Windows Xp Trial?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Kalixa, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. Kalixa macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Does anyone know if it is possible to get hold on a free trial of Windows Xp. I would like to try it through bootcamp and vmware before buying a license.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Effectively any copy of Windows is a trial version if you don't activate it.
  3. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    But I don't even own a CD. Can I download an ISO or something similar to install a trial?
  4. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    ya, but not legally
  5. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    So the only way for me to get a trial of windows Xp, is to borrow a cd from someone, without entering in a license key?
  6. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    ...which is against the terms of the license. you need a key to install.

    There is no trial of any consumer version of Windows, only the server products.

    Buy it, or don't use it. That's the extent of your options, legally speaking.
  7. nospamboz macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    You can for the x64 version. That's how I tested VMWare on my
    C2D iMac back in January.
  8. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
  9. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Ok. So I installed the trial with the easy install option in VMWare. Can someone tell me if it is possible to have this install of windows installed on a boot camp partition after having installed it through vmware?
  10. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    You needed to have installed Boot Camp FIRST and THEN VMware if you want to use the Boot Camp partition.
  11. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Were you able to to connect to the internet and install service pack 2?

    I tried to install the boot camp drivers, but was told I had to upgrade to service pack 2. But I couldn't connect to the internet, so I downloaded the update from microsoft's website on mac os x, and put the installer on an external storage device. The install seemed to run quite fine, and after finishing I had to restart for the changes to take effect. So the computer restarted I tried running boot camp drivers cd, but I was told again that I had to upgrade to service pack 2. That's were I am stuck now. Does anyone know how I can solve this problem?
  12. nospamboz macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    I'm pretty sure Bootcamp doesn't support 64-bit Windows yet (XP or Vista).
    It is beta after all. That's probably your main problem.

    I use both XP-64 and Vista-64 in VMs only, no bootcamp. I expect that when
    Leopard comes out, Bootcamp will then fully support 64-bit Windows (Leopard
    will itself be 64-bit, after all). After they do, then VMware will likely be able to
    support 64-bit Bootcamp partitions (which it doesn't now, of course).

    One other point. The service pack designations for XP and XP-64 are not
    synchronised. That is, XP SP2 and XP-64 SP1 (which is the trial download)
    are effectively the same functionality. The XP-64 SP2 gives more functionality
    than XP SP2. This is because XP-64 is based on Windows Server 2003 and
    not Windows XP itself.

    Basically, XP-64 looks like XP, but it isn't. That was good enough for me, but
    it's different enough that Microsoft provides a document you should read
    to see if XP-64 is right for you, which you can find on the XP-64 main
    home page.

    One big difference with XP-64 is that you can't get support from Microsoft
    for it. You have to rely on community support. Kind of like Linux, huh?

    At least you get to see what VMware can do.
  13. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Alright then. Thank you very much.
  14. Hugh macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Erie, PA
    Trial of XP Pro

    You were able to order a trial version of Windows XP Pro. It would give you a 30 day trial, but in the lower right corner it will say "Trial Version xxxx". I know this because I have two of them. They did charge for these trial versions. You had to penny up $9.99 to get them. This also did this with Windows Server 2003, Front Page, MS Office Pro 2004.



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