The free VHD program now includes Windows 7 free-as-in-beer VHD for your testing, hobby and POC pleasure.

The fine print:

  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is required to use this virtual machine
    In addition to the system requirements for Windows Server 2008 as described in the release notes, a 64-bit system with hardware-assisted virtualization enabled and data execution prevention (DEP) is required.
    It is also recommended to ensure that you have a clean install of x64 edition of Windows Server 2008 to be able to use the Hyper-V technology. Prerequisites, installation steps, OS recommendations, and known issues of Hyper-V can be found here
  • Like all the free VHDs, this one expires in 90 days
  • Like all free VHDs, windows validation is required

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