Is there any kind of dev edition VM image of Windows 7 to play around with to avoid messing up my normal install?


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You can get a 90 eval of Windows 7 Enterprise here. I am not aware of any developer editions, or anything specific to running inside a VM.


You can get images of WinXP or Vista (intended for testing various versions of IE) that expire after a period of time: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en

Microsoft currently updates these as the old ones expire - I'm not sure how long they'll continue to do that.

But as far as I know there's nothing similar with Win7 - you'd need to just install a demo version (or your own licensed version) in a VM. You can use any of the normal channels to get an install image (TechNet, MSDN, MAPS, retail, whatever)

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