Wondering what the hype is with Windows Vista? Not sure if your ready to make the move away from XP? Well, Microsoft wants you to experience Vista before making the commitment by giving users a free test drive of the new Operating System.
Known as "Windows Vista Ultimate Test Drive" you can try out Vista in a remote desktop web session using Internet Explorer, with out needing to install the OS on your desktop. Explore Vista on your own pace, follow guided exercises or just watch videos.
To check it out, go to Vista Ultimate Test Drive and Sign In with any email address.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you have a high speed Internet connection.
Next, your System will be tested to see if it meets the necessary requirements and install the Virtual Server VRMC Advanced Control Active X control. After installation has completed, close the window and press F5 to refresh the previous screen.
Now select any of the options (in the above screen shot) and run Vista as if you had installed the new Operating System on your Computer
You can move at your own pace, follow the instructions located to the right of the desktop, or watch videos. This demo is loaded with things to try and it gives you a first hand look at Vista if you decide to take the plunge. Remember you are on a real System so start kicking the tires and put it through it's paces!
Although, I prefer how Linux distributions let you download an ISO image and boot up an OS via CD-Rom, this is a giant step forward by Microsoft in the right direction to give users a free preview with out needed to install anything.
Just remember the Virtual PC is running Vista Ultimate. More than likely as a home user you will purchase the Home Premium version, but overall functionality will be the same.