Friday, May 13, 2011
Okay... I hope the title caught your attention :)... I am going to very quickly show you where to go to get a "free" copy of "Windows 7," completely LEGAL.
I will give you fair warning however and state that this IS a bit of a misleading headline but I think you will still be intrigued...
First: You aren't getting Windows 7. You are getting Windows Server 2008 R2 which is nearly identical to Windows 7 except that it comes pre-packaged with a TON of extra server features and its initial configuration is a bit different. However, you don't need to install any of those extra features that you don't want and after tweaking a few things it looks and acts almost exactly like Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Theoretically, anything and everything that runs fine on Windows 7 will run just as well on Windows Server 2008 R2.
Second: You ARE getting a "180 Day" trial version which, I believe can be renewed twice for a total of 540 days of continuous use before requiring a full reinstall... But, using a VHD file, I can actually help guide you around having to reinstall all your programs when that expiration date comes up.
So, with those two caveats, you get a completely free, legal copy, of one of the world's best and most used operating systems. Not to mention it comes with full server functionality as well if that is something you are interested in....
Where do you download this stuff? How about Microsoft :)... I told you this was legal!
There ya' go.
The more adventurous/tech savvy of you can go ahead and download the ISO files or the VHD and get started. I would like to/plan on doing another article on how to initially set all of this up.