Windows 7 RC Download available until August 15th

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If you still weren’t able to upgrade or install the Windows 7 Release Candidate, you still have until August 15 to download it. So you have plenty of time, can even enjoy a long vacation before you start upgrading :-).

Still using Windows 7 Beta? You have 7 days left to upgrade to Windows 7 Release Candidate before your pc starts to reboot every two hours!

Caution Just 9 Days Left!

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If you are still running the beta version of Windows 7 you should start getting your upgrade plan ready. So you can at least upgrade (or reinstall) your machine before July 1st. This will be the date that your pc start rebooting every 2 hours, until August 1st. At August 1st you’re unable to use your Windows 7 Beta….

So please upgrade to the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 and enjoy the fast, reliable and good looking operating system until the RTM will become available (in just a month or so).

Windows 7 Beta Updates test starts today

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Today is the day that the Windows Updates system for Windows 7 is being tested. I ran into this nice announcement about it on the Microsoft TechNet Forums :

Starting on February 24th we will be offering some test updates to Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) computers. We do typically verify update scenarios during a Beta, and releasing these test updates will help ensure that when we need to release real updates, the process will run smoothly. There will be at most five updates. These updates test the Windows 7 servicing infrastructure. They will not deliver any new features or fixes.

The updates will be offered interactively. This means that users will be notified of available updates, but they won’t install automatically. Users will need to go to the Windows Update control panel and manually start installation. They will also be clearly titled as a test update. If you don’t want to install the updates then you can right click on each update and select “Hide update” to prevent it from being shown in the list of available updates.

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So just to be sure : If you’re running Windows 7 Beta and you’ll see several updates coming up, they won’t install anything…it’s just a test!

Will Windows 7 RC be released next week?

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The German online magazine WinFuture (translated to English) published an article in in which they say that the planned release date for the Windows 7 Release Candidate should be February 27th, so that’s just a week away!

And this time also MSDN and TechNet users will be the first to download the Windows 7 RC. Too bad I’m on a business trip abroad next week, but when I’m home (on Friday, 27th) I hope I’ll be able to download the RC!

I’m not sure if the date is entirely correct, but if they want to release Windows 7 before Christmas 2009 they should at least release the RC in the next few months!

Update : The build where WinFuture was talking is not going to be the RC build.

A couple of hours left to start the download…

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The 10th of February…..besides it’s my birthday :-), it’s the day that Microsoft pulls the Windows 7 Public Beta offline! So if you didn’t downloaded the ISO already….DO IT NOW!

Or at least start the download in the next few hours, you have till February 12th to finalize the download. Don’t forget to get your (legal) key (you can even get your key after February 12th)!

Check out the schedule below to see when what happens:
Source : WindowsTeamBlog

  • Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
  • February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
  • February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn’t finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.

Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn’t get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.

Downloading Windows 7 Beta Comes To An End

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Just returned from a nice weekend in Paris, so I missed the info about the Windows 7 Beta downloads and what happens after the initial 14 days of downloading.

It’s good to hear that Microsoft has announced that you’re still able to download the beta of Windows 7 until February 10th! So still more then 14 days to check it out. A quote from the Windows Team Blog about the shutdown of general availability of the Windows 7 Beta :

  • Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
  • February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
  • February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn’t finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.

Product keys for the Windows 7 Beta will continue to be available. So if you have the Windows 7 Beta but didn’t get a product key you will be able to do so even after February 12th.

MSDN and TechNet Subscribers will continue to have access to the Windows 7 Beta bits throughout the Windows 7 Beta phase. The above dates do not apply to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers.

 

Also a good thing : You can even get a valid Windows 7 Beta product key after February 12th! En when you even have a MSDN of TechNet Subscription, you can even download the Windows 7 Beta after that date!

Click here to download the Windows 7 Beta ISO.

Update : Windows 7 Public Beta Download Page Available!

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The page is already available, but the downloads don’t seem to work yet. Visit my Windows 7 Download Page for all the Windows 7 Download links (TechNet, MSDN, Public Beta!)

You have to be quick because it’s only available to the first 2.5 Million people!

Update (21:30 CET / 12:30 PST) : On my favorite Dutch forum some messages appeared with the reason why the download isn’t available yet. Mary-Jo (ZDNet) blogged about it :

“Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to Microsoft.com properties before we post the public Beta today. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the Beta, and will be in touch once the Beta goes live.”

So no key at 12:00 PM PST, but you can download the ISO images. The links are located at the bottom of the Windows 7 Download Page.

Counting down till 12:00 PM (PST)

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The clock is ticking…just a few more hours and then the public download of Windows 7 can start!

I just checked www.microsoft.com/windows7 and it seems that the whole world is continually refreshing it, it’s very slow (www.microsoft.com is fast, so it’s not my internet connection).

Update : The Windows Team Blog tells me that the Server is too busy.

At 12:00 PM (PST) (What time in my region?) the download will be available. I’ll try to add the ‘direct-download’ links to my Download Windows 7 page.

PS. Of course you also download the public beta of Windows Server 2008 R2.