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How to install MATLAB trial version for Windows 7, 32-bit?

Asked by Tazeen Athar on 1 Aug 2018
Latest activity Answered by Andreas Goser on 2 Aug 2018
How to install MATLAB trial version for Windows 7, 32-bit? Is R2015b available as trial version for Windows 7, 32-bit?

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 1 Aug 2018

"Is R2015b available as trial version for Windows 7, 32-bit?"
I have only heard of one person who has managed to convince Mathworks to arrange a trial of R2015b in the last 18 months, and that was a case where they already had a R2015b license and were trialing a toolbox.
If the issue is that your computer only has 32 bit Windows, then the answer would probably be "Upgrade your computer".
Though if you are willing to buy a commercial license, and the reason you need 32 bit is for hard compatibility problems with third party equipment, then perhaps Mathworks would be willing to let you trial R2015b, with the understanding that you would be purchasing the current release (R2018a) and taking advantage of the fact that a commercial license authorizes you to use earlier releases as well (most academic licenses authorize that as well; I have not been able to get an answer about Student or Home licenses on this matter.)

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Answer by Andreas Goser on 2 Aug 2018

In addition to Walter's points, but probably also overlapping: Mostly, there is a misunderstanding in the way that existing users do not need a trial, but can download an older version anytime free of extra costs. Many users do not know that, or the customer IT is reluctant to support this.
If you are not yet a user however, there is a certainly the point of why one needs an older release on a older architecture. I am aware of a couple of use cases related to 3rd party software and also to certain hardware support. But it is important to have a strategy what to do in a few years when there is no 32 bit hardware anymore.

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