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Microsoft has announced a little treat for system administrators sick of fixing desktop software glitches: a locked-down version of Windows 7 designed to turn cheap hardware into thin-client systems.

http://www.thinq.co.uk/2011/3/29/microsoft-launches-free-windows-thin-pc-beta/ article

https://connect.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/program6810 direct link. [For all those unable to get to it from the link, you may have to go to the directory link at the top of the MS Connect page. Thin PC is the newest addition to the list of software.]

Haven't seen this posted.

You need a live account, and access to MS Connect.

I'm installing this in a VM as I type this tongue.gif

EDIT : added screenshots.

2nd Edit : A little more info... Version numbers indicate that this is based on SP1, however it's an earlier version than the current SP1 RTM that we have on our machines (see screenshot of MGAdiag). This evaluation version supports Aero, and appears to come with full DX 11 Support. Also many normally automatic services are now set to manual and don't start at boot.
It appears to have no reduced functionality. However, having said that, I did a windows update, and there were no .net framework versions listed, so either it has it already, or it will need to be downloaded manually.

As it's a VM, I can't really test gaming properly.

Media player and IE8 all load up perfectly, adobe flash seems to install correctly, and youtube videos all play correctly.

UPDATE:
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Originally Posted by odin2free;13357162 
Release Candidate OUT

https://connect.microsoft.com/site1223/program6994

Check out the Release Candidate.
Edited by weidass - 5/2/11 at 4:11pm
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Well this is great,i wonder in wich PC's can run this. And how much will it cost when available.
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is thin fast? should regular users try it out?
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This can be very good on the go. I can see that Microsoft will build a mobile OS(tablets more so) off this I bet.

Someone needs to edit that article. Spelling mistakes lol.
I think I'll try this for fun.
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That's really cool. Do you have to have Windows 7 or just any copy of Windows?
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OP updated with a couple of screenshots.
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That's really cool. Do you have to have Windows 7 or just any copy of Windows?

Its a totally stand alone version of windows. Its a 1.3ish Gb download. Its like a windows 7 light edition.
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Is it a demo? Just wondering after I saw '30 days to activate' tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by weidass;12922706 
OP updated with a couple of screenshots.



Its a totally stand alone version of windows. Its a 1.3ish Gb download. Its like a windows 7 light edition.

WOW! Nice find +rep.
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Trying this on Windows vista
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