Exclusive: Windows 7 RC set for April 10, 2009

There have been so many dates flying around concerning the upcoming Release Candidate for Windows 7, and it's beginning to become a daily subject in the blogosphere. Just when you thought that we were going to see a Windows 7 RC by the end of February, a trusted source within Microsoft has informed Neowin that the RC will not be ready by the end of February.

At this time, Windows 7 RC is internally being tested and the official release date is set for April 10, 2009. The Windows team is right on schedule with development, and if there are no significant problems over the next few weeks the April 10, 2009 release date will remain in tact.

Not much information is available at this time. We're uncertain if the release will be a world-wide, and Microsoft is expected to do more testing before releasing a RC build to the public. With that in mind, TechNet and MSDN subscribers should be the first to receive the RC build. A recent email conversation between Paul, over at GeekSmack, and Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft Senior Vice President of Windows, revealed that there have been over 500,000 suggestions since the public launch of the Windows 7 Beta.

Sinofsky mentioned that, "recently we've seen people talk about 'RC Builds' and the like. First, all builds since the beta are RC builds since by definition that is the next milestone. But by far the most humorous element has been that the build numbers blogged about are higher than our current build. Today's build is 7046, but it hasn't completed yet :-)."

Other than the UAC fixes that were highlighted earlier this month, not much is known as to what has been changed or fixed in these internal builds, we'll keep you up to date with more information as it comes our way.

Update (1:14 PM -6 GMT): Emil Protalinski over at Ars Technica has apparently spoke with Steven Sinofsky, and he has said, "The build will be available broadly". This isn't a normal thing for Microsoft to do, however we will wait and see what Microsoft has in store for us in the coming weeks.

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Keep in mind, Upgrading from a beta version is not supported. It may or may not work. If it does, your system will run slow. I highly recommend a clean install.

Bring Back "Show Dekstop" to the left side!!! Make it a hidden option, I don't care, as long as it's not registry hack,.


You have the START button on the left side so where would you like it to be placed? The whole idea behind this new "show desktop" button is you can activate it very fast, without the need to search for it. Very good idea, I miss it whenever I work on Vista/XP.

That's the beauty of the new positioning of the 'show desktop' feature; you can just flick your mouse to the far bottom right and not have to worry that you may accidently not click it or accidently click something else. You can now quickly show the desktop, using the mouse, without actually even looking at your screen.

There's an update to the beta that fixes the mp3 bug and the only other WMP12 bug is the overlapping of another window in snap mode and non allowing of window reduction in size all of which have been fixed in 7022.

I'm hoping *not* to see IE8, Media Center and the other junk!
Their install should be optional, rather than having them forced upon you.

Microsoft has already promised the UAC fix in the RC and you never get a final build of IE in RC builds of an OS so I have a pretty good idea.

Sevan said,
I COMPLEATELY misread the article.

I thought it read RTM not RC. Now I know.

Ooo, hope you didn't get your hopes up too much? :P

what make me like the timing even more

it would be exactly at the start of my uni holiday :D

have more time to fiddle with the release yappe


From what i can see from the beta, Windows 7 looks and works like a charm.

Hopefully Microsoft will grant me a RC copy

I am unable 2 edit my posts as I am using my cell phone 2 post here as my parents no longer let me use their ISP 2 post here.

ANYONE!, in the general cycle of MS and their RC cycle, how many RC's are there "BEFORE" they drop the project into RTM mode?

Still hoping that Toshiba will have an upgrade option for this laptop of mine.

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