Test Drive Windows 7 Online With Virtual Labs

Want to get a feel of the new Windows 7 OS before making this huge transition and installing it on your PC? Fortunately, it is now possible to do so with the help of the special and unique Windows 7 online test drive website set up by Microsoft.

The website comprises of various resources that can be used by all users to test how Windows 7 would work on their computers. It is undoubtedly a great idea to experience the new and innovative features of the new OS before installing it. Here are few tips for test driving Windows 7 with Virtual Labs.

Before your try out the online version of Windows 7, it is important to keep in mind that it will obviously not be as responsive as it full standard version. So make sure not to judge its performance based on virtual lab; just use it as a way of learning about the new features incorporated in the OS over the previous versions.

Getting Started

In order to test drive your Windows 7, visit the test drive website set up by Microsoft at www.microsoft.com/click/windowstestdrive/. Internet Explorer should ideally be used for carrying out the test run as it requires ActiveX support.

Once the site has opened up, click on ‘Take Test Drive’ link located at the bottom left corner of the page.

The website contains a number of test drives for demonstrating the different features of the OS. You can also try out in-built features like Office 2007 and 2010 and see how they run with Windows 7. All you need to do is choose the test drive you wish to try, and click ‘Try it now!

If you have never run this test drive before, you might be asked for installing ActiveX control. Just click on the link that appears before you for installing the same.

To do this, click on the bar that appears at the top of the Internet Explorer page, and choose Install Add-on. Finish up this install and you will be good to go. Once completely, click on the link at the bottom of the window to get back to the test drive. The page will refresh automatically; however, if it doesn’t, you can reload or refresh it manually.

After this, the test drive will start loading the required components. After all components have loaded completely, click on the link to initiate Windows 7 test-run in a separate window.

You will begin from the default desktop on the test drive. It can be used just like any normal computer with Windows on it, but keep in mind that it would run slowly, depending on the kind of internet connection you have.

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Try out the new and improved features and applications in Windows 7 such as reworked Paint with Ribbon interface and the new Media Center. More importantly, try the novel features like Aero Snap and Jumplists. Though the features might not function optimally and quickly, but you can surely get a feel of how it would be to use them.

The virtual labs for test driving Windows 7 is ideal for tech students or anyone who wants to experience new features of the OS first hand. Though the labs have been geared primarily for IT professionals, but it can be used by all users to try out the features of the new OS without completely replacing it over their existing version of Windows.



Preeti Mehta