Vista trial

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  1. stovetop6872 macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    if you get a CD of the installer or even download it without the crack that is the only way i know how to get a legal trial of vista
  3. xaneshx macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    Yes, any downloaded version of Vista will work as a trial if you were to put no key when the installer asks you for one. So basically you can get a hold of a Vista dvd from a friend, put no key, select Ultimate, and you will be able to run Vista Ultimate for a duration of 30 days. Once that 30 day period is up you will need to get a legitimate key...
  4. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    Not sure if this will work via boot camp or even with SP1 for that matter, but here is a little trick that I know will work with Vista minus sp1.

    (What do you call an OS prior to a service pack?)

    You go to:
    Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. Then type slmgr -rearm and hit enter.

    It will "rearm" your trial for another 30 days. Meaning, make a note in iCal to do it when you have 2 days remaining. You can "rearm" up to three times.

    It's really for IT managers who are in the process of getting "proper" license or something like that. It doesn't even violate the EULA.
  5. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    I'm almost positive they disabled this in Vista SP1. Could be wrong, but I know Microsoft was less than enthusiastic when all the downloaders figured that little trick out.

    I'd say your best bet is to find a copy of Vista, install it and do your 30 day test drive. After the repeated headaches and occasional nosebleed, you'll come running back to OS X. Problem solved ;)
  6. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007

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