Updated: Windows 7 beta download imminent? No

Update: According to Neufuse in the comments this was a publishing error on the CMS from Microsoft. Microsoft have now removed the link. Expect access to the beta after Steve Ballmer's keynote on Wednesday 7th January 2009, unless it leaks beforehand of course.

Microsoft have updated their Windows 7 site with a download link for the Windows 7 beta.

It would appear from the posting that Microsoft is currently readying site updates and download servers for the imminent release of the Windows 7 beta. Yesterday, German site Winfuture claimed that the beta would be released today and this could confirm the sites claims.

The download link is currently inaccessible. It's entirely possible that once the page is live it will simply be a sign up page to register your interest. Microsoft will not comment on the exact date and a Microsoft official confirmed the beta is still targetted for early 2009.

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What I am noticing about this beta, its basically complete, its just to bug it for any show stoppers. Looking back at the length of Vista's beta and what Company officials said about Beta 1 then straight to RC for 7, I do believe Windows is going RTM earlier than most expected. I still believe there will be subsequent builds that private testers will get.

Windows Vista BETA 1 - Aug. 2005
Windows Vista Build 5219 - September 2005
Windows Vista Build 5231 - October 2005
Windows Vista Build 5270 - December 2005
Windows Vista Build 5308 - February 2006
Windows Vista Build 5342 - March 2006
Windows Vista Build 5365 - April 2006
Windows Vista Build 5381 - May 2006
Windows Vista BETA 2 - May 2006

So it took 8 builds, 7 months to reach BETA 2 with Vista. Taking into account, Windows 7 does not face similar obstacles like Windows Vista since a lot of functionality in the OS even at BETA 2 in Vista were still incomplete. I am putting my guesstimate at least 5 test builds inclusive of Beta 1 and RC to reach RTM for 7 with the availability of a new build each month.

Windows 7 BETA 1 - January 2009
Windows 7 RC0 - May 2009
Windows 7 RTM - June 2009
Windows 7 RTM GA - August 2009

A mildly long public beta (3 to 9 months) with multiple ISO releases would be sweet! I think Microsoft really needs input beyond a select group of individuals they consider to be "valued testers," and of course the TechNET/MSDN members... which might be most of us (in the forum) which it will trickle down to us eventually.

it wouldn't be long. as it was also said by Wzor before - build 7000 is the only beta. ms is already passed it and working on release candidate branch (starting from 70xx).

coth said,
it wouldn't be long. as it was also said by Wzor before - build 7000 is the only beta. ms is already passed it and working on release candidate branch (starting from 70xx).

There were only 2 builds released in CPP from vista if i remember right then there were 2/3 RC's So yeah 1 or 2 beta builds then 1 or 2 RC's would be ideal.

coth said,
it wouldn't be long. as it was also said by Wzor before - build 7000 is the only beta. ms is already passed it and working on release candidate branch (starting from 70xx).

and so we are back on track for apr 2009 rtm ??

Download isn't imminent, the link is going to be pulled soon, a little birdy told me so *whistles* Publishing mistake on the CMS end

neufuse said,
Download isn't imminent, the link is going to be pulled soon, a little birdy told me so *whistles* Publishing mistake on the CMS end


Who is this birdy, and what is this birdies name?

The download link gives 404 error and leads to a search listing page of Windows downloads.

Where is it? >.>

I guess it's a matter of time, they probably wouldn't leave a download link leading to a 404 error for 2 weeks or more.

Wow, the RIAA abandons lawsuits agains normal consumers, a new Duke Nukem Forever screenshot becomes available and Microsoft precedes its own deadline ahead of expectations. The devil better turn the heat up because it must be freezing down there O.o

Hmm...this would be a nice surprise. They are pretty adamant on saying it will be available early 2009. I guess we will have to wait and see.

I will prob run this as my os on my laptop. what better way to test it then by using it all the time. I have the vista ultimate sp1 media so i have no worries about reformatting my laptop.

Cool! I just dusted off the only spare machine I have... a marvelous IBM Thinkpad T21! Must remember to hold it at a 45° in order to turn it on.

It runs WinXP great, ran the Vista beta's just fine and if Win7 beta is as good as it appears... it should run that pretty well too.

zeke009 said,
Cool! I just dusted off the only spare machine I have... a marvelous IBM Thinkpad T21! Must remember to hold it at a 45? in order to turn it on.

It runs WinXP great, ran the Vista beta's just fine and if Win7 beta is as good as it appears... it should run that pretty well too.


Since I can do complete backup in Vista, I'm half tempted to just install it and run with it as my main environment for a while.

Would be sweet. I have some spare time during the holidays and would love to spend it testing and filing bug reports. I am very much looking forward to this.

If this does happen imminently, it'd be fantastic! Sure, i would have preferred to be on the technical beta but hey... my feedback could surely still be read?!