SOURCE: Windows Secrets

Windows Secrets

August 20, 2009 07:30 ET

Use Any Version of Windows 7 Free for 120 Days, Says Windows Secrets

Extend Trial Period Now, Save Money Later

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - Windows 7 users can install any version of the operating system from one DVD, according to a story in today's edition of the Windows Secrets Newsletter. Contributing editor Woody Leonhard reports that users can access Windows 7 Ultimate, Pro, and Home Premium conveniently from a single DVD. Users can also extend the length of the 30-day trial period to 120 days, he says, giving people more time to choose the appropriate version for their needs.

"Microsoft allows you to install whichever version of Windows 7 you want for 30 days, but once your time is up, you must pay for an activation key in order to keep the software running," says Leonhard. "We're showing people how they can use the installation DVD to select any current version, plus they can lengthen the trial period to see which operating system is worth their money."

In this week's article, Leonhard shows users how to reset the trial-period clock as many as three times, using the Software License Manager that ships with Windows 7. Additionally, he reveals how to delete a single file from the installation DVD so that any version of Windows 7 may be installed.

"Users will eventually have to pay to continue using their Windows 7 software," states Brian Livingston, editorial director of Windows Secrets. "However, showing our readers how to extend the trial period and change any version to another helps them make a better buying decision. This could save them a lot of money in the long run."

The complete article plus tips for extending the free-trial period as well as installing an alternate version of Windows 7 can be found at

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