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Microsoft Windows Thin PC Released – Free Download

Less than a month after it was released to manufacturing (RTM), Windows Thin PC, a low footprint, locked down version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose aging PCs as thin clients without requiring the VDA (Windows Virtual Desktop Access) license to access VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) desktops,  is now available for download for free from Microsoft.

Windows Thin PC (Win TPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP) and is based on Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1. The WinTPC offering is designed to let organizations with older PCs continue to use that hardware, repurposing it as thin clients running a “a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7”. Win TPC doesn’t require the VDA  license to access VDI desktops. The product helps reduce the cost of VDI at the endpoint, enabling IT with an enterprise ready platform to provide end users with an excellent thin client experience through the many unique features offered on their repurposed PCs. Some of these features include:

Those who want to use WinTPC need to know that, Win TPC is not supported in a virtual machine such as vmware  and it has restrictions on the applications that can be used. You can only run applications that fall into one of the following categories:

However, you cannot run any productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office or similar applications. Also, WinTPC is a product designed for business and it’s available to Microsoft’S Software Assurance customers for download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing site. In other words, this isn’t for home users. However, if you are not a Software Assurance (SA) customer you can still give Windows Thin PC a try:

Windows Thin PC Download Details

Product: Windows Thin PC
Part Number: Z5K-00002
Language: English
Operating System Type: 32 bit
Total Download Size: 1503 MB
Download Format: ISO

Windows Thin PC System Requirements:

The recommended specifications for running Windows Thin PC are:
• 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) processor
• 1 GB RAM, 16 GB available hard disk space
• DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Manager
(WDDM) 1.0 or later version driver
• Bootable DVD-ROM drive

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