Windows 7 RC download goes live

The wait is over folks, Microsoft has published the download page for the Windows 7 RC. As we noted earlier, the download was scheduled to launch tomorrow and was to be available worldwide. Coming straight from the download page, here are Microsoft's notes for the release candidate:

  • You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
  • Watch the calendar. 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 install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You'll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)
  • Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don't test the RC on your primary home or business PC.
  • Tech details/updates: Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes and Things to Know for important information about the release.
  • Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.
  • Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.
  • Installation: You can install the Windows 7 RC on a PC running Windows Vista without backing up the PC—but we encourage you to make a backup for safe keeping. If you're running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you'll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.

So without further a-do folks, click here to go to Microsoft's download center and download the Windows 7 RC. Microsoft has also launched the Technet download which you can find here. On a side note, it appears as if you will be issued a new product key for the RC. It is most likely going to give you the extended time for using the RC if you have downloaded from another source. Installation instructions can be found here.

If you're wondering what has changed from the beta release to the RC, click here to read our guide. Is your system up-to-par for Windows 7? Microsoft has confirmed new system requirements for Windows 7, click here for more information.

Kudos to Jbenisek for letting us know.

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I actually had quite a few problems with the RC, and guess what, they all fixed themselves. I got my first error for my Zune which the Zune software couldn't even fix but Windows took a look at it and fixed it. I switched to the RC as my main OS until I get a new computer sometime in the next year. The best Windows OS I've used yet.

EDIT: Forgot, the fastest setup ever. Installation took about 20 minutes on my Dual Core, 2GB RAM laptop. Installing all my programs and it only took about 2 hours.

I just wanted to update everyone and let them know that I have created a website with a video tutorial, as well as links to downloads and instructions on how to install Windows 7 RC using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. It's pretty extensive, and I put a LOT of effort into it. Please please feel free to check it out here:

http://www.b3an.com/Windows7

OMG!! The Akamai DM truely sucks here.
Got the corrupt file warning at 100% for the third time!!!

Connection reset when plain download with IE.

Damn, I'll try plain download with Firefox next.

Plain download with Firefox failed too.
Download got cut off at 18mb.

Ok, next trick is via Down Them All! in Firefox :P
By the way, anyone knows any reliable torrent?

i also got it "Error"(ed) sometimes, and i closed everything(dont Cancel-it'll delete everything) and re started the whole thing again via the Desktop Shortcut of the Download Manager, kept getting errors and finally worked after 4 tries...........

installed it i don't feel any improvement over 7077 , but it's nice to know that Microsoft is preparing a nice update to vista.

I am posting this from my Inspiron 9300 laptop, now on Windows 7 RC. It works perfectly.

The only problem I had was with the audio driver. But to my surprise, I downloaded the XP audio drivers from Dell and they work.

I am seriously considering upgrading my desktop.

I have also ditched Vista in favor of the Windows 7 RC. This is, without a doubt, the best version of Windows I have used in a long time. I have an old PC, but everything - from installation to driver updates - has been completely painless. Great job, Microsoft!

I made the switch from Vista to Windows 7 RC as my full time OS today and have not regretted it yet, MUCH MUCH better than Vista and I'm a Vista fan!

I can't wait until this spreads through the business world because it will make my job as an IT Administrator soooo much more easy!

Tech Greek said,
I made the switch from Vista to Windows 7 RC as my full time OS today and have not regretted it yet, MUCH MUCH better than Vista and I'm a Vista fan!

I can't wait until this spreads through the business world because it will make my job as an IT Administrator soooo much more easy!



I ejected Vista Ultimate last week (64-bit) and went entirely with 7 RC 64-bit as sole OS. Why? Stability, stability, stability.

Even with a mere gigabyte of system RAM, I have not had a BSOD, even though I push to the point where 32-bit versions of 7/Vista/XP would BSOD or otherwise cry uncle.

Unless I'm really missing something, search is VERY difficult to use and unhelpful (comapred to Search 4.0 in XP).

Also, I prefer the Vista minimise, maximise and close buttons, the way they're flush means you're less like to miss! :P

Also not really liking Media Player 12 compared to 11.

Also not showing preview windows when overing over an open program on the task bar - but thinking that may be a graphics issue?

And finally, I still wish the Windows orb stuck out a bit like in Vista :D

Pretty cool stuff though my iccle gripes aside

wotsit said,
Unless I'm really missing something, search is VERY difficult to use and unhelpful (comapred to Search 4.0 in XP).

Also, I prefer the Vista minimise, maximise and close buttons, the way they're flush means you're less like to miss! :P

Also not really liking Media Player 12 compared to 11.

Also not showing preview windows when overing over an open program on the task bar - but thinking that may be a graphics issue?

And finally, I still wish the Windows orb stuck out a bit like in Vista :D

Pretty cool stuff though my iccle gripes aside

Click start, type... how is it difficult to use?

AFAIK, the minimise, maximise, and close buttons haven't changed... am I missing something?

What don't you like about WMP12?

Do you have Aero enabled? If not, the preview windows won't show...

Yeah, looks like Aero isn't on! doh!

WMP 12 - I think the interface and look of 11 is better.

Search - I don't feel like there's enough control or dig down options?

I got it all installed, XP Mode as well, including that RAILS update that you had to run inside the VM, however I have one question. The applications that I installed inside the VM show up in the start menu and I can run the fine w/o having to run the VM separately which is awesome but does anyone know how to get Internet Explorer 6 to show there as well? I've seen screen shots of IE8 and IE6 running side-by-side without the VM itself running but I have not been able to figure that out yet and for me being able to run IE6 standalone would be absolutely awesome!

I am a web developer and having quick access to IE6 w/o having to run the VM itself will make my life so much easier. I've been searching on Google all day today but no info so far (I guess it's too soon) so if anyone knows how to show IE6 in the start menu and run it w/o the VM running please let me know!!!

Open the XP virtual Machine, and create a shortcut to IE in the all users start menu folder -

C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuPrograms

This will work for any of the "built-in" windows apps.

Tried an upgrade. Boo Hoo. No control panel. Jscript.dll and mshtml.dll corrupt and cannot re-register. Error codes both blame Norton, which has never been near the machine. Thats what I get for not doing a clean install. Total PC restore and mess with it some other day.

Found it. I was running Directory Opus as an Explorer replacement. That is a known issue I failed to research first. No fix yet.

Juski814 said,
anyone, out of curiosity, know how well windows 7 works through bootcamp? i'd like to give it a whirl just to see what its like.

I'd assume just as well as it would on any other Intel-based platform. You shouldn't have very many driver problems, as Windows 7 generally works with Vista drivers just fine.

But then I don't own a Mac. (Correction: I don't own an Intel-based Mac. I still have a few G3s.)

yay.... i've upgraded from 7000 to 7100

the ATI drivers BSoD again.... when i attempted to install the latest ones over the beta drivers.... works fine when i uninstalled the beta drivers before installing the latest drivers....

oh yea.... it took me about 3 hours to upgrade....

mocax said,
yay.... i've upgraded from 7000 to 7100

the ATI drivers BSoD again.... when i attempted to install the latest ones over the beta drivers.... works fine when i uninstalled the beta drivers before installing the latest drivers....

oh yea.... it took me about 3 hours to upgrade....


If you're using the beta 9.4 (or earlier) Vista or 7 drivers, switch to the RTM Catalyst 9.4s (this is a unified Vista/7 set) if you're running 7 RC 64-bit and have HD2xxx or newer GPUs; do NOT install Catalyst 9.4 (in either Vista or 7) if you have X1K or older GPUs (as they are not supported by that version). My Mom and I are both running 7 RC (32-bit in Mom's case, and 64-bit in mine; we both have ATI-powered graphics cards).

Tom W said,
Are you surprised? You're supposed to clean install...

Upgrading from beta to RC is not supported/suggested; upgrading from Vista *is* supported.

Actually it IS supported, MS even tell you how to. But yes they really want you to do a fresh install for testing purposes.

i'm not surprised, because it took me several 4 hour installs for me to upgrade from Vista to 7 beta, due to bsod from bad creative drivers...
i had to yank that soundcard out of my pc for a successful installation....

i took another risk by upgrading too, just to let ye cool blokes at neowin know.... my wma files are still playing fine!
no bonked DRM in my upgrades from Vista to 7000 to 7100.

too bad i'll have to backup my wma's when i finally get to install retail version..... come 2010....

It all appears to be downloading fine for me. Can't wait to install this at home and give it a try. No doubt will be my OS until Windows 7 goes retail. Glad the problems that plagued the Beta download have been resolved.

If you want to avoid some of the more serious post-update issues, you might want to try these tips, pariticularly turning of AV software prior to installation.

I just generated 5 keys for 32-bit and 5 keys for 64-bit, one of the keys showed up for each version, so there is indeed some key overlap going on, which indicates a strong possibility of a finite number of keys, with multiple/infinite uses, like in the previous betas. I am pretty sure the keys are bit-independent like Vista keys are.

roadwarrior said,
Wow, amazing. You just discovered a fact that others have know for a while now. What rock have you been under?

I don't know, maybe the fact that *other* people here have been asking about the keys and if they are unique/multiple use. Quit being snarky and RTFT before blasting people, k? Just because the previous builds were that way didn't mean this RC was going to be the same. Man I tell ya, you provide a little advice or info around here and you get people that stick it up your rear.

I'm just here to say I've successfully downloaded and installed it, and I couldn't be happier. Now I have to reinstall all my damn programs >.>

Had to do some work around the house which I was not pleased about but never the less it saves the nagging... All done burning to DVD now time to install.

chow for now.

i wonder if they are going to run out of product keys like the beta again. I already got 3 keys from having to restart IE to get the DL manager working right

Did you even bother to read the first bullet point in the article?

You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.

They never ran out of product keys anyway. They just cycle through around 25 shared keys... and you could still get them even after they pulled the download from the site.

Been using since May 2. Been working wonderfully. Much faster, more stable, etc... Also, i was getting 1.2 MB/s download speed (ISP is Comcast) from California. Hope everyone enjoys this as much as I have so far.

ripgut said,
Linkage?


No because we do not sanction unauthorized distribution of Microsoft's ISO packages. If you're having problems downloading, you should contact Microsoft. Otherwise go use Google.

Any direct links to the 64-bit file? I've had four botched downloads using the Download Manager (using both FF & IE) - Fatal/Corrupt.

Thanks

Om nom nom... zat was delicious!

Now, to download Windows 7. Too bad I have to download both 64 and 32 bit versions as I can't run 64 bit in VPC D:

One to install, and one to VPC...

Recon415 said,
Om nom nom... zat was delicious!

Now, to download Windows 7. Too bad I have to download both 64 and 32 bit versions as I can't run 64 bit in VPC D:

One to install, and one to VPC...

x64 runs fine in my Virtualbox?

I have to say, I'm impressed with how fast the download is going. I'm at 43% in 15 minutes on a cable modem service in NYC. (for the record)

meh and allready bluescreened, tried to update from vista, dunno what caused it but atleast it reverted me back to a working vista

DKAngel said,
meh and allready bluescreened, tried to update from vista, dunno what caused it but atleast it reverted me back to a working vista

You know, while you can upgrade from an XP/Vista installation its really NOT recommended. And this is the very reason. You'll never find out if that BSOD was from vista or 7.

No, this year. The final test versions of Windows always have a long expiration date. There's no way Microsoft would sit on it for over a year.

Think he meant to type 2009.

October 2010 is financial suicide. You're missing two back-to-school and one Christmas shopping seasons.

Does anyone know if and when the MSDNAA version will be updated(prefer to download it off there if it's going to appear anytime soon? It still says Windows 7 Beta for me, I'm assuming it will change to be called RC when it's updated?

Thanks

No its basically the same as Vista one machine per licence, if you installed on another machine you would probably find you might have to call MS to activate the OS, just tell them this is installed on one machine, they down't check.

Wrong. There are 10 public keys, and any of those keys can be used for unlimited installations. This has been repeatedly stated, but it seems that most people here have attention spans equivalent to a gnat.

Total n00b question but can use the provided key to install this on multiple machines? I've been searching around but haven't found an answer.

donBoomy said,
Total n00b question but can use the provided key to install this on multiple machines? I've been searching around but haven't found an answer.

Just refresh the page that loads with the download link and key given, you will get a new key then that you can use to install on different machine as well. Although I am fairly sure you can actually use the key given for multiple installations, the one key/one machine license won't start until final version.

donBoomy said,
Total n00b question but can use the provided key to install this on multiple machines? I've been searching around but haven't found an answer.
Yes, you can. I have done it a few times already with out any issues since this is a beta/rc thing.

Thank god I'm a subscriber downloading now as we speak and thankfully the RC does not expire until way past the final release... This will probably be the second OS I have ever purchased sine Windows XP in 2001. 20 minutes to go... Technet is downloading very fast today considering this has been released to Techneet subscribers and public release. Does Technet get preference for downloading Windows 7 than downloading via the Windows 7 website for the public release because the download is flying through.

41 Secs left....? I'm very excited.

Done... Dam it I need to reinstall Nero to burn to a disc.

FusionOpz said,
Use Windows 7's inbuilt ISO burner >.>

You're assuming he's using the Windows 7 beta or any builds after it.

I agree with WA7ER. Use ImgBurn. :P

Hey guys how many times can i use the same product key? is it just like the beta where i could use it up to 3 times?

~X

That depends. Do you have one of the unique keys or one of the 10 public keys? If you have one of the public keys, they are unlimited.

Obviously, Microsoft and Team Akamai have gotten something right, as the download is *smoking* here. I'm averaging *over* a megabyte/second (8 AM EDT); typically unusual for such a porky download (3.05 GB 64-bit ISO).
While I have cable HSI, I have Blast! (Comcast HSI DOCSIS 1.1), not one of those fancy FIOS or DOCSIS 3.0 home connections (despite both being available in my area).

E.Fahd said,
I'm a bit late to the game but is it confirmed RC is actually 7100 that leaked weeks ago ? same build string ?


Good God, will you people please READ what people have said repeatedly here (in this news post and other threads in the forums here)????

"The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours."
--------------------
Translation, Windows 7 expires March 2010, NOT June 2010.

That Akamai Download Mangaer got me corrupted download 2 times.
Now trying plain download via IE, slow but hope that it will not be corrupted.

If it gives an "Error" close it and double click the shortcut on the Desktop, it worked for me.... try this several times.... plin downloads are Scary,if you go blank at 99%, everythings gone unless ur downloading via a Down Manager.......

Well, the downloader tell me that the download is corrupted when its 100% and suggests a redownload.

For 2 times.

Connection reset for my plain download via IE.
Guess I'll try again in the morning.

anyone know how to increase the no of concurrent connections in the Akamai Download Manager ?? My ISP gives 512kbps speed and im really enjoying that and 9 more hours remaining

Hey Just check my reply (28.2) I guess that will solve ur safari Problem. You can download it through any of your download manager software.

total_n00b said,
Hey Just check my reply (28.2) I guess that will solve ur safari Problem. You can download it through any of your download manager software.

It worked with copying and pasting the link instead of just clicking on it, thanks!

It has already been checked and is the same. Won't you bother to read the repeated comments and threads around here about this please?

Thankfully being in the UK, meant I got sleep and still able to download it before the mad rush .. having tested the earlier versions, this is the vista that should have been released in the 1st place...........

The 2 hour cut off thing is actually pretty good - much better than just locking people out, especially as most people a year from now will have been drunk too many times to remember the end date!

As for not using it on a primary pc... we know you gotta say that Microsoft, but seriously, is anyone NOT using Windows 7 RC1 as their main OS except perhaps on a (very old) netbook?

Windows 7 has broken pre-release etiquette by being perfectly usable and virtually bug free (as bug free as vista RTM/SP1 for example!)

I am a MAC user and i am downloading this to see what it is like, i use Windows XP at work and have used Vista in the past so am interested to see what this is like.

zoonyx said,
It's vista, but usable :D

I really liked this one ,windows 7 is "a usable vista" :))
good point there.

I am currently downloading it at 1.09 MB/sec. Finally, I can actually try Windows 7. I haven't been this excited since the days of Longhorn.

FusionOpz said,
does it require hardware virtualization?


Yes. And although my hardware supports it and has it enabled, it Virtual XP still claims that it isn't enabled. Just plain stupid.

Well looks like the leaks were proper.
This is the hashes for the leaks:
x86
MD5: 8867C13330F56A93944BCD46DCD73590
SHA1: 7D1F486CA569EFFFFB719CFB48355BB7BF499712

x64
MD5: 98341AF35655137966E382C4FEAA282D
SHA1: FC867FE1AB2E0A9796F9E4D155B44EA6998F4874

So as you all can see, they're the same.

I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning with this! I slept for like 2 hours got up to check and well there it was! I'm going on average 500 kb/s.

One thing that somewhat bothers me though.

"Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours."

Isn't there a better way to handle this? I get the point of it but COME ON MS isn't there another way like pop ups or notifications?

Sailorcancer said,
I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning with this! I slept for like 2 hours got up to check and well there it was! I'm going on average 500 kb/s.

One thing that somewhat bothers me though.

"Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours."

Isn't there a better way to handle this? I get the point of it but COME ON MS isn't there another way like pop ups or notifications?

Well you could always install the final release, months earlier.

lflashl said,
i dont think so.... still worth lookin around to see if there is and if there is, it would nothing big, just some little things....


They are bit-for-bit the same, there is no difference. This has been repeatedly verified. Why do people STILL think there will somehow be a difference??

lflashl said,
i dont think so.... still worth lookin around to see if there is and if there is, it would nothing big, just some little things....

Hash values are hash values. Most likely the hash from the official build's identical to the hash of these ISOs, thus absolutely no changes. If hashes match, the file's the same no matter what.

Pulled the 32-bit in 20mins, 64-bit so far 25 mins and still going , impressed everythink worked this time in terms of getting keys etc well smooth compared to the offical beta back in jan!!!! ave it!! but then when word gets around they will get hammered........

Feedback Tool is gone. Instead, it "calls home" frequently. :D
"This is the really fun part of the testing process: you help by simply using the RC. When you do, your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to validate the changes and fixes they made based on the Beta tests and your feedback."

Saying 4 hours or so left for my download. I wish I was at home rather than where I'm staying for school... Much better internet speed there

After reading this article I was able to DL the 32-bit flavor and had it within an hour and a half. I will install it tomorrow, since it's a little too late for this ol' Relic to be up. BTW, it dl'ed fine in Firefox.

Only bad things about the "unlimited" keys is they are public keys (or at least most of them) I refreshed through about 10 different keys and all of them brought up a website through google containing Windows 7 RC, and the key I did a search for.

I think I will stick to my Unique beta key unless they change something to disallow it from being used.

yea, same here, i dd a search with my beta key and still its not in google, so im sticking with my beta..

I don't understand why you would think the unlimited public keys are somehow bad. They are still valid, and work just the same as the unique keys. Neither type will be valid for RTM anyway, so its not like you get any special treatment by sticking to the unique keys.

roadwarrior said,
I don't understand why you would think the unlimited public keys are somehow bad. They are still valid, and work just the same as the unique keys. Neither type will be valid for RTM anyway, so its not like you get any special treatment by sticking to the unique keys.
I know, I didnt mean it was bad as in not good for MS, I just prefer to use a key unique to me and me only when the other option is to use a public key so its "bad" that the only keys they are giving out are public keys.

roadwarrior said,
You still didn't explain why you think it is somehow better to have a unique key.

Yes, I did:

mwpeck said,
I know, I didnt mean it was bad as in not good for MS, I just prefer to use a key unique to me and me only when the other option is to use a public key so its "bad" that the only keys they are giving out are public keys.


As in, I never said its better to use a unique key, I simple said I prefer to use one because I have it available.

What version of Windows 7 is this? Pro? Also, is this the official release that they will be selling? If so, can you activate this copy fully (paying of course) without the need to reinstall?

techbeck said,
What version of Windows 7 is this? Pro? Also, is this the official release that they will be selling? If so, can you activate this copy fully (paying of course) without the need to reinstall?


No, this is a release candidate, it won't be the final release.

=>Ultimate
this is an RC, as such, it's not what they're selling. it's the Candidate for [final] Release, hence RC

techbeck said,
What version of Windows 7 is this? Pro? Also, is this the official release that they will be selling? If so, can you activate this copy fully (paying of course) without the need to reinstall?

Its the RC, not the final. When the final comes out you will need to install it. It has all versions on the disc your key decides what gets installed.

techbeck said,
What version of Windows 7 is this? Pro? Also, is this the official release that they will be selling? If so, can you activate this copy fully (paying of course) without the need to reinstall?


The version is Ultimate (RC). AKA Windows 7 Kitchen Sink Edition (KSE).

Is there any KEY for the Professional edition or the Ultimate work too???

(If u want to enable others editions, just have to modify the ISO, Open the Sources folder, find the file Ei.cfg, and delete it)

Sotcr said,
Is there any KEY for the Professional edition or the Ultimate work too???

(If u want to enable others editions, just have to modify the ISO, Open the Sources folder, find the file Ei.cfg, and delete it)

Nope.

shockz said,
Couldn't get to the download page on firefox, but worked fine in ie8

Same here, didn't work in Minefield.

helios01 said,
Nice, downloading. Anybody know if there will be any issues if I dual boot Windows 7 64-bit with Vista 32-bit?

Nope

bmaher said,
Its odd how everyone's getting different speeds - it's absolutely fine here:

may be because your ISP is proxying your connection, while is good in some case (for example to fast download from the cache) but its stink for other uses.

Calum said,
This link doesn't download the file anymore. It now redirects to the Windows 7 homepage :)

The link still works. wget is happily downloading the .iso in the background while I'm typing this.

I posted a trick to avoid redirection but mods removed it . No idea if i violated any rules. I hope i can share it through PM? If anyone needs PM me.

Mephistopheles said,
The link still works. wget is happily downloading the .iso in the background while I'm typing this.

The link still redirects to the Windows 7 homepage for me... odd.

Well, it works for you, so it must work for some others aswell? I apologise for my mis-information :)

total_n00b said,
I posted a trick to avoid redirection but mods removed it . No idea if i violated any rules. I hope i can share it through PM? If anyone needs PM me.

Another moderator removed this because you reported it and in the reason for report, you wrote "Mistake".

As with the other moderator, I would have also thought you meant the process was a mistake. What did you mean in your report?

Either way, it is not against the rules and I can repost it for you if you wish

My bad..i thought the system was asking me to cite reason for editing the post :(.. Anywyas can u repost it for me :d Thank You!!

Im trying to download the Spanish version but the when the java is supossed to iniciate, dont do anything (I have Java and enable the complement)

Spanish: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_es-es_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_es_dvd.iso

What should I do? or what's happening

NIce back again

And I'm shock with your speed, here in Costa Rica the best speed is 1MB (so, download to 128kbs) :(

Getting it from microsoft @ 1.13 MB/s atm. Took me a few min to extract the actual iso link instead of having to use that downloader. Also got 4 keys

SOOPRcow said,
Getting it from microsoft @ 1.13 MB/s atm. Took me a few min to extract the actual iso link instead of having to use that downloader. Also got 4 keys :)

Where did you find the actual link?

Oh not that Java downloader again... That thing was such a headache... I wish they let you just use your own download manager... *sigh*

Hm... And a Fatal Error. It has begun. LOL

its going to start shutting down every two hours starting march 1st? why wouldn't they just make that the expiration date instead of saying its june 1st?

This way people have time to save their data before everything stops, possibly. I don't know the specifics, but that would be my guess.

kevin8441 said,
well at least you know if you have a bad windows key if your machine restarts after 2 hrs lol

HUH?? That has nothing to do with "bad" keys.

It took 6 tires but mine is working, I already downloaded it a few days ago.... but had to get it again
I have 6 more keys now . so guess laptop gets it too now

Thanks for posting this earlier in the forums Jbenisek. Bringing down both right now at 600KB+ for the 2 test machines I have available.

Download not working it seems... file has changed server and blablabla. It won't resume. Oh well. Keep trying.

Edit; 30 seconds later; nevermind.

deck said,
Download not working it seems... file has changed server and blablabla. It won't resume. Oh well. Keep trying.


All is fine on my end, getting a decent 680-720KB/sec download.

Sean Bradford said,
All is fine on my end, getting a decent 680-720KB/sec download.


Yeah... Something wasn't working right to start. I switched to IE (from Firefox) and the download started. Downloading between 600 and 800 kb/s myself.

I'm getting the same.
"Could not resume, file has changed on server. (mismatch file size) Try to download a fresh copy of the URL."

Then it asks me if I want to start over, yes/no. If I hit yes nothing happens. If I hit no nothing happens. Good times.

Edit: Yep, I switched to IE and now it's working.

deck said,
Yeah... Something wasn't working right to start. I switched to IE (from Firefox) and the download started. Downloading between 600 and 800 kb/s myself.

I am using Firefox and have no problems. A Java applet launched and I am getting about 523Kb/s. I am not sure why mine is a bit slower. Probably servers slowing down. Too many people downloading. I normally get about 1MB+/s from MS' servers.

OMGWTFBBWQ!!!111!!eleventyone!11!!!!

I just hope that ClearType actually goes away when you tell it to. Previous versions pretty much ignored what you wanted and shoved ClearType all over the place even if it wasn't being used system wide.

Cleartype is still used on glass areas. I tried turning it off via the Cleartype tuner but I got severe font glitching on my desktop :S

rm20010 said,
Cleartype is still used on glass areas. I tried turning it off via the Cleartype tuner but I got severe font glitching on my desktop :S


And you would want to do that because.....?