If you are thinking about upgrading to Windows Vista† here’s a way I found to give it a test drive out without having to install it on your computer, it will run in your browser only.
The test drive requires Internet Explorer 6 or later, a browser plug-in, and a broadband Internet connection.
A minimum 1024 x 768 screen resolution is recommended. There is no product support for the test drive but you are welcome to participate in the Microsoft Windows Vista newsgroup to share your trial experiences with others and ask for advice.
The Windows Vista version hosted in the test drive contains most of the functionality of the regular versions, but browsing the internet is not enabled.
You may notice a slight delay or pause as you experience the product. This is due to the fact that this is a hosted trial and is dependent upon your bandwidth, local machine resources, etc. This does not necessarily represent the actual experience you will have with Windows Vista if it were installed on your PC.
Open Internet Explorer and go to Windows Vista Test Drive you will be asked to install an ActiveX control later on to use the Test Drive.
In the first screen you will need to enter an Email address and your Country, any fake Email addy will do, its not checked.
The next screen wants you to take a survey, click yes or No thanks.
This screen lets you choose a category to check out.
Choose Safer and you will be given the options to Learn more about the exciting features of Vista. Click one of the icons.
Then choose Test Drive.
You will then be sent to the Vista desktop where you can explore.
These are just a few screen shots, you should use the Test Drive to get the full Vista experience.
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