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Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

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Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

But only if you can lay your hands on a pirate/unofficial copy of Windows 7. 
VileReynard
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

But if you could lay your hands on a pirate etc copy of Windows 7, it would be a cracked copy.
So you wouldn't need to mess around for 120 days...
Mind you, even if someone gave me a free legal copy with the serial stuff, I wouldn't have any use for it,
except for flogging it on ebay.

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But if you could lay your hands on a pirate etc copy of Windows 7, it would be a cracked copy.

Not necessarily.  Windows 7 RTM has been made available to Microsoft Technet subscribers so if you have a friend of a friend who subscribes to Technet you might be able to get hold of a copy.  Or they might have carelessly left a copy on the internet for others to find and download.  Although Microsoft gives you 30 days to activate Windows (extendible up to 120 days, apparently) I don't think this was ever intended to be a try-before-you-buy system.  If a "cracked" copy of Windows 7 of Windows 7 is a pirate copy, surely a temporary copy of Windows 7 that is not obtained through normal channels is a temporary pirate copy?         
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

Unfortunately you would have to spend a few days reading all their EULA's and retain the services of a barrister to determine which methods of distribution are "legal" and which are not.

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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

I'm with you all the way there.  But if you can download a copy of Microsoft software from a Microsoft web site (or buy the disk) then you can be fairly sure you Microsoft allow you to have a copy.  If you can only get your Microsoft software from some back door or roundabout route you can be fairly sure Microsoft don't want you to have a copy. 
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

Back in the days of Windows 3.1 etc M$ didn't really care how you got their "OS".
They made their money by selling Office and a few other products.

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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

Speaking of Windows 7, does anyone know when it goes commercial and you can buy it in the shops?
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

You can of course pre-order it now, and have been able to for some time.
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

I was more planning for when to upgrade... as this machine needs reinstalling and i can't be bothered doing that for Vista if i'm going to upgrade Smiley
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

CSO where have you been?  it was offered as a special pre order price £49 for the basic which goes up to £150 on release (thats from a lousy memory but of that order),  have a look round Amazon, Dabs Etc, as it was a limited number available
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Re: Want to play with Windows 7 for up to 120 days

That's £64 in my book.  Cheesy
(and 1p in the charity bucket)
Nonetheless I'm thinking of buying another at that price - already got 1 ordered for just over £40. Grin
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Quote from: Crucibleofevil
spend a few days reading all their EULA's and retain the services of a barrister

Or use me.  Wink
(used to be a serious MS licensing specialist/contract analyst among other jobs that you wonder why they exist....)