolution:  The Virtual Demo sessions are best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024×768 or greater. Otherwise you may experience clipping of content.
Cookies Enabled: You must have cookies enabled to run these Virtual Demo sessions.
ActiveX Control: The Microsoft “Virtual Machine Remote Control” Active X control is required by this site. If you do not have it installed, you will be asked to when launching the Virtual Demo. There are instuctions relating to this located during the install.
Firewall: Connecting to the Virtual Demo sessions require that you have port 443 open. Please see your network administrator for assistance.

Some key points to remember:

  • Since its a virtual lab installed on older Microsoft virtualization technologies, so dont expect Aero features
  • Also since you are connecting to a desktop over the internet, your internet bandwidth will play an important role in the performance that you will get while working on this Virtual Lab. Which may cause some latency while operating on Windows 7
  • Clipboard access is only from host computer to Windows 7 virtual machine and not the other way around
  • No internet access (atleast I couldn’t figure that out)

Website : Windows 7 Professional Test Drive

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About Harpreet Singh Khandiyal
I'm an technology enthusiast, thus like to keep myself updated with the latest news/products/technologies around. I try to read blogs, sometimes blog, tweet about new technologies. In my spare time, I like to evaluate new products (BETA if available) and understand their pros & cons ;) before hand. I primarily work on Microsoft Exchange Server.

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