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Try out Windows 7 free for a year

Try out Windows 7 free for a year

Microsoft says that Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 will get a public release on 5 May 2009.

Microsoft has revealed that the first release candidate of Windows 7 will have a much longer lifespan than previous release candidates, and won’t expire for over a year after its release. PC World reports that that Windows 7 RC1 won’t expire until 1 June 2010, which will effectively give you 13 months to try out the OS for free.

Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 was finally released to Microsoft’s TechNet and MSDN subscribers yesterday, although the rush to download the new OS apparently brought Microsoft’s servers to their knees. According to ComputerWorld, attempts to download Windows 7 RC1 from MSDN during the rush resulted in an error reading: "Sorry, we were unable to service your request," while the TechNet download page simply said "We're sorry! The page you were expecting to see has been removed or is unavailable."

For those of us who don’t have access to MSDN and TechNet, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc says on the Windows 7 team blog that “broader, public availability will begin on May 5.” Even so, this will still give people a long time to try out the new OS before they're forced to buy the full version.

As a point of comparison, Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 expired on 1 June 2007, just nine months after its release. After the cut-off date, PCs with the pre-release OS would reboot every two hours in order to drive you to purchase a full copy of the OS.

According to Microsoft, the new OS isn’t scheduled for an official release until January 2010, but our sister site PC Pro reports that Acer’s vice-president Massimo D'Angelo accidentally announced a release date for the new OS during a press event to announce some new Acer laptops. According to D'Angelo, Acer plans to ship Windows 7 machines by 23 October “and not a day before.”

Are you interested in trying out Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 for over a year, or would you rather wait until the full version is released? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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ComputerKing 1st May 2009, 12:10 Quote
No Kidding ?! WOW, Thanks Joe for this information
tripwired 1st May 2009, 12:16 Quote
Windows 7 is brilliant, I'm using it on my work PC and laptop but I haven't got round to putting it on my home gaming rig so I'm not sure of the gaming performance. Really makes XP seem like a dinosaur in terms of its appearance and ease of usability. Knowing the RC is going to work until 1st June 2010 is a welcome bonus!
amacieli 1st May 2009, 12:41 Quote
Thanks to tpb, have had RC1 for several days. With this news, I will now install it on all the laptops and desktops owned by my family! Finally purge XP from the ranks. Might as well go for 64 bit, right?
adam_bagpuss 1st May 2009, 12:41 Quote
im on MS technet and its not available for download or get a key either
Turbotab 1st May 2009, 12:51 Quote
I am the only one who thinks that a clean install of Vista, with UAC and indexing turned off, is really not that bad, and that Windows 7 is not that big an improvement over the above?
JyX 1st May 2009, 12:52 Quote
May the 5th is the original launch day when the online download system will probably give users valid keys...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turbotab
I am the only one who thinks that a clean install of Vista, with UAC and indexing turned off, is really not that bad, and that Windows 7 is not that big an improvement over the above?
Probably!
UncertainGod 1st May 2009, 12:52 Quote
Excellent news, time to upgrade all the house PC's at last.
tripwired 1st May 2009, 12:53 Quote
Keys for Windows 7 should still be available.

Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx
Select x32 or x64 and your language, then sign in with your Windows Live ID. it should then present you with a valid key.

The Windows 7 ISO downloads are not directly available from MS anymore, although they can be easily and reliably sourced from other sites.
adam_bagpuss 1st May 2009, 13:01 Quote
there beta keys not release candidate keys, not sure if they will work.

since beta expires in aug i thought that it will need different keys
ashchap 1st May 2009, 13:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turbotab
I am the only one who thinks that a clean install of Vista, with UAC and indexing turned off, is really not that bad, and that Windows 7 is not that big an improvement over the above?

I agree. Ever since vista came out It was clear that most of the people bashing it were just following the crowd. Vista is re released with a few tweaks (and named windows 7) and for some reason the crowd has done a U-turn and everyone loves it! It just makes me chuckle really.
Turbotab 1st May 2009, 13:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ashchap
I agree. Ever since vista came out It was clear that most of the people bashing it were just following the crowd. Vista is re released with a few tweaks (and named windows 7) and for some reason the crowd has done a U-turn and everyone loves it! It just makes me chuckle really.

I remember when XP was launched, many people disliked it, saying that it required too much ram. If you ask me, the main reason W7 is more popular than Vista, is that hardware has had two years to catch up.
perplekks45 1st May 2009, 13:20 Quote
Well... and another 6 GB to download. :)
ry@n 1st May 2009, 13:20 Quote
Im helping a friend build his first PC, he doesn't want to spend over £100 for Vista so this will be perfect :)
Star*Dagger 1st May 2009, 14:32 Quote
Vista takes some advanced knowledge to get working right, since only less than 1% of PC users have this knowledge Vista got a bad rap.
Should an Os ship and work without tweaking, yes. Is Vista a 6 headed dragon bent on lawful evil domination of the world, No.

Thanks for keeping it real Turbo.

Yours in Lawful Good Plasma,
Star*Dagger
coolius 1st May 2009, 16:15 Quote
I'm running Windows 7 RC1 right now, definitely an improvement over the beta, let alone vista!
thehippoz 1st May 2009, 16:42 Quote
yeah turbo it's posts like trips that make me XD.. they did the mohave experiment and pretty much found people are sheep.. apple sheep! (not pointing this at you trip- just alot of people who've never seen vista have the same reaction :D)

so far gui improvements with open apps.. they are improving performance with the way it handles memory with open apps too.. I'll switch my main rig next year with the retail release, use this install on new rigs

this is a good step for microsoft, gives them a chance to fix the ui for the facebook crowd and turn off some features in vista that aren't notebook friendly

they just need to get away from the word vista..
GoodBytes 1st May 2009, 17:36 Quote
The question now, is when you maximize a widow, does the boarders turn opaque, like in Vista? Or does it stay transparent and and continues to detract you for no reason.

Also, they still have a lot of stuff to fix:
http://www.windows7taskforce.com/sort/popular/t/all
Krikkit 1st May 2009, 18:40 Quote
When the retail version comes, will we be able to upgrade RC1 or will we have to start again?

I'm definitely putting this on my laptop tbh, it needs a new install, what a perfect time to try it! :D
GoodBytes 1st May 2009, 18:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
When the retail version comes, will we be able to upgrade RC1 or will we have to start again?

I'm definitely putting this on my laptop tbh, it needs a new install, what a perfect time to try it! :D

You CAN technically upgrade, but that would be like upgrading Vista to Vista... or Win7 to Win7.
What you risk is that bugs from the RC to the retail. And also, consider that probably it is something that is not tested by Microsoft, as it's kinda useless to spend money on something that will occur only once and for very few users. Time and resources could be spend in fixing bugs and improvement.
quack 1st May 2009, 21:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by adam_bagpuss
there beta keys not release candidate keys, not sure if they will work.

since beta expires in aug i thought that it will need different keys
Beta keys work on the RC.
quack 1st May 2009, 21:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
When the retail version comes, will we be able to upgrade RC1 or will we have to start again?
You will need to edit a file in the ISO before you can upgrade from a beta to RC, or RC to RTM.

1. Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD.
2. Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).

Or simply unpack the ISO

3. Browse to the sources directory.
4. Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.
5. Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000.
6. Save the file in place with the same name.
7. Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.
perplekks45 1st May 2009, 23:02 Quote
I'd rep++ you for that quack, but the rep system is a bitch.
Thanks for sharing. ;)
tictactoe 1st May 2009, 23:04 Quote
Not sure if anyone else has spotted this, but if you subscribe/are subsribed to MS Tech Net, you can try out a little security quiz for the chance to get a full copy (though they don't mention which edition!) of Windows 7 on DVD. Here's the link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/dd673591.aspx

Good luck ;)

P.S. Zoom!!!
GoodBytes 1st May 2009, 23:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by tictactoe
Not sure if anyone else has spotted this, but if you subscribe/are subsribed to MS Tech Net, you can try out a little security quiz for the chance to get a full copy (though they don't mention which edition!) of Windows 7 on DVD. Here's the link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/dd673591.aspx

Good luck ;)

P.S. Zoom!!!

UK only.
tictactoe 1st May 2009, 23:14 Quote
Sorry everyone not in the UK, my bad :(

Thanks for the heads up Good Bytes, sorry for wasting your clickyness!
GoodBytes 1st May 2009, 23:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by tictactoe
Sorry everyone not in the UK, my bad :(

Thanks for the heads up Good Bytes, sorry for wasting your clickyness!

I still did it. So easy.
tictactoe 1st May 2009, 23:28 Quote
Cool ;) Just glad that it isn't the real world!! (Tho' it probably is somewhere!)
GoodBytes 1st May 2009, 23:42 Quote
The day we have Super Extreme HD webcams.... maybe...
tictactoe 1st May 2009, 23:45 Quote
Ha ha, and only available through Microsoft !!
Digitalize- 1st May 2009, 23:57 Quote
Link to Download, cant find it anywhere....

If i partition my Drive, and make a partition to install W7 on, could i use most of the programs from XP on C:? Just installed and updated and installed a few games, be a PIA to start again.
GoodBytes 2nd May 2009, 00:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digitalize-

If i partition my Drive, and make a partition to install W7 on, could i use most of the programs from XP on C:? Just installed and updated and installed a few games, be a PIA to start again.
I don't really what you mean... so I'll try and answer your question the best I can.
If you create a partition for Win7, you can/should be able to, access file from other drives.
You may run software previously installed on a different partition (different Windows), but expect to have several programs to fail to work, because they might be missing files installed on Win7 that the program needs, or missing registry key items.

If the program does work, expect the following:
- No file association under Win7. (they need to be redone)
- Loss of the program configuration/layout set under XP.
- Loss of program registration.
tictactoe 2nd May 2009, 00:15 Quote
Which download can't you find?

As GoodBytes says, I wouldn't've thought you could run programs that are already installed on XP on another operating system because of the problems listed.
Programs that are stand alone such as CPU-Z for example may well work tho'. Anyone please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this one!
GoodBytes 2nd May 2009, 00:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by tictactoe
Anyone please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this one!
Yes, that is correct.
These programs are either all integrated as it has nothing "fancy" like CPU-Z, or are packaged like my tool I made, NV GPU Pro (which also explains it's large file size).
sui_winbolo 2nd May 2009, 00:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ashchap
I agree. Ever since vista came out It was clear that most of the people bashing it were just following the crowd. Vista is re released with a few tweaks (and named windows 7) and for some reason the crowd has done a U-turn and everyone loves it! It just makes me chuckle really.

There's quite a few tweaks under Windows 7 hood.

I liked Vista to begin with, however, after using Windows 7 since the beta release, I can tell you I won't be loading Vista on any of my personal computers again. Windows 7 is what Vista should have been.

Vista isn't like ME, but it's very similar. Where it differs is people hate Vista just 'cause. People hated ME because it was buggy as hell.

Vista was a step in the right direction, Windows 7 will be the final push into a new operating system that I think many people will enjoy.
GoodBytes 2nd May 2009, 01:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sui_winbolo
Windows 7 is what Vista should have been.
Windows 7 is what any previous should have been. This is evolution of software.
I can say that on anything. Oh the PS3 is what the NES should have been. Yes, you might say, "No because the NES was limited by the technology that did not exists back then". Well same for software. That is why you have Computer Scientist and Software Engineers working, make create new ways on improving or re-creating new parts to make them better. This is technology program. As soon as people will get out there has that software is nothing, and that an OS is just a GUI, the better. Software is like hardware.. technology progress applies to both.

Quote:
Vista isn't like ME, but it's very similar.
Yes, you know what else is similar to YOU... or I think you wanted to say WinMe, is Unix, MacOS, Linux, all other versions of Windows. Yes! They are all Operating Systems. Brilliant no!
You have no idea what WinMe was. WinMe is Windows 98SE where they changed some files with Windows 2000 system file and hope that it works. This is like you take 2 cars a Ford and a Toyota, you cut them in half, and you connect the Ford with the Toyota, and put chewing gum to hold both parts and fill the gaps. Have a save driving! This is was in a time were Microsoft was like third party companies with the Nintendo Wii. They think they can make a quick buck by selling crap, selling the name "Windows" and "Microsoft" on a peace of turd. Like if Apple would sell turn with an apple logo on it. This does NOT work. Since then Microsoft learn that, and a lot of changes has been done to Microsoft to stop being like that, and stop caring on what they release, knowing that if they can't make it, then they will lose. They are not invincible.

But you are correct on the "It's hip to say Vista sucks"-trend.
Quote:
Where it differs is people hate Vista just 'cause.
They are reasons why Vista was not liked. The main one is IT managers, that says that Vista sucks (not talking about the need of system performance to run it) to computer illiterates, which in turn is where it is then miss interpreted happen as they don't and DO NOT WANT TO understand anything and amplify the problem to make it more interesting and say to another person where the same scenario goes on and on... to a point of saying "Vista sucks... 'cause.... I don't know"). Vista failed not because of the OS, but how the managers screwed up the release of the OS. Lack of information and documentation on companies to make drivers. Lack of documentation on how to jump from XP to Vista. Lack of documentation on how to configure systems (desktop/laptops/servers) for businesses to keep everything in flow documentation, pushing the wrong OS version (32-bit instead of the 64-bit) or at least spend more time in polishing the 32-bit Vista instead of seeing it work and decide to ship it, hence all the problem reported to Vista affecting the 32-bit version only, and news media, without testing were saying both versions.
Also, the big surprise of the release. No buisness was expected to have Vista release after all these delays. It was like the Duke'nukem Forever of Windows. Since 2003 is was delays. OEMs and businesses were producing/getting non Vista ready systems, as they did not know better. YES Microsoft gave information to hardware manufacture to make drivers/software on Longhorn.. but that keep chnaging and changing non stop.. that the businesses didn't care, anymore. They did not even care about having Vista beta and use that to develop drivers, because they beleived it would change again. So it comes to a conclusion of not having any drivers. These are some reasons why Buisness IT manager didn't like Vista... not to mention the cost of training, new peripherals, new systems, just for employees to use Word and alike software. The cost was so high that they decide to wait until support gets too expensive and change the systems, and preferred to purchased additional security software, instead. And the recession did not help.

I would expect Win7 to be picked up by most companies at it's end of life.
sui_winbolo 2nd May 2009, 01:49 Quote
I got bored reading your post. So I didn't.

:)

About Millennium Edition, I'm not saying they were built the same, I'm comparing the trend of hating Vista to the hatred of Millennium Edition.

People had a right to hate Millennium Edition because it didn't work, Vista on the other hand, works.

I just hate the ignorant computer users that hate an operating system just because they don't want to learn a new operating system.

Let me elaborate on why I believe Windows 7 is what Vista should have been.

Vista was a nice refresher, but I wasn't really blown away. Before Vista SP1, Vista startup was disappointing. I would have to wait 30 seconds or so for my screen to flash black for a brief second, before I could use my laptop. The sidebar was alright, but it felt limited in features. When I installed the Windows 7 beta, I got a feel good feeling. "This is something Microsoft can be proud of." That's what I thought. :)

Oh btw, I eventually read your post,
GoodBytes 2nd May 2009, 02:48 Quote
Got it :)
Slyr7.62 2nd May 2009, 03:11 Quote
I agree with most of your post SUI. I'm not still w/ XP because I hate Vista or Win7. I'm still on XP because it works with all of my programs and I'm not going to cash out for a "new" OS quite yet.

This Win7 One-year try-out is very good IMO.
logan'srun 2nd May 2009, 08:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by tripwired

The Windows 7 ISO downloads are not directly available from MS anymore, although they can be easily and reliably sourced from other sites.

Link please - google is not my friend today + all torrent sites I'm not keen on. . .
The_Beast 2nd May 2009, 09:47 Quote
Sounds sweet, I may have to do a duel boot to try it out
rjkoneill 2nd May 2009, 10:53 Quote
People who don't like vista have rubbish computers
leexgx 2nd May 2009, 12:15 Quote
very true but not allway to rubbish i have got an laptop (NX6110) apart from the DVD drive been Slow to read the disk, you would not think windows 7 could work like this does, it is an old celeron P4 1.6 cpu and 512mb ram and 60gb hdd, it works fine on it, if i put vista on it the laptop is not very useable or takes alot longer for vista to be ready so i can start clicking on things

Both of these ISO are MSDN untouched the links should be direct torrent link to them so all you need is utorrent or something like it

32bit ver
http://www.mininova.org/get/2521167
2353 seeds, 2832 leechers

64bit ver
http://www.mininova.org/get/2521354
1734 seeds, 2727 leechers

or download it from news groups

UK
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/dd673591.aspx
or
US
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd353205.aspx

if your not english goto google and look for < Windows 7 beta UK > (replace UK with your short windows code and it should come up with an link like above maybe) keys are not lang limited so if you get an UK or US key it work what ever lang you pick when installing

as with vista both keys are for both versons 32 bit or 64 bit Both keys work (as i proved on my laptop)
logan'srun 2nd May 2009, 16:08 Quote
thanks for the links, I have been looking at TPB but everything there for the 64bit version seemed to have viruses. .
thehippoz 2nd May 2009, 17:35 Quote
here's to check the hash in windows.. http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/MD5-Check.shtml

the md5 hash for the real x64 version is: 98341AF35655137966E382C4FEAA282D
Digitalize- 2nd May 2009, 22:36 Quote
Cheers for the link, gonna start torrenting it now on the MacBook.
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