I have been getting some questions about the Windows 7 evaluation trial so I wanted to take a few minutes to clear up the key questions. First of I want to make clear that the Windows 7 Enterprise evaluation trial is really aimed at IT Pros who are looking to test their hardware, software, and deployment strategies on Windows 7 . You really don’t need it if you qualify under one of the following programs listed below. If you’re in one of these programs, you may already have access to the final bits and do not need to download the 90-day Trial – the links below will take you to where you can get more information.
- Partner Program
- MSDN Subscriber (Developer)
- TechNet Plus Subscriber
- Volume License/Software Assurance customer
Q: So what happens after the trial-period expires?
A: If you wish to continue to use Windows 7 Enterprise please note that you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications. Please keep this in mind; Windows 7 Enterprise is not available through retail channels.
Q: What Windows 7 editions are available for trial?
A: Only Windows 7 Enterprise is available for trial.
Q: Who is eligible to download Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial?
A: IT Pros who are looking to test their hardware, software, and deployment strategies on Windows 7 can download the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial. You must correctly fill-out a short survey to gain access to the download. Incorrect or incomplete surveys will be denied access to download Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial. Again, if you already have access to Windows 7 bits through MSDN or TechNet, or are an existing Software Assurance customer, you do not need to download this trial and already have access to the Windows 7 RTM without a timeout period.
Q: When does the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial expire?
A: Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is valid for 90 days after installation. After expiration, your computer will shut down every hour.
Q: Do I need a product key?
A: No, Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is has a product key built in, so there is no need to enter one.
Q: Do I have to activate Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial?
A: Yes, activation of Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is required within 10 days after installation or the product will shut down every hour.