Now that SharePoint 2013 is out it’s a bit harder to find the link to download SharePoint 2010. Some of the links on Microsoft’s site seem to take you right back to the 2013 page.
Usually the trial version and full installation packages are the same, and you get the option to skip this step and use the trial. However, in SharePoint 2010 you get a rather bold screen that forces you to enter a key. If you are wandering, yes there is a Trial license key that you can use. In fact, there are about 4 to choose from.
If you are downloading the prerequisites for SharePoint 2010 manually, you will most likely pull your hair out (and scream a few times) trying to find the right version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET. You have probably already tried several different versions and still cannot pass the check. What’s going on?!!
Here are the links to download the SharePoint 2010 prerequisites manually. This is useful if you don’t have an Internet connection during the SharePoint setup process and need the standalone installers.