Windows 7 Home Premium and Server betas available to public

Update: Microsoft has updated the site with "Beta Keys are Offline! The Hardware Newsletter invitation code was posted publically. We hope to have a solution in place shortly and appologize for the convenience."

Microsoft released the Windows 7 betas to the public last week. The software company also sent out a hardware newsletter to its ecosystem partners on Friday January 9th detailing the Windows 7 beta.

In the newsletter the spokesperson mentions "If you are a hardware partner but do not have a Winqual account, you can access the Windows 7 Beta by entering invitation ID Win7-3HQW-RF74 on the Microsoft Connect homepage."

By using this ID on the Connect site you can gain access to Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Server betas. Last week We revealed that Microsoft is currently only offering the Home Premium bits only to 1000 testers for Windows Any Time Upgrade testing. With this connect access you can download the Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Server bits and request up to 5 keys.

Microsoft has not officially confirmed the feature set for Home Premium and is currently evaluating feedback from testers of the Any Time Upgrade process.

Don't forget so far in our Windows 7 Overview series, we have published the following:

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


Downloads available on Connect using the invite ID

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Go to www.guru3d they got a page in their forums that tells you what to do to get a key i did it and now im running a legit copy of win7 pubic beata

Would there be any benefit for running server VS. home or vice versa? server edition can handle higher specs such as more ram, no?

Looks like it's now locked by MS (you can't get a product key). What isn't anything unexpected - if MS wanted all the people to know the code they would have posted it on their main page :)

Neowin should update the news with this info.

Beta Keys are Offline!

The Hardware Newsletter invitation code was posted publically. We hope to have a solution in place shortly and appologize for the convenience.

Marshalus said,

Humm... not so much. A blog with no visitors? Why is it assumed that because someone else posted something it must have come from there?

because there is an actual thread with this link in the Windows 7 Beta Forum, along with countless other forums and website publishing this link letting people know, im sure Rappy saw the thread on neowin.

random_n said,
Windows 7 Server? Is it official that it's not going to be called Windows Server 2008 R2?

No, it's officially going to be called Windows Server 2008 R2. And yeah, the beta was released to the public the same day Windows 7 was.

The link Bocale provided was a link to the homepage for Windows Server 2008 R2, and contained a link to a public beta download of it. It was not Windows HOME Server 7 as you say.

Electric Bolt said,
The link Bocale provided was a link to the homepage for Windows Server 2008 R2, and contained a link to a public beta download of it. It was not Windows HOME Server 7 as you say.

It will be branded as Windows Server 2008 R2. I have it installed already: http://www.redmondpie.com/wp-content/uploa...008r2login1.png

However the watermark on the desktop shows it as Windows Server 7 as also can be seen by this screenshot http://www.redmondpie.com/wp-content/uploa...2startmenu1.png

Electric Bolt said,
The link Bocale provided was a link to the homepage for Windows Server 2008 R2, and contained a link to a public beta download of it. It was not Windows HOME Server 7 as you say.

I was talking about THIS particular beta, you know, what the article is talking about...

Humm, I'm kind of interested in the server edition. I thought Microsoft was going to brand this Windows 2008 R2 and not a whole new line, but just a refresh of the current? Hopefully there are not too many changes between 2008 server and 7 server, I'm just getting used to 2008 after living in an 2000/2003 world for so long.

Yeah I want to see for myself what Windows 7 server is like. My dad has 2003 server running on his home network and would probably be interested in seeing what 7 server is like as well.

dlegend said,
Yeah I want to see for myself what Windows 7 server is like. My dad has 2003 server running on his home network and would probably be interested in seeing what 7 server is like as well.

It will be branded as R2 for release, it's only during the beta that things are being referred to as 7 Server

I feel like the complete opposite. I have been stuck in the Windows Server 2008 world ever since beta, I can't get my hands off it...It's just so much more advanced than Windows Server 2003, I love it! I never really did get used to Windows Server 2003, it always needed a new Windows Media Player, but it couldn't be installed on server 2003 at the time, so you had to do hacks or keep the existing Windows Media Player on it. Windows Server 2008 is incredible, rock-solid, and just my best server friend. I can't wait to get my hands on R2 RTM!

I am also interested to find out whats difference in Home Premium - Microsoft has kept it separate from Win 7 Ultimate.