Windows Thin PC, a low footprint, locked down version of Windows 7 that allows people to re-use old computers as thin clients without requiring the Windows Virtual Desktop Access license to access Virtual Desktop Infrastructure desktops, is now available for download for free.
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.
+ Small footprint: WinTPC images are smaller than Windows 7 images, and hence have a lower attack surface.
+ RemoteFX support, which ensures that users have a local-like virtual desktop experience.
+ Write Filters that improve security by preventing any writes to the deck.
+ BitLocker and AppLocker features that enables IT administrators to let users run only certain categories of software locally on the thin client.
+ FEP (Forefront Endpoint Protection) support, which makes it possible to use a common set of malware protection tools for your desktops and thin clients.
You can’t run any productivity programs, such as MS Office or similar on this version of Windows. Apparently, it can run Microsoft Office 2013. Its designed for business and available to MS Software Assurance customers at the Microsoft Volume Licensing website. In short, its not for home users :(.
For non-SA customers, you can download 90-day trial version at the Windows ThinPC website, or download from this link.
If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, Silver or Gold partner in MPN, Windows Intune or Windows VDA subscriber, you can get the full copy of the product.
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