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Windows 7 Release Candidate

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From Tuesday 5th Microsoft are making avaliable for download to the general public Windows 7 release candidate. This is only Beta software so dont install on anything important and will also expire at… Read More
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From Tuesday 5th Microsoft are making avaliable for download to the general public Windows 7 release candidate. This is only Beta software so dont install on anything important and will also expire at some point. Nor sure when but probably early 2010 once the finished version is released. I've been running a Beta version on my Acer Aspire One and have to say am for the most part very happy with it..

You will also need to register with Microsoft Live.

I know some will blow cold coz its Microsoft but give it a chance. this is a vast improvment over Vista.

The link is - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx

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#2
Shouldn't this be in freebies, it is not a deal......

Also worth noting that once they release the final version you'll have to pay for it otherwise it'll stop working. "Windows Genuine Advantage" and all that :thumbsup:
#3
thanks
#4
thanks/
#5
The release candidate doesn't expire until June 1st 2010 so you have a good 13 months to use it, they have decided to give customers plenty of time past release to get used to or review Windows 7 before buying.
Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/164201/windows_7_free.html?tk=rss_news
#6
Annoying that we can't update from the beta.
#7
Valad
Annoying that we can't update from the beta.

any decent honourable firm would give you the final version for helping beta test the pre release effort.

if it's only half as error ridden/incompatable with everything for as long as ,as full release vista was, then you'll more than deserve it!.
#8
I installed the beta and couldn't use any USB devices so couldn't get online with that OS. Anyone know i this will be fixed?

Bryan
#9
This is a superb operating system and is what Vista should have been. I run USB stuff and all sorts and the drivers work fine. You can update from the MS site for your drivers. Stick to the 32bit version for now unless you got all 64 bit programs. Have been running all the beta versions and now the RC for 6 months and am well pleased with it.
#10
hmmmmmmmm - maybe i try
1 Like #11
Valad
Annoying that we can't update from the beta.


You can!
It takes a few steps and isn't for everyone but I did it a couple of weeks ago when I got the RC version
(yes it was available to some before the release date)
Just do the following steps in the order listed.
[LIST=1]
[*]download the RC version
[*]open it with Winrar similar program that opens .iso files http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm
[*]make a new folder on your desltop (or somewhere that's easy to get at)
[*]extract ALL files and folders from the RC download to the new folder you have created
[*] If you downloaded a version that isn't in .iso format skip the previous 3 steps
[*]open the folder you just extracted, and navigate to the Sources directory (folder)
[*]Open the file called cversion.ini
[*]Change miniclient value from 7100 to any lower build no. e.g 7000
[*]save cversion.ini
[*]go back to the root folder
[*]double click (run) the file called Setup.exe
[/List]
This will now start the install from within windows and allow you to upgrade your Beta version to the RC version.



Some of you wont see the file extensions, it depends on how your view is setup, just follow the steps but ignore the extensions, eg to oprn (run) setup.exe you'd just double click the setup file.
#12
nice one , i got my email last night for this so i will be giving it a go , cant wait to get rid of buggy vista .
#13
Will I be able to install this from Linux?
#14
How easy is it to uninstall windows 7 to either XP or Vista. I have 2 laptops. Or will I run the risk of Knobbling one when the demo time runs out unless I pay full price. I suppose I could back up the whole system, but all previous back up software I have tried seems to crash and I would not feel safe having an untested backup around. Also all the changes in a year to a computer will be lots of new software and updates and probably pretty hard to get back to a workable state. Or am I just being paranoid.
#15
how will this run on a netbook, 1.6ghz procerrsor and 1 gb ram
#16
says downloads no longer available? - it gave me a product key though
#17
Very well. Runs perfectly on my dell mini 9.
#18
moggith
says downloads no longer available? - it gave me a product key though


its says tuesday 5th, in title description
#19
moggith
says downloads no longer available? - it gave me a product key though


That key is only for the Beta which is not available for download anymore, the RC1 version wont be available for download until the 5th.
#20
Valad
Annoying that we can't update from the beta.


Why would you want to? just format and reinstall, this is a beta version for test systems, blow it away and get a fresh install in there otherwise something might not upgrade properly etc. Also on the upgrade note, never 'upgrade' an OS to the next version up, its always messy and quite often it doesnt end well!
#21
andiejn
any decent honourable firm would give you the final version for helping beta test the pre release effort.

if it's only half as error ridden/incompatable with everything for as long as ,as full release vista was, then you'll more than deserve it!.


If it was a closed beta to a select group then yeah they might give you a copy at the end (not many will do this though), this is an open beta though so if they gave a copy to everyone for free at the end that would kinda against common business ideals...

Its actually not that 'error ridden/imcompatable', I've had RC1 on many test systems at work and on my own test system at home, its actually really good and been very stable, both 32 bit and 64bit (what I'm running and typing to you on now).
#22
rashriaz
how will this run on a netbook, 1.6ghz procerrsor and 1 gb ram


This runs sweet on my nc10 and I will be installing it as my main os oncei get hold of the rc tomorrow.
#23
bryanspink
I installed the beta and couldn't use any USB devices so couldn't get online with that OS. Anyone know i this will be fixed?

Bryan


Ok please dont assume that because your usb isnt working that the os is completly broken and no one can do this, I've not seen this issue myself at all so I'm thinking its something a bit more specific to your machine.

Try first seeing if the USB ports are listed in device manager or if it has a bunch of unknown devices listed, try the latest chipset drivers for your mobo, try different devices in different plugs (try all the plugs as they may be on different USB controllers so some may work while others not).

If that doesnt work find a windows 7 user to user based help forum, I found a couple of places when I was tracking down the issue I had with my network ports shutting down after rebooting. Managed to get that fixed with a simple forced driver update in the end.
1 Like #24
eye will
How easy is it to uninstall windows 7 to either XP or Vista. I have 2 laptops. Or will I run the risk of Knobbling one when the demo time runs out unless I pay full price. I suppose I could back up the whole system, but all previous back up software I have tried seems to crash and I would not feel safe having an untested backup around. Also all the changes in a year to a computer will be lots of new software and updates and probably pretty hard to get back to a workable state. Or am I just being paranoid.


Dont install this, this beta is clearly not for you. This is beta software and should only go on test systems that you do not mind if it all goes tits up, even if you did install it on one of your main systems then you should only do it knowing full well how to format and resintall your old os yourself.
#25
Allosunshine
This runs sweet on my nc10 and I will be installing it as my main os oncei get hold of the rc tomorrow.


If you are installing this on small comps with limited space have a google of 'vlite' its a tool for stripping down the install so you can remove big chunks of the os that you know you wont ever need. One of the guys at work squeesed it onto an eepc with a 3gb hard drive :D
#26
Will the download simply be an executable file that I can run through Linux to install?
#27
Super_Bob
Ok please dont assume that because your usb isnt working that the os is completly broken and no one can do this, I've not seen this issue myself at all so I'm thinking its something a bit more specific to your machine.


I found this at http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-Fails-to-Play-Nice-with-Legacy-USB-Network-Adapters-100983.shtml dated 29/12/2008

"According to Microsoft, pre-Beta development milestones of Windows 7 fail to play nice with USB network adapters that rely on pre-Windows Vista drivers. The symptoms involve NDIS 5.x USB network adapters not being displayed in the Windows 7 Performance Monitor. NDIS refers to the Network Driver Interface Specification library, which, following the transition from Windows XP to Windows Vista, evolved to version 6.0. Version 5 of NDIS was used by Windows operating systems before Vista. "

"The Redmond company does not have an update to resolve the issue, nor does it indicate that it plans a resolve. With not even a workaround made available for Windows 7, Microsoft is only advising users to make sure that the network adapter comes with drivers updated for NDIS version 6."
#28
VanDutch
Will the download simply be an executable file that I can run through Linux to install?


It will be a .iso which you can download and burn to disc through Linux:thumbsup:
#29
jtx;5114643
It will be a .iso which you can download and burn to disc through Linux:thumbsup:


Ah. I have no CD drive. :x
#30
I'm thinking of getting a new laptop but want to hold off until laptops come with the free Windows 7 upgrade.

Any idea when Microsoft will allow vendors to ship laptops that will allow a free Windows 7 upgrade when it becomes available?

thanks
#31
Voted hot!

I've been using it since the 1st public beta and it's been pretty good. Fast and easy to install, worked with the majority of my hardware far quicker than any other OS I've tried.

Obviously, MS are trying to win people back after the backlash of Vista, but they seem to have got it substantially more right this time.
#32
bryanspink
I found this at http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-Fails-to-Play-Nice-with-Legacy-USB-Network-Adapters-100983.shtml dated 29/12/2008

"According to Microsoft, pre-Beta development milestones of Windows 7 fail to play nice with USB network adapters that rely on pre-Windows Vista drivers. The symptoms involve NDIS 5.x USB network adapters not being displayed in the Windows 7 Performance Monitor. NDIS refers to the Network Driver Interface Specification library, which, following the transition from Windows XP to Windows Vista, evolved to version 6.0. Version 5 of NDIS was used by Windows operating systems before Vista. "

"The Redmond company does not have an update to resolve the issue, nor does it indicate that it plans a resolve. With not even a workaround made available for Windows 7, Microsoft is only advising users to make sure that the network adapter comes with drivers updated for NDIS version 6."


Its an article from 5 months ago about old network drivers...
#33
VanDutch
Ah. I have no CD drive. :x


If you do a search you should be able to find ways of making a USB drive bootable. One thats done you should be able to extract the ISO image using something like Winrar or 7z and then extract it to the USB drive.
#34
One of the Acer models is going to come out in october with it on it or if not a free upgrade when it comes out. They think it will come out earlier than then, but I suppose not too much earlier. Or they would not give a years free software before you have to upgrade, unless it is to get you hooked as reformatting your hard drive and reloading everything again is a pain.
#35
ScoobyDoobyDoo
I'm thinking of getting a new laptop but want to hold off until laptops come with the free Windows 7 upgrade.

Any idea when Microsoft will allow vendors to ship laptops that will allow a free Windows 7 upgrade when it becomes available?

thanks


July 1st. It's really worth waiting, too. :)
#36
tomthered
This is a superb operating system and is what Vista should have been. I run USB stuff and all sorts and the drivers work fine. You can update from the MS site for your drivers. Stick to the 32bit version for now unless you got all 64 bit programs. Have been running all the beta versions and now the RC for 6 months and am well pleased with it.


I'll second that. Installed in VMware initialy but put it straight on my Acer Aspire One A150 and it recognized everything. Didnt even have to install any drivers. would never have evan attempted with Vista as it struggles on a P4 3Ghz 2Gb system nevemind a netbook. I've not had any crash's or errors. In fact my only issue to date is I cant get it to work with my newly purchased 3 USB Mobile broadband stick. Hopefullu sorted in the RC which I dont have access untill the 5th. Free OS for 13 months. Cant be bad :thumbsup:
#37
Also, to give some first hand notes to you guys,

I've been using this RC build for close to a week now and its more stable for me than Vista was. I know all official advice is not to use this in production, but i think if you're smart, and back up regularly (check out mozy.com for free online backup, if you want) then you'll be fine.

I'll keep an eye on this thread and try and answer any questions/issues you guys have with it :)
#38
Tried the beta a few months ago and really liked it, my sound card wouldn't work though so couldn't really use it but i'm more than happy with what i felt about it. Will defiantly buy this OS when it comes out.
#39
will do this, my neighbour installed that latest beta recently and it looks good. tho I've never used vista so it'll be a learning curve. but XP is 7 years old now it would be nice to move to something modern. I need to learn to modernise the way I use computers, I've been bucking against things like tags, music libraries, indexed searches etc.
#40
Just checking - have the usual cretins been along yet to say that vista was "full of bugs and didn't work with anything, stick with XP"? You know, like they said about XP?

Tossers.

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