Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

Summary: The official Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now available from both the Windows download site and Microsoft TechNet. Several bloggers have reported intermittent problems with the download servers, but they seem to be working now.

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The official Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now available from both the Windows download site and Microsoft TechNet. Several bloggers have reported intermittent problems with the download servers, but they seem to be working now.

The RC will be available for download through July 2009 and there is no limit to the number of downloads. You can continue to run it until next March, when it will start shutting down every few hours (the official expiration date is June 2010).

The much-discussed XP Mode will be also available for download starting today. This is a beta version of the Window Virtual PC utility for applications that won't run in Windows 7. With earlier builds of Windows 7, I've had some trouble with VPN clients and mobile broadband cards, but otherwise I haven't run into many issues with compatibility or reliability using Windows 7 betas.

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  • It will shut down every few hours beginning in March???

    [i]You can continue to run it until next March, when it will start shutting down every few hours (the official expiration date is June 2010).[/i]

    It will shut down every few hours???? Even though it doesn't expire until June????

    Well that certainly makes a lot of sense, and certainly won't piss anyone off, will it?

    Hallowed are the Ori
    • NEXT March.... and by that time

      Everyone should be on the actual final release of Windows 7. If they aren't..... they are either stupid or cheap.
      Lerianis
      • But that isn't the point.

        I don't have an issue with the RC slamming into a brick wall in June 2010, but why do the shutdown thing every few hours starting in March?

        Why not just have it pop up warning balloons informing the user that in x number of days they're going to be staring at a black screen and then cutting it off on June 1st?
        Hallowed are the Ori
        • almost a YEAR for free

          Ok, so it's going to get unreliable...
          1>>> It's not like that's "unexpected". [i](just to get the jokes out of the way)[/i]

          2>>> It's free...use it or not no-one's forcing you.
          So they gave us a [b][u]free copy[/b][/u] to keep the try-out people from hacking a copy.

          You REALLY think you have a complaint? Come on... Stop and thiink first.
          >>You can be [b]ANTI-MS[/b] if you want. But please, try not to look like a rabid 60's protester against the "system".<<

          Let it go....there are other REAL complaints out there...take up the banner for those causes :()

          -dawgy
          SumDawgy
          • <Sigh> As I said....

            I do not have an issue with the RC slamming into a brick wall on June 1, 2010. My "complaint" was that the OS will begin shutting down at two hour intervals a full two months before the official end of the RC.

            Shut down or no shut down however, it will not have any effect on me, since I will have already bought 7, or decided to stay on XP. Probably the former.

            Hallowed are the Ori
          • The Real Cost

            In March, you will get the shocker of what the real price will be and they want to give you enough time to scramble and reinstall the original Windows that you copied over!
            cisaac1@...
      • Wrong, very wrong!

        "Everyone" will probably be using a computer with the OS that was provided with it, or one of their own choosing: XP and Linux on Netbooks; Vista elsewhere and even MacOSX!!!! Some may even be using Windows7.

        Those who paid to use machines with proprietary software are hardly "cheap" and those who use stable, secure and free software cannot be stupid.

        Where does that leave people who make foolish comments without prior thought?
        grax
    • This is not a bug, it's a feature.

      Just like the rest of Microsoft's feature rich software.
      Roc Riz
    • Shutdown

      If it starts to shutdown just make a shortcut to the famous Shutdown -a command :P
      janfebmar@...
    • You're getting a free copy of the new OS for almost an entire year....

      and you're complaining? Wow.
      hoffmancarl
      • Oh for the love of...

        My "complaint" was NOT that the RC can't be used forever, it was that the OS will begin shutting down at two hour intervals two months before the official end of the RC.

        It will not have any effect on me, since I probably will have already bought 7 by that time. Or decided to stay with XP.
        Hallowed are the Ori
  • Um.....

    [i]You can continue to run it until next March, when it will start shutting down every few hours (the official expiration date is June 2010).[/i]

    Um yeah, you might want to go into a little more detail about this....
    Badgered
    • Other MS previews have done the same thing

      No big deal - you either pony up and purchase the licensed version (which will be out long before that time), or you don't. Hasn't MS done this before with other software previews? It sure sounds familiar... and reasonable.

      Geez, the drama queens on here...
      ejhonda
      • re: drama queens .......

        yea your right, this lot is a bunch of drama queens. Obviously they have never ever tried unregistered shareware before.

        Instead of whinning about the bi-hourly shutdowns (which may be a good thing in itself for OH&S reasons) maybe they should be asking how quickly they can restart windows - will it be possible to restart windows immediately or will there be a waiting period?

        but lets not forget the most important thing - we are getting an unemcumbered version of windows for FREE for a whole year (and this would have to include any SPs and fixes for the same period).

        But then, you simply cant please some people AT ALL.
        goldenpirate@...
  • RE: Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

    Geez, the drama queens on here...

    LMAO, one of the funniest comments I've seen on here.
    scouser73
  • RE: Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

    LOL Indeed. Some folks are just born to complain - give them a million dollars in fifties and they'll complain that it isn't in hundreds.
    KJ451
  • RE: Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

    Apparently you're only one of the cool people if you hate Microsoft and the way they do business. If you don't like Microsoft, don't do business with them.

    Wait...Microsoft has like 90% market share... Looks like you're stuck with them, huh?

    Sux to be you!
    whiplashm1@...
  • It looks like Vista...

    and a little bit repainted...
    MarkyGoldstein
  • Arrrghh

    I can't take it, a release candidate that expires and
    I know about it ahead of time. How dare Microsoft
    behave this way. I am so troubled by this that I will
    download the RC, install it, and complain about it
    every step of the way. When the expiration comes and
    things happen that I had full understanding of, I will
    cry a river and look for a crack.
    ScotlynHatt
    • just imagine .........

      if you didn't have any warning at all - then instead of crying a river you'd be crying an ocean and still looking for a crack.
      goldenpirate@...