Windows 7 Release Candidate

By: Alek Sander

Get your copy of the Windows 7 RC

 

Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is publicly and available right now,it will work for you uninterrupted until 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 install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010.
Plan this 2414MB, because like you can see it’s not a quick download. like the beta, you’ll need to register for a product key. Downloading the Windows 7 RC could take a few hours. The exact time will depend on your internet provider, bandwidth, and traffic. The good news is that once you start the download, you won’t have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If it gets interrupted, it’ll restart where it left off. See this FAQ for details. Unlike the beta version, the RC will work for most of a year from now, and you won’t have to update straight away when Windows 7 is actually released sometime before January (will see)

you can Download the Windows 7 RC Microsoft is releasing what they feel could be the final version. What they will put out to manufacturers and or even wider availability when Microsoft release the product to consumers.


You’ll need to know how to:

  • Troubleshoot problems. You’re pretty much flying solo, so you’ll need to handle your own tech support, and rely on other RC testers for their know-how
  • Burn an ISO file to make an installation DVD
  • Install Windows
  • Backup and restore your PC
  • Set up a network
  • Create and use a system recovery disk

To learn more about the Windows 7 RC, see Frequently asked questions.


You need to have:

  • Internet access (to download Windows 7 RC and get updates)
  • A PC with these system requirements:
    • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
    • 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
    • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Please note these specifications could change. And, some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of “touch,” may require advanced or additional hardware.Windows 7 Release Candidate

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