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Windows 7 RC1 Availible (at least) until June 30


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#1 o_rly

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:19 AM

Microsoft sent me a newsletter, saying:

Windows 7 Release Candidate Announcement

Thank you very much for your help in testing the Windows 7 Beta. Your feedback is invaluable in helping make Windows 7 a high quality operating system. With your help, we have reached the next major milestone on the journey to Windows 7: the Release Candidate (RC).
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On April 30th, the RC became available to MSDN subscribers and TechNet Plus subscribers.
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On Tuesday, May 5 (PST), the RC will be available to everyone via our Customer Preview Program. As with the Beta, the Windows 7 RC Customer Preview Program is a broad public program that offers the RC free to anyone who wants to download it. It will be available at least through June 30, 2009, with no limits on the number of downloads or product keys available.

So you donít need rush to make sure you get your copy. When youíre ready to download the RC, itíll be waiting for you.


To get the RC please use one of the following links:
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Developers
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IT Pros/Microsoft Partners
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Tech Enthusiasts/Consumers


IMPORTANT: If you are running Windows 7 Beta youíll need to back up your data (preferably on an external device) and then do a clean install of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. After installing Windows 7, you will need to reinstall applications and restore your files. If you need help with the installation process, please see the Installation Instructions.


If youíre running Windows Vista, you can install Window 7 RC without having to back up and reinstall your programs and data. But to be on the safe side, please do backup your data before you start.


Please note: All users of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (including Windows Vista users who have upgraded to the Release Candidate) must do a clean installation of Windows 7 RTM. Please keep this is mind as you consider downloading the Release Candidate as opposed to waiting for the general availability release.


Thanks again for your help in reaching this important milestone. We hope that you will join us in testing the RC and finishing Windows 7!


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Posted 03 May 2009 - 02:31 PM

Got the same one today :huh:
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:18 AM

Just a clarification...

Here is the Microsoft site (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7...structions.aspx) which states:

IMPORTANT: The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you'll need to rebuild your test machine using a valid version of Windows before the software expires. You'll need to rebuild your test PC to replace the OS and reinstall all your programs and data.


Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Ron S

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