Input.Microsoft.com = Give Feedback

Today I responded to a question from Microsoft’s Tjeerd Veninga which was published through Twitter. He put out the question : “My family is no on RC too, how about yours?

Below that question he blogged about the tools you can use for migrating from the beta to the Release Candidate. He used the same tool I described a few weeks back. At the end of hist post he asked for Feedback the Windows 7 Release Candidate through a (new?) Microsoft website called Input.Microsoft.com.

When you log on to the website (first you have to sign in with your Windows Live ID) you’ll see a screen (like below) where you can select Windows 7 Scenarios.

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In the fist screen you have to set your local preferences. When you selected them you are able to give your feedback about the operating system. Isn’t that cool or what?!

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I think it’s cool that Microsoft is giving us (the users of Windows 7) another possibility to give feedback about the new Windows 7 Operating System!

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!

31 LP’s available for Windows 7 RC through Windows Update

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Since yesterday it’s possible to (legally) install one (or what the heck..all if you want) languagepacks for Windows 7 Ultimate RC.  Just open Windows Update and click the optional updates are available link to select the language you would like to install!

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There are 31 Windows 7 Ultimate Language Packs available including the following : Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Ukrainian.

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So would you like to run Windows 7 RC in your own language? Now….you can!! 🙂

UPDATE : Windows 7 Beta will expire soon, please upgrade!

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If you’re still running Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) you should know that as of July 1, 2009 (*) June 1, 2009 your computer will behave strange 🙂 (your pc will shutdown every two hours!) and on August 1, 2009 Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) will expire and you won’t be able to use it anymore!

Please upgrade (or reinstall) your computer with the Release Candidate of Windows 7.

Upgrade tip : You can easily use the Windows Easy Transfer tool to move all your user settings to the Release Candidate build! To start the Windows Easy Transfer tool just type Windows Easy Transfer after you clicked the Start button.

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You can easily backup your files/settings to a USB disk and move them back after you installed the Release Candidate.

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(*) The correct date is July 1, 2009. Source : Windows Team Blog

Windows 7 on track to reach RTM status at August 09!

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Just an hour ago Brandon LaBlanc posted this message on the WindowsTeamBlog. Read the whole message on the WindowsTeamBlog.

A small quote from his post :

If the telemetry we receive from the Windows 7 RC meets our expectations in terms of quality, then we expect to hit RTM in 3 months or so.

 

Let’s hope they RC does meet the expectations and we can expect the RTM somewhere at the end of August 2009! Hmm…if the RTM is reached somewhere at the end of August we probably can expect Windows 7 at the stores somewhere at the end of September / begin of October?

What do you think? Leave your responses at the comments!

UPDATE : Windows 7 RC is available for download!

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At last…Windows 7 RC is available for download!
Click here to go to the official Windows 7 RC download page.

UPDATE : You can also use this link, if the official download page is offline 🙂

Below you can see a screenshot taken from the official download page…

You can also use the direct links to the ISO files (You have to be logged in to your Windows Live ID to use these links!)
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Download Windows 7 RC 32-bit

English: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_en_dvd.iso
German: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_de-de_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_de_dvd.iso
Japanese: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_ja-jp_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_ja_dvd.iso
Spanish: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_es-es_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_es_dvd.iso
French: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_fr-fr_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_fr_dvd.iso

Download Windows 7 RC 64-bit

English: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_en_dvd.iso
German: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_de-de_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_de_dvd.iso
Japanese: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_ja-jp_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_ja_dvd.iso
Spanish: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_es-es_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_es_dvd.iso
French: /7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_fr-fr_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_fr_dvd.iso

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If you already have a Product Key you can use the Direct Download Links above to download the version you need. If you don’t have a key yet, use one of the links below (Note : You have to be logged in to your Windows Live ID to receive a key).

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Download Windows 7 RC from May 5th through July 2009!

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Let’s hope the Microsoft download servers will get a good last night of sleep, because from tomorrow they will have a tough job to do: Present the Windows 7 RC (and Windows Server 2008 R2) download to the whole world! Let’s hope they’ll do a better job then they did with the release of the Windows 7 Public Beta!

It’s good to read that the Windows 7 RC download will be available from May 5th through July 2009!

The Windows 7 RC will be available from May 5 through July

And if you’re unable to get your key? I’m not sure if the how-to I published back in January will do the job this time, so why don’t get your key right now! You can get it at this Microsoft webpage.

Windows 7 RC Download page not available

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Hmm…just a few minutes ago I blogged that the Windows 7 RC is available for download, but it seems that the whole world is trying to download the Release Candidate..the page is not available anymore….

Windows 7 RC Available for TechNET & MSDN Subscribers

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The Release Candidate of Windows 7 is now available for TechNet & MSDN Subscribers! Use the links below to go to the correct download page at once!

TechNET Subscribers Only!
Windows 7 RC (x86) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC (x64) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Language Pack (x86) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Language Pack (x64) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Checked Build (x86) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Checked Build (x64) – DVD (English)  
   
Windows 7 RC Release Notes (English)  
MSDN Subscribers Only!
Windows 7 RC (x86) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC (x64) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Language Pack (x86) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Language Pack (x64) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Checked Build (x86) – DVD (English)  
Windows 7 RC Checked Build (x64) – DVD (English)  
   
Windows 7 Beta Release Notes (English)  

Windows RC isn’t available to the general public yet (from May 5th it will!), but if you have the ISO image you can still get a valid key here.

100% XP Compatible? – Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott reveal a new Windows 7 application compatibility feature called Windows XP Mode. The only thing I can say about it is that there’s no reason left to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7! Let’s hope so!

Especially in businesses there are a lot of applications which (probably) won’t run perfectly on Windows 7. Windows 7 has a solution for the incompatible applications. It’s called : Windows XP Mode (XPM). 

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XPM is nothing more then a virtual-pc based virtual environment with Windows XP with SP3 installed. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate users can download it for free from the Microsoft Website.

You can compare XPM with Virtual PC, but with the difference that you don’t have to run the virtual environment they way you’ve (probably) tested Windows 7. 🙂 A application which you install inside the XPM environment is simply published to your Windows 7 host as well. That way it’s possible to run XP based applications from your Windows 7 installation!

Paul Thurrott has published cool pictures about the XPM setup on his SuperSite for Windows! Click here to visit the gallery. Rafael has also a nice post about XPM.

Too bad it’s not available for the consumer versions of Windows 7 right now, but Windows 7 is not released yet..so maybe this will change!