A few days ago, I downloaded a demo copy of Parallels Desktop to see if I could run a virtual machine on my mac to do a few things (largely play old games) that I cannot do under the Mac OS.
However, this didn’t work quite as smoothly. When I tried to install Windows XP, the install failed. So, I tried to see if I could find a demo copy of Windows 7. After some googling I found out that I could get one from McSoft, but only if I pretended to be an IT professional (I’m the system admin for what would have been a moderately large suite of computers at a point within my lifetime, so I could claim to be one).
But, they still had me jumping through all sorts of hoops. Then, just to add insult to injury, their Java based downloader wouldn’t start under Chrome. Fortunately, it runs OK under Safari. Now I’ve just got to finish the download (4 hours – so tomorrow night) and try another install. If it works out, I’ll actually have to buy the software I’ve got in demo mode – and probably won’t get the same version of Win7 since I’ve got Enterprise and will get the cheapest I can. But it will suffice as a Proof of Concept.