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#1 Gragier_521

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:59 PM

Microsoft releases free copies (pre-activated) of Windows Vista and Windows XP in VHD format time to time. These Virtual PC Hard Disk Images are for testing websites with different Internet Explorer versions on Windows XP and Windows Vista but you can use them any way you like. These images expires 120 days after first run.

This download contains these VPC images:

 

* IE7-VIS1.exe+IE7-VIS2.rar+IE7-VIS3.rar contain a Vista Image with IE7 VHD file. Expires 120 days after first run.
* IE8-VIS1.exe+IE8-VIS2.rar+IE8-VIS3.rar+IE8-VIS4.rar contain a Vista Image with IE8 VHD file. Expires 120 days after first run.

:download: Download Windows XP VHD (with IE7 and IE8)

:download: Download Windows Vista VHD (with IE8 and IE9)

System Requirements
* Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP
* You will need a minimum of 1.5 Gig hard drive space free to expand the VHD file.
* You can download the latest version of Virtual PC at here or you can run them in Windows 7 Virtual PC.



#2 AMIRZ

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 06:19 AM

Thanks for the info

#3 pm_41

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 07:52 AM

This was posted somewhere before.

#4 K.L.Devine

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 08:32 AM

You can get Win 7 for 120 days too. :D

#5 thorden

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:26 PM

After the download and install, is it possible to just legally activate the OS en keep using it? Or does it still expire?

#6 CommonSense

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:28 PM

After the download and install, is it possible to just legally activate the OS en keep using it? Or does it still expire?

You can change the product key on a non-VHD Windows install, so I don't see how it would be any different.

#7 DiTECH

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:13 PM

Sorry Gragier_521 i didn't noticed your topic.

Edited by DiTECH, 29 August 2009 - 03:14 PM.


#8 thorden

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 05:50 PM

I mean is it just useable in Virtual PC or can we install it on the HDD as the default OS.

#9 maxmaister

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:13 PM

Can you do that trick of booting from this VHD like like you can do with 7?

Edited by maxmaister, 29 August 2009 - 09:14 PM.


#10 pm_41

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:15 PM

I mean is it just useable in Virtual PC or can we install it on the HDD as the default OS.

It's a pre-compiled VHD with every encryption force known to mankind in it. And the VHD file itself has a timebomb.

#11 pcHuntqwerty

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:54 AM

@thorden it is a pre-activated copy. It won't be possible to change the serial key.

#12 thorden

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:41 PM

Hmm, k tnx guys

#13 Interceptor

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 04:21 AM

nice info.........

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