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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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...........

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

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.

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