Reminder: Windows 7 RC shut downs begin today

Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) copies will begin restarting every two hours today.

Microsoft officials warned of the prompts and bi-hourly shut downs in early February. A brief summary of the events can be found below:

Effective March 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC enters the next phase of expiration:

  • Windows 7 RC users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours. 

Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC expires:

  • Windows starts to a black desktop.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with a Windows Activation screen. The screen states that the Windows that you are running is not genuine.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.

Microsoft has sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses to date making it the fastest selling operating system in history. Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. The operating system has received praise from consumers, businesses and the media. In November 2009, Windows 7 managed to surpass Apple's Snow Leopard market share in just two weeks. In early February it was revealed that Windows 7 had reached 10% market share in just three months.

Screenshots of a Windows 7 post RTM build showed up on the web in February, fueling speculation that Microsoft is compiling early Windows 8 builds. The successor to Windows 7 will likely be available in 2011 as an ex-Microsoft worker penned July 2011 as the RTM date for Windows 8.

Microsoft is currently readying its first Service Pack for Windows 7. A beta version is expected in June with a public release in September this year.

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Shiranui said,
I rolled back to Vista last week - I didn't think my boss was rush to pay for the upgrade to seven.

I find those notices to be very annoying, but being a leet haxor I can make them go away forever!!

Examinus said,
I use it on my Virtual Machine. I don't like the idea of buying a whole OS just to test for IE. :(

Yeah, and I don't like the idea of buying a whole other computer just to use Final Cut but them's the breaks. Platform exclusive applications get really annoying when you need them for your work. I would never use an Apple for anything if not for Final Cut.

neodorian said,

Yeah, and I don't like the idea of buying a whole other computer just to use Final Cut but them's the breaks. Platform exclusive applications get really annoying when you need them for your work. I would never use an Apple for anything if not for Final Cut.

I've always thought FinalCut sucks bum.

ccoltmanm said,
I wonder if this will effect the Windows 7 market share numbers.
An interesting question - possibly slightly, but I would expect very minor. For MS though, it could only mean new sales as a % of those updating buy Win7.

Finally erased the RC and installed the spare copy of Windows XP I have. I love Windows 7 but my late 2007 Macbook Pro + a discontinued SiPix A6 Printer ensured that I go pack to XP Having said that, i will use my shiny new copy of Windows 7 ultimate with the new PC I am building :)

I'm still running it. Bought it last week and haven't got around to installing it yet. I'm going to install it later this evening.

I have just installed the final version about an hour a go. LOL

I was using 7100 up until then, it started popping up every hour saying it was going to start shutting down soon.

Just wait for it...Later today I'd laugh if there are a bunch of topics. "windows keeps restarting!!!!!!! WHY?!!?!"

Dane said,
Just wait for it...Later today I'd laugh if there are a bunch of topics. "windows keeps restarting!!!!!!! WHY?!!?!"

lol yeah...

Dane said,
Just wait for it...Later today I'd laugh if there are a bunch of topics. "windows keeps restarting!!!!!!! WHY?!!?!"

they will blame it on microsoft and say they are getting a mac lol

I would like to know that question as well and who are running RC as their main machine? lol

Edited by cabron, Mar 1 2010, 3:17pm :

Shayla said,
is anyone here still using Windows 7 RC?

I was using it up until last Thursday. Got the warnings to remind me to backup and install an official version.

I was until yesterday. Didn't have a single problem with 7100 so didn't get around to installing and backup everything up until the weekend.

I didn't see the browser option screen though.

Edited by Brodel, Mar 1 2010, 3:14pm :

Shayla said,
is anyone here still using Windows 7 RC?

The RC is still running on my desktop back at home that my brother has taken to using in my absence while at college. I have Win 7 Ultimate but when i left for college the RTM wasn't out so he gets to fight it for 2 months or go back to his own machine.

Shayla said,
is anyone here still using Windows 7 RC?

No not now - changed over at the weekend, I wast going to change over a month ago but illness and then a server crash kept me away from reinstalling win7 - it was waiting to go on a new 1tb hdd :P

Shayla said,
is anyone here still using Windows 7 RC?

I am because I am lazy, but I nuked the timer on the machine I am running the RC on. I'll get around to it soon...or not, who knows, it's just my HTPC.

Shayla said,
is anyone here still using Windows 7 RC?

I was using it on my living room PC until last week. I had already secured a copy of Ultimate from one of their launch events but I had just been putting off the reinstall since it meant spending the day getting everything back up and running. Finally did it last weekend and it's been humming along nicely ever since.

Shayla said,
is anyone here still using Windows 7 RC?

that's what i was thinking... because it would seem anyone that installed the RC is probably already generally good with PC's, hence they should be off the RC ages ago.

Should probably be moved over to a final version by now if you liked using the RC so much last year...