Windows 7 public beta released, remember to patch

Update 2: We have now posted a method for acquiring a valid key too.

Update: It appears that Microsoft.com is suffering badly with "server too busy" messages. The Windows Team Blog have confirmed MS are struggling and adding more servers. We have direct ISO download links below.

We revealed that Microsoft would be posting a public beta of Windows 7 earlier this week and Microsoft has just made it available on it's TechNet channels.

Entitled Windows 7 beta customer preview program, the company has posted the beta bits to the Microsoft TechNet pages. Be warned it's rather slow at the moment.

Download: Windows 7 x86 (32bit) and x64 (64 bit)

According to Microsoft there are 2.5 million keys to go around worldwide so plenty in other words. Microsoft is also providing a QFE patch for the MP3 corruption issues that have plagued build 7000, this should be online shortly as KB961367. It's extremely important you apply this patch as you may lose parts of your MP3s if the patch is not applied. 32bit and 64bit patches are now available.

It's fully confirmed that the beta 1 build is 7000 that leaked shortly after Christmas. Our members have been discussing the Windows 7 availability for the past week in one of our more popular forum threads. According to sources close to Microsoft, the company is significantly further on from build 7000, having posted 7016 internally recently. It's understood that the development has branched from 7003 onwards ready for the RC/RTM stages.

If you're interested in Windows 7 features then check out our overviews:

Over the next few weeks we will be adding many more focus items on Windows 7 including Touch, Internet Explorer 8, Windows 7 networking and media enhancements. Stay tuned for the ultimate Windows 7 focus from Neowin.net.


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I plan on installing this under Microsoft Virtual PC. Does anyone know how much space I need to allocate to Windows 7? Are there any known issues about doing this?

Thanks,

I think that only 5 keys are issued for the 32 bit version.As after reaching the download/key page,when I refreshed the page a lot of times it came up with these keys only.So everybody enjoy.If anybody is unable to get one he may mail me at farooq.wani@ymail.com

can i get the updates 4 this copy, i mean from now on? coz all the keys are same 5 for 32 bit and 3 for 64 bit.. and does microsoft will stop its support for this copy when its releases the final copy?

#203 bbfc_uk on 10 Jan 2009 - 11:34
Got keys for both versions, downloaded the 64bit version and now downloading the 32bit again (it failed this morning), but hopefully everything should be ok now.

Edit: Downloading using the Download Manager and its reaching speeds I never thought was possible with my broadband connection!!

cph1966 Says:

"Cuz Microsoft has a freggin huge pipe"

Got keys for both versions, downloaded the 64bit version and now downloading the 32bit again (it failed this morning), but hopefully everything should be ok now.

Edit: Downloading using the Download Manager and its reaching speeds I never thought was possible with my broadband connection!!

So finally with gr8 help of neowin.net I got key and currently downloading ISO. Will Windows 7 will run efficiently on my Notebook with following configuration
HP Compaq Presario V3018TU Notebook PC
Intel Core Solo 1.86GHz processor 667FSB,2MB L2 cache
DDR2 2GB 667MHz RAM
120GB SATA HDD
Intel 945GM Express Chipset
Onboard Graphics
14.1" Widescreen 1200x800
Intel 3945ABG Wireless LAN
10/100 Ethernet
DVD/CD RW Drive

I am currently using Windows Vista Home Premium but not efficiently. It is not to speedy also not to slow, its just okay. So please tell what about Windows 7

I have several 32 bit keys that I was able to obtain but my downloads keep crashing. I'll send a legit key to anyone that can send me the 32 bit version via an FTP or something. I will have to test the .iso to make sure it is legit before I send any key. Email me or message me, however that works on here.

my method...

1) Install Check4Change on Firefox
2) Restart Firefox
3) Login to Technet
4) Paste in the 32 or 64 URL
5) Wait for text 'The site is currently experiencing technical difficulties, please check back in the next business day.' highlight said text, right click and select Check4Change then 'Custom'
6) Set refresh and check to 1 second
7) Tick 'Allow navigating away from a monitored page'
8)Click OK and be patient
TIP - leave your sound on loud and wait for the magical music. cha cha changes

Still currently able to download the beta key after several hours of Check4Change'ing. 14:30 CET 64 Bit key, so have faith... securitybrad

When I use Check4Change eventually it just loads the 'The Page you are trying to find cannot be found....' after a while!

Ok, I got my key after letting Greasemonkey work for 15 mins. Is there a site where I can see all my beta keys in case I lost them?

I've given up downloading the 32-bit, it gets to about 230mb and stops, so trying the 64-bit now. Also I can't get a key, even trying the steps in the other article, but to no avail. Gonna just install it anyway and wait for when the servers are back up for keys - shouldn't take longer than 30 days? lol

Edit: Now, all I need are some DVD-Rs. I'm just popping out for a while.....

Uhu I have 2 64 bit keys and 1 32 bit Took me about 5 hours though. Quick question which I have not seen the answer to yet, does the 64 bit key work with 32 bit? I will try for one more key. Any extra ones I will happily give to a person who has not been lucky yet.

Erikas said,
Uhu I have 2 64 bit keys and 1 32 bit Took me about 5 hours though. Quick question which I have not seen the answer to yet, does the 64 bit key work with 32 bit? I will try for one more key. Any extra ones I will happily give to a person who has not been lucky yet.

i would like to have one, tring since last night and still dont have a key

coolmob said,
i would like to have one, tring since last night and still dont have a key

If I get another one you are most welcome to it. It will be one of the 64 bit keys though.

Erikas said,
If I get another one you are most welcome to it. It will be one of the 64 bit keys though.

all keys work bit both versions. so i'll be happy with any key

FYI NOTE

Outlook Anywhere 2007 to Exchange 2007 doesn't work on Windows 7 Beta 7000. I've been trying to setup my Outlook 2007 to iHostExchange.net/sherweb for an hour and just came across others who can't get Basic Auth on Outlook Anywhere to work at all. The Auth isn't passed on to Exchange even though you are prompted.

OWA works great with IE8.

I installed my copy on a HP Table PC and everything worked great, took 30 minutes to install. All drivers but bioscanner worked greated.

64-bit.

http://jbenisek.wordpress.com/

right, so i've downloaded, backed up files and everything, but when using vista partition thingy, basically in the disk management, the biggest i can get the partition is 10gb, even though i have a 200gb hard drive with 175 gb free.

so, any other recommendations for creating this partition.

and is there free software out there?

I haven't been able to download either. It just fails randomly. 400 MB's is the highest I've gotten. As far as the keys go, I keep refreshing and still no luck... All I get is the error...

I just got the 64 bit key, but when I click on the link to download the 64 bit iso, it took me to the windows 7 site. Plus I didn't get a confirmation about it on my hotmail account. Are they supposed to give a confirmation mail back?

normster said,
I just got the 64 bit key, but when I click on the link to download the 64 bit iso, it took me to the windows 7 site. Plus I didn't get a confirmation about it on my hotmail account. Are they supposed to give a confirmation mail back?

I haven't gotten any confirmation email, and yeah, the download links don't work, at least not the ones they provided... This news story does seem to have working download links though, so give those a shot

Deathray said,
I haven't gotten any confirmation email, and yeah, the download links don't work, at least not the ones they provided... This news story does seem to have working download links though, so give those a shot

I'm downloading the iso so far from the news story above. Hopefully it will download completely.

got fed up with trying to get the 32bit version. so downloaded the 64bit and got a key. cant wate to install this on my dual 3.8ghz zeon server :D will post system scores when iam done playing with it.

got fed up with trying to get the 32bit version. so downloaded the 64bit and got a key. cant wate to install this on my dual 3.8ghz zeon server :D will post system scores when iam done playing with it.

got the download pretty easily earlier this evening. ran through pretty fast.

getting a key is impossible it seems

B-E-A-UTIFUL. Got both keys. 94% downloaded.

gonna grab a beer and then enjoy.
and i've only just realized it's friday night. i guess sacrifice is necessary once in a while.

Medking said,
wow, 64-bit is fast. still trying for the 32 bit
that's cause more people are going to be using the 32-bit build. and since the keys can be used with both builds. be happy with the key you got. i just got 2 different keys, 1 on the 32-bit link and 1 on the 64

Installing now on my notebook, will bore you all with the details as it goes along.
1.)Expanding files (0%)... 6:00 pm
2.)Expanding files (12%)... 6:05 pm
3.)Expanding files (77%)... 6:11 pm
4.)Finished Expanding files 6:14 pm
5.)First reboot 6:15 pm
7.) Oooh, pretty glowing butterfly Windows logo...6:16pm
8.)Completing installation...6:17pm
9.)Still Completing installation...6:20pm
10.)Second reboot...6:22pm
11.)Choose user name, etc...6:24pm
13.) At the desktop, looking good...6:27pm

Thanks, Microsoft!!

Update: Win7 loaded drivers for most of my notebook's hardware, including the touchpad, ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth. It failed on the webcam, fingerprint sensor and memcard/memstick slots. All in all, pretty sweet so far.

Lucky, I get stuck at Expanding files 50-80% and then it either corrupts or BSOD. (64-Bit, downloaded and burned twice on different computers)

Remember - only 2.5 million keys!!! Micro$€oft still setting up servers for the download issue! TEST IT but at the end of the day always remember there is open-source software too!

Burning the ISO as I type (x64 version), keys in hand. I'll try it first on my VAIO SR290 notebook (2.4GHz C2Duo Centrino 2 with 4 G of ram). Gives me chills just thinking about it...;-)

Wow!!! I followed the instructions on the site naap51stang posted...and it worked! The download link on the page where it gives you your product key doesn't work and leads to the Windows 7 main site...but if you download the file directly from the link above it should work fine... I hope. Mine's at 38% now. Hoping I don't have the same problems as others...

Stew Gilray said,
And there's the 32bit key ;)

Right it's 1:35am here, am off to bed, night guys ;)


Congrats!

I've been at it since roughly 3:30-3:45pm and just finally got the 32bit alittle under 20 min ago. I was only hitting Ctrl+F5 about once or twice a min while trying to find out other ways of getting one on other sites. It's now 8:41pm here.

I got my keys! You need to have a Windows Live account and to be logged in - then try using the links !! The countdown has starteeeeeeeed! Regards!

This method is actually correct. I did at one point login to the technet site in another tab to explore other areas and I did use that method to get both my keys. I just got my 32bit key about 2 min ago. All I can say is that if you can get to that site instead of getting redirected, be patient and keep hitting that refresh. You'll eventually get it.

What they posted now is absolute bull. If they gave one rats A** about their customers this would have never hapenned to begin with. PERIOD.

I've managed to download the x64 iso a couple of hours ago using Internet Download Manager and got a Product Key as well from the url above. It's not possible to get multiple keys simply by reloading the url. It just shows the same key number each time.

Not a good look for MS though. They've been hyping up '7' for a while now and didn't think that many ppl may want to download and try the thing out!!

When moving over to firefox, it's giving me the same issue as others have been saying. It redirects you to the Windows 7 homepage.

I still have it open in a tab in IE though so I'll keep attempting there.

Stew Gilray said,
Where are you in the world? as I'm getting the impression that MS are blocking non-US access


I'm in Canada so they might not be blocking access to us. Still possible for other countries I guess.

Are Microsoft having a big laugh at our expense or are they so incompetent to realise the bandwidth they need?
This shambles really is beyond me.

Wistful said,
But is that a valid key for 64 bit ? Because if all the internet has it.. it won't probably work! or I'm wrong?


It's a valid key direct from Microsoft. They generate a unique key so unless you give it out. No one else has it.

I was able to successfully get a 64bit key using the link that everyone's now saying is directing them to Windows 7 homepage. The 32bit site is still giving the message "The site is currently experiencing technical difficulties, please check back in the next business day.".

ryoran109 said,
Actually, I was simply mocking you.

Mocking me..........lol. I have more knowledge about computers and the internet than you could only dream of. Grow up. Child

paesan said,
Mocking me..........lol. I have more knowledge about computers and the internet than you could only dream of. Grow up. Child


Yes, I was mocking you, because the idea of upgrading the internet is retarded. That's like saying we need to upgrade Math because equations are getting too hard.

This just shows how the internet in general is not up to par. Every time there is a huge demand for anything on any site and these sites go down. The internet needs some major ovehaul. Unfortunately this is not an isoloted issue for MS but a major issue for all sites. I know from past experience that every time a major release was made by any site, these sites have been crippled by the huge demand. The internet needs a major ovehaul in general. Very sad state for the internet!!!!!!!!!!!!

They're just making it worse for themselves. Why not put the keys on now? They are not allowing downloads, so they will have plenty of bandwidth avaliable right now.

Looks like they will allow keys and ownloads at same times, so will get hammred all at once.,

I'm downloading the x64 version now (at about 1.2 MB/sec, 532MB so far) from the x64 download link at the top of this page, but like most others, no luck on the key yet.

The Technet page now says:

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal -- we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

Neowin forums is down :((

And technet has changed :
Windows 7 Beta Customer PreviewThanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal -- we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

if you look more closely at the windows 7 site they've actually made reference to the amount of people trying to download.

but i agree that they're not gonna delay for that long. plus they said it'll be out before the vista anniversary, so, before month end. I can't see them delaying it for more than a week tbh, and that's max.

i still marvel at how no one at microsoft's end foresaw this. jeesh, talk about amateur-ish...

64% for me, dunno how you guys are getting such great download rates. i'm even using IDM, which usually boosts my downloads to 480kb/s (which is high for me considering the isp limits), and i'm only getting 118kb/s, although it is steady.

Yes. And they knew that demand would be high. It's pretty disappointing that one of the biggest software companies, if not THE biggest, cannot prepare for a predicted time of high load. Hopefully we'll be able to get keys soon enough.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Yes. And they knew that demand would be high. It's pretty disappointing that one of the biggest software companies, if not THE biggest, cannot prepare for a predicted time of high load. Hopefully we'll be able to get keys soon enough.

Err, this isn't "high load", its like super duper extreme load. MS aren't gods you know..

Can someone tell me where to find a key when they become available? The TechNet page which has "Windows 7 Beta Coming soon?"

Also, what do people use for resuming file downloads these days? I just installed GetRight, but now my computer feels dirty. :\

Yes, all I get is a download that begins. Where am I supposed to go to get the key? I don't understand the secrecy, is everyone trying to horde the keys? LOL

I use www.freedownloadmanager.org. Its very good, has good support, can download YouTube videos and autoreencode them, can do RS downloads.

And its free...

notta: What old link? The old link I have is still redirecting to the Windows page on Microsoft... Can you post which link you're using?

Thanks,

Can someone just share the link they used to get the key? Is it that hard? Stop saying you have it or take the time to prove it - just say what link you used to register

i'm still downloading, from one of the previous links, and it seems to be fine for me, as in the size hasn't changed nor anything about the file. although my download speed got cut, the download continued, and the total size is listed at 2.43 GB, similar to Vista if i remember correctly...

What a joke anyway...

RTM is normally schedule for july 2009.

This Beta expire in july too but we still got 30 days before activation + 5 rearm giving yourself an extra 150 days. So with or without key there is not any difference.

Yeah but some people want the keys to actually do something productive, i.e. report bugs, which is what the Beta is all about.

P3dR0 said,
When the Technet page was on, I was able to submit the questionaire, after that I was receiving an Error message ( https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/pr...us/default.aspx - this page is redirecting if you did not submit the questionaire), and some minutes ago I refreshed that page and I got my key

I just clicked on that link and got the error page. I, for kicks changed the 32 to 64 and that bloody thing spit out a key for me! Holy crap! I will post this at the bottom, too! Thanks for the link buddy!

Has anyone downloading Windows 7 noticed the change in size (From 3 GB's + / - at the first link to 249 MB's at the new updated link provided above)?

It seems odd to me... The file names are the same.

Is it that hard for the servers to allocate beta keys for everyone? I mean, why are the direct download links working well when it's harder for it to do so?

i keep trying to download it from the link but it always 'completes' in a few hundred megabytes so I can't even resume. oh well. i'll wait for the official ms site to come back

oh dayum, so right now we're just downloading and installing and hoping that within 30 days they'll give us some keys?

Suddenly all the MS seem to be easily accessible, either everyone has stopped hammering F5, or MS have sorted the bandwidth issues, which means we could be about to go!

Stew Gilray said,
NO KEYS HAVE BEEN GIVEN OUT AT ALL YET!


Actually I got my key just seconds before the link to get the beta were changed...

It's a beta! While it's nice to get it out and let the public play with it, it's not finished code, it's free, and it's time limited. If this were something you paid for I say go ahead and get angry, otherwise be glad that you can play with it at all.

He isn't getting angry, he's just noting how this reflects poorly on MS. It would reflect poorly on any company, but doubly so for MS because they actually sell the server technology that's currently buckling.

You are right Geist, but you maybe don't see at least my position. Everybody complained about WinXP, Vista or Server 200x and nobody sometimes do what they need to do. Im on that, I liked Vista a lot but I made also a lot of bug reports and comments on it.

Now Im in the begining of a project that depends on touch and pen features and I really need to send feedback. I cant do that in a partnership channel cause its a consulting project im handling in my spare time.

Anyway, you are right. But that doesnt mean that some keys shouldnt be well received.

You know, I can just imagine that as soon as someone gets a working link to register for a key, the page will read "We're sorry, there are no more free keys available. However, you can purchase one for $19.99 from the Windows Marketplace." This is driving me mad.

I know what you mean AsmTrash, I needed an eval of 7 to make sure my applications are compatible with the new OS. I would test it too of course, but my needs were a bit more involved than "joe schmo" who geeks out over having the newest thing and wants it just to brag to their friends... It's quite frustrating.

Yeah I know that. I readed some posts on other forums and at least counted 9 or more posts from people that enrolled, installed and saw that their hardware is too old even for Vista or just wanted to brag someone with it and now they are re-installing whatever they got before.

GEIST said,
You're all waiting and stressing over something that has been available for weeks via torrents.


yes, thanks for pointing out the obvious. I'm sure everyone on here knows how to get it through other means. Most of us just want a legit key

I think the majority of people here are now looking for keys and already have already downloaded it or are downloading it now. Some might be waiting for the download too but it's the keys that are the bigger issue here.

Hm... The first download ended up being dropped for me (Like many others), but the new download is a different size... Is anyone else seeing that? I can't remember the exact size, but the first download was a couple of gigs (3?). The new one is 249.75 MB's... ??

What's the deal here now? lol

They keys have NOT gone live yet.... MS are putting more servers in place to handle the traffic for the d/loads and the key generating.

What a mess, release the download to everyone and now nobody can get any keys, I type this on Beta 1, with windows nagging me to put a key in.

More amusngly has anyone else notied Windows Update is completely borked, both for Windows 7 and Windows Vista? It just gives a error.

From windowsteamblog

Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I'll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!

it must be time for bed. I'm tired of waiting around.

I want a key no links to register for a key? The link in a earlier comment just leads to a page saying the beta should be available soon even though earlier it led to profile options and then a download link

Windows® 7 Beta coming soon!

Seems to be finished I guess .. all this for nothing ... wasted 3 hours of my life for this **** ... just woke up in the middle of the night for this got NOTHING!!! very dissapointed....

With the demand, I can see them pulling it off for a day or two, maybe only hours. That way they can set aside more keys and let things settle down before bringing it back up and let people download without the pressure of running out of keys. We all know the reason everyone's going crazy is because they don't wanna be left out. It's the right thing for them to do with such demand and the hassle everyone's going through to try to get it. But do they even care enough about what we're going through to get it?

Just because it is free does not mean jack. Your point is meaningless. MS is offering a product. Free has nothing to do with it. MS clearly showed that they did not plan for this properly. I already have Win 7 64 bit I am just looking for a key. It is not no biggie because 4 rearms gets me 120 days anyway. After that I can just format and start again.

I know, I know they really *should* have planned better, but it's still a bit bizarre seeing most of the 'i don't forgive them' comments. it's not like anyone *needs* to have it, really...

Where did you find the updated link? I would love to resume my 82% download instead of downloading from 0% again. When I run the shortcut on the desktop it seems to still use the old link, and just go to the Windows 7 page.

At the top of the page, its been edited with new links but I'm not sure you can get Microsoft's download manager to use that, but can try.

I have the 64 bit I just want the damn keys. How could MS not see this coming. very poor planning. They should have never said there was a limit in the amount of keys. By stating a limit this has caused a frenzy because no one wants to be left out. I imagine everyone keeps hitting refresh, myself included. I had enough. I will just use my 4 rearms to keep me going. What a joke.

In my case, I'm (re)downloading the 64-bit ISO (which I had originally gotten elsewhere) for burning/archiving. So far, the x64 ISO of this build is at least as solid as the x86, if not more so (and I'm one of those unusual folks that actually liked Vista SP1). For only the second time personally (Vista was first), it makes more sense for me to install the 64-bit version on my own hardware than the x86 version.

EPIC FAIL!

technet now reads : Windows® 7 Beta coming soon!

But in all honesty, you guys are gonna love it. I just want a key so I can use it longer than 30 days

blachole said,
Here is an update from the Windows Team about the Beta: Windows Team Update


Obviously that site is getting hammered too, I can't get it to load.

edit: got it to load, here's what it says - "Due to very heavy traffic we̢۪re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I̢۪ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!"

The morons who run the servers should have thought about doing that BEFOREHAND. If they really "want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta", then they will learn from this and previous mistakes like this and properly prepare for these kinds of events. It's simply pathetic that they didn't think this through. Because of this total f***-up, they should remove the limit on how many people can sign up for the CPP, just to BEGIN to make up for wasting people's time today.

I can get the the TechNet site on Firefox, (When I select English x86 I get Data Transfer Interupted) but if I try to use IE7 it tells me that the Beta is 'Coming Soon'...

EDIT - Nope, now I'm getting the 'Coming Soon' on FF as well... Bummer.

Looks like they've pulled the download... as "timster" says above, the TechNet page changed just after 8.30 pm GMT to read "Windows 7 Beta coming soon". Before that I had also just started getting 404 errors. I once got as far as the Windows Live sign-in this evening, but only once.

Firefox got over 8 million downloads in its first 24 hours, so it's not inconceivable that the 2.5 million could all go before tomorrow morning ( though it is of course a much, much, much bigger file to download than Firefox ). If Microsoft's servers will dole them out, that is. Maybe this pulling of the file in the last few minutes signifies the number has been reached already...

Do you think those 2.5 million keys will all get ate up today, or can I take a break and give it a try late tonight or tomorrow morning?

Now I'm getting this when selecting a language and clicking on the arrow button (either for 32-bit or 64-bit): "We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found.
See below for search results close to your request, or try a new search."

Better than "Server is too busy", but not much.

Microsoft really dropped the ball today.

Just filled out some forms and waited and waited. Around the time I posted my comment I just pressed refresh and left expecting nothing. Came back and gave me a page in bold "Windows 7 Beta 64-bit Product Key" with a key and then the 25 digit key. Then a bunch of crap about H.264 and finally tt has links for Download Now and Installation Instructions. I just waited..

Damn, just had my d/l dropped with 1GB to go :-(
And the links at top are being redirected to microsoft.com now.

yea dean, appears as if that direct link that once was is now gone. sucks big time. i just started downloading one of the alternates though, and im using IDM, so we'll see if it makes any real difference with the speed...

Its called worldwide release on Jan 9 and its Jan 10 at my place.
Should have been called US only release.

I think MS ppl are trolling around the net today,laughing it up at us trying so desperately to get our hands on their puppy.They must really be getting off on all this hoopla.

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Its called worldwide release on Jan 9 and its Jan 10 at my place.
Should have been called US only release.

I think MS ppl are trolling around the net today,laughing it up at us trying so desperately to get our hands on their puppy.They must really be getting off on all this hoopla.


Yes, I can see the Microsoft system admins masturbating furiously at the thought of people trying to download a file.

so if microsoft aren't ready for the massive amount of people streaming into their site to download the beta, could this be a foreshadowing to the OS?

:s

EDIT: woah. my java download for some reason just stopped: "the file has changed on the server"

goddarn.

Damn, I was at 82% when it stopped working for me.

Do we think it will resume eventually, or are these download links dead?

I can't get on neowin forums did they crash?? oh no lol! Now i am getting service unvailable instead of server too busy...?

Hi everyone, just a question. If they are offering the beta over TechNet and they will offer the Beta later this day on www.microsoft.com/Windows/Windows-7, we should expect the 2.5 million keys to be for the betas downloaded from the Windows 7 site or from both sites?

Thanks!!!

kr4zy said,
Doesn't really help to have the direct download link unless we get a serial does it? :p
actually, it does. download and install the build, then get the key and activate it

You can install it without a key. And we will all get keys within 30 days lol so dont listen to him. Just install it now and wait till you get the key later.

They are ready for this. I downloaded both x32 and x64 at 1.18MB/sec for the entire duration of the download. And if you're complaining about the keys not being released yet, take note of the fact that the public beta is scheduled to start "the afternoon of January 9" -- it's not even noon in Redmond yet.

The hyperlink I got through the Java downloader has a minor difference from the looks that total_n00b posted.

total_n00b: GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO
mine: GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.ISO

Notice there is no "X". What's the difference?

one321 said,
The hyperlink I got through the Java downloader has a minor difference from the looks that total_n00b posted.

total_n00b: GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO
mine: GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.ISO

Notice there is no "X". What's the difference?

GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.ISO = 32-bit
GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO=64-bit

Nice. Download is pretty fast... burning DVD now

Remember to paste the link NOT click it.

And as it used ActiveX, only works with IE under windows.

Techno_Funky said,
Thats it .. 12:45AM IST here .. no go no show ... ill go off to sleep now will try in the morning .
50 more minutes ... play some video games or something

timster said,
50 more minutes ... play some video games or something


Thanks! .. I guess I will wake up in the middle of the night and give it a try then

32 bit link at the top of page works for me. Downloading now at 800KB/sec. Make sure you try with IE and it took a bit of fiddling with too!

ady199 said,
When and if I do happen to get a key, will it allow me to install on more than 1 machine?
probably. when Vista Beta keys were made available, 1 key could activate up to 10 copies IIRC

timster said,
probably. when Vista Beta keys were made available, 1 key could activate up to 10 copies IIRC

From what I have read, there will be unlimited activations. Take that as you will.

I think you can install it on as many boxes as you like. I don't think there's a limit as far as I know. It just expires on August 1.

For me its...this message!! :-( damn ...either way i will try it tommorrow :-(
"Error
The site is currently experiencing technical difficulties, please check back in the next business day."

Though i have leaked win7 at my VirtualPC...i want this Beta 1 to be installed onto my main pc & laptop...

yes that link, the server is being hammered to death so any attempt will fail right now. Just be patient and also keep in mind that you mind not be able to get a key

(hard to be patient while thinking those words, i know i know!!! )

read the note above, click the link and fill out the form.

NOTE The form wont work till about 3PM EST (12PM PST, 8pm GMT) so you'll just have to wait

blachole said,
I've got both versions downloading, but now I just need to wait for keys I guess.

Can You post download links please?

timster said,
what are you, new? the download links are right at the top of the page

Links doesn't work for me. I just recieve this message:

Windows 7 Beta Download Center

Please wait while the Download Manager begins your download

Okay, but there is some talk about keys in the article here, and i think i've read that with a valid key, you can use this copy until August or something?

Yeah the keys will make the OS quite a bit, not sure if it's August or later. The Vista Beta was usable almost a year after it was released IIRC.

yes till August 1st 2009. at that time this build will either expire putting us back on Vista SP1 or maybe an option to get Beta 2:D

August will highly likely see the release of Win7, if not we'll have RC way before then which should work until end of year I would assume.

grey wolf:

right click the link and put save target as, or copy the link location

for some reason they do redirect to the windows home page, yet the link is there.

otherwise, here it is:

http://wb.dlservice.microsoft.com/download...LFRE_EN_DVD.iso

that's for the x86 version.
if that still doesn't work then copy and paste it into your browser. it'll open the microsoft download manager script and then woopee. (i'm at 4%!!)

but still, could someone answer my question above?

i am at 30% but that doesn't help till we have a KEY!!
and to grab the KEY we have to follow the TechNet page which at this moment is overwhelmed.

Added that link to wget in windows, seems to be getting the real stuff I hope:

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 3387009024 (3.2G) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `D:/Incoming/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO'

If anyone can confirm, since putting it in browser starts the activex/java stuff instead.

question: using that direct link, the download manager has started, but then how do i get the actual key?

Because presumably i'll be able to download the iso, yet without a key..?

Medking

Medking said,
question: using that direct link, the download manager has started, but then how do i get the actual key?

Because presumably i'll be able to download the iso, yet without a key..?

Medking

Your going to need to wait until their download pages go live, that's when you will be able to get a key. Nothing is officially up yet.

angrykeyboarder said,
The problem with that is only so many validations will work for a single key. After that you (or somebody) will be SOL..


I believe he was referring to getting a key from Microsoft, then getting his ISO from usenet (same thing I'm planning on doing... actually I already have the ISO for both versions, just waiting to get a key from Microsoft).

mayamaniac said,
They should've setup a torrent for it, best way to distribute to the masses. I'm getting it from a torrent source.

If I can just get to the point where they send me a CD-Key, i'll be looking for a torrent source or some other mirror.

Shadrack said,
If I can just get to the point where they send me a CD-Key, i'll be looking for a torrent source or some other mirror.


Exactly, we need the KEEEY!

Techno_Funky said,
Trying since 9pm IST .. its now almost 11IST still no Go!!! Bullsheep!!! :


Read the above comments about the time of when it will be released... yeesh.

I don't understand why sites go down when they know that they are going to be hit with massive hits,it is to me total laziness and unprofessional.
They can't keep their servers up and right.

By limiting the downloads to 2.5M, they've effectively created a DDoS attack on their servers. Tell me, what system do you know of that can handle millions of inbound requests at the same time?

DDoS are most effective when one isn't aware of them.
MS knew exactly what they were up against,after all they did settle on number of 2.5 mill ,besides they knew this was going to happen, they should prepare better.
Although it isn't that bad either as it could have been,its slow but not dead.

I constitute a DDoS all by myself. F5.. F5.. F5.. F5.. F5.. F5.. F5.. F5..

BryanB said,
By limiting the downloads to 2.5M, they've effectively created a DDoS attack on their servers. Tell me, what system do you know of that can handle millions of inbound requests at the same time?

I really somehow doubt the beta will be only released to the first 2.5 million people. If that were the case I can foresee that number being reached in less than an hour. Maybe it has been. If so, my guess is it is already closed. It probably is still open, however (because it is doubtful many have managed to register). At the end of the day I think a lot of people are going to be reaching deep into their wallets to have the privilege of test driving Windows 7.

Maybe Microsoft should at least bring back the paid preview program and require individuals to purchased the software before downloading it... somewhere in the range of $20 to $40 dollars. You could get to releases, a cool sticker and maybe a certificate with a stamp by big Steve. Yeah!

bluarash said,
I really somehow doubt the beta will be only released to the first 2.5 million people. If that were the case I can foresee that number being reached in less than an hour. Maybe it has been. If so, my guess is it is already closed. It probably is still open, however (because it is doubtful many have managed to register). At the end of the day I think a lot of people are going to be reaching deep into their wallets to have the privilege of test driving Windows 7.

Maybe Microsoft should at least bring back the paid preview program and require individuals to purchased the software before downloading it... somewhere in the range of $20 to $40 dollars. You could get to releases, a cool sticker and maybe a certificate with a stamp by big Steve. Yeah!


2.5 Million downloads in an hour let alone a day is almost unheard of.

MSDN said 12PM PST. It's probably not even up yet.

They do - it's now called MSDN or TechNet. It's way more than $40 though.

FWIW, Microsoft Partners get the DL at noon PST, and as far as I know there's no limit to them. Maybe you should sign up?

I know they have MSDN and TechNET. In the past they also offered the CPP of Windows 2000 and XP for $20 to $30 dollars... just for the CDs or in the case of XP, a download. It was meant as a slightly offhand sarcastic comment.

Again, sorry if it offended anyone...

I know they have MSDN and TechNET. In the past they also offered the CPP of Windows 2000 and XP for $20 to $30 dollars... just for the CDs or in the case of XP, a download. It was meant as a slightly offhand sarcastic comment.

Again, sorry if it offended anyone...

According to my MS Partner site, Downloads will start at 12pm PST. This rush is really for nothing:) Just a thought...

DomZ said,
The iso is all over the net, people just want keys.

Well, they have to wait until then, aren't they? its only 3 hours or so away...

roadwarrior said,
Thanks for that info. Perhaps Microsoft should have added that little tidbit of info to the registration page for the CPP.

No Problem. I do agree that MS should have said something, but then that could have lead to more issues with traffic.

Kayden said,
Is that time from MS partner site public or there partners?

That is from the the Partner Site. However, they did say that if you were a part of Technet or MSDN, you could get it earlier. However, I believe this is the public time as well.

Yet again, Microsoft seems to have failed to anticipate the level of demand for this beta. This seems to happen every time they do a CPP for a new Windows release. Microsoft has more resources than some small countries, yet they seem to act like some small start-up when it comes to things like this. Microsoft, please remember the 6 P's (proper planning prevents p**s poor performance).

The same thing happens on every site when there's a spike in demand for the content they're hosting. Amazon.com went down on Black Friday because so many people were trying to buy stuff. The Apple store site has connectivity issues when they release a popular product. It's just the way WANs are.

That would probably be by design, it makes their product look like it is a bit more in demand than it probably is. I think Apple does the same thing with their website every time they host their media circus.

GreyWolfSC said,
The same thing happens on every site when there's a spike in demand for the content they're hosting. Amazon.com went down on Black Friday because so many people were trying to buy stuff. The Apple store site has connectivity issues when they release a popular product. It's just the way WANs are.


As I pointed out, Microsoft is in a slightly different position as they have the resources to handle things like this, they simply choose to act like they didn't know they were going to have this kind of demand. Just watch, later today or tomorrow, they will come out with a press release saying something like "we didn't anticipate this level of demand". That's a load of BS and they know it.

roadwarrior said,
Yeah, typo. Thanks for pointing it out, I'll fix it now.

Oh, sorry. Was really just joking. I figured the p**s part was editorial insertion of a sixth P.

Derick said,
Oh, sorry. Was really just joking. I figured the p**s part was editorial insertion of a sixth P. :D


Well, that part was always in the version I learned in the Navy, and we did call it the 6 p's.

They should be some sort of queue so not everyone is on the site at once.

I was on something last night booking something and it was busy so I was in a queue - it even told me where i was in the queue

They should hand out keys first then give download slots to people. This mad dash to download is unnecessary.

They should hand out keys first then give download slots to people. This mad dash to download is unnecessary.

Spartan Erik said,
Now there's an idea, but people would just end up selling those keys

and they could sell them still now anyway. Doesn't really make a difference but at least it allows them to stage the process somewhat. The actual download itself isn't a huge issue anyway since they could use torrents or whatever to spread the load.

I submitted this to the news desk that it had gone active but no props to me :-(

I got to the survey part for 32-bit client. For the 64-bit client I actually received the verification e-mail, got verified but then the same "try next business day" - that's over 60 hours away!!!

I think MS wouldn't have been so hammered if they didn't say it was restricted to 2.5millon downloads. All us geeks are making sure we get a copy and that's overwhelmed them.

ThomMcK said,
I submitted this to the news desk that it had gone active but no props to me :-(

I got to the survey part for 32-bit client. For the 64-bit client I actually received the verification e-mail, got verified but then the same "try next business day" - that's over 60 hours away!!!

I think MS wouldn't have been so hammered if they didn't say it was restricted to 2.5millon downloads. All us geeks are making sure we get a copy and that's overwhelmed them.


Exactly, I actually ran down from office to my home and reached within 1 and a half hour.. I was litrally running on the road ... 2.5million is an panic attack .. :P

I can deal without the download today but what about a key? Will we get that in a email even if the download fails?

TcKrockZ said,
When is the Mp3 Patch coming out?


after you install, just run Auto Update and it will install it.

It should be on WU. It's also possible if you install Windows 7 after they release the patch it will be installed automatically during installation if your network adapter is recognized by setup.

GreyWolfSC said,
It should be on WU. It's also possible if you install Windows 7 after they release the patch it will be installed automatically during installation if your network adapter is recognized by setup.

Yeah, I was wondering wtf was going on, its not appearing on Windows Update for me.

There will be lots of new builds - as there were for Vista after the first public beta. They will probably be restricted to MSDN etc though.

If Microsoft is "significantly further along" then how long will the beta of 7 last? Will not be long before the techbeta will get an interim build?

same here, "The site is currently experiencing technical difficulties, please check back in the next business day." microsoft should improve their infrastructure to cope with high demand!

iAwesomeness said,
same here, "The site is currently experiencing technical difficulties, please check back in the next business day." microsoft should improve their infrastructure to cope with high demand!

Same message...

x64 runs like greased lightning for me - x86 download (MSDN) is 20k/sec - MS are being hammered for this!

It's really good and stable I like it so much over Vista and I use Mac's night and day. This means more competition for Apple which is always a good thing.

That site is live, but you won't be able to submit the questionaire. It says there are technical difficulties. Meanwhile they did put the patches up for the mp3 bug.

cJr. said,
Ay? I'm in England and it's only 15:30...

Unless you're being sarcastic? lol.


I think he's referring to the fact that the beta is/was supposedly (going to be) released at 8PM, not that it IS 8PM now.