Windows 7 RC now available on MSDN, TechNet & Connect

Microsoft has just announced the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate for MSDN and TechNet customers. In addition, we have confirmed that it is also available on Microsoft Connect for those enrolled in the Windows 7 test program.

"Listening to our partners and customers has been fundamental to the development of Windows 7," said Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business at Microsoft. "We heard them and worked hard to deliver the highest quality Release Candidate in the history of Windows. We have more partner support than we've ever had for an RC and are pleased to say that the Windows 7 RC has hit the quality and compatibility bar for enterprises to start putting it through its paces and testing in earnest."

Microsoft will be releasing the RC to the public on May 5th and it's expected the RC will be available to millions more customers than the beta.

For more information on what has changed from the beta, please see our Beta to Release Candidate guide.

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Windows 7 Ultimate RC (x86) - DVD (English)

Includes: Release Candidate; 04-30-2009
Details
Keys
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File Name: en_windows_7_ultimate_rc_x86_dvd_349010.iso Date Posted (UTC): 4/30/2009 6:00:41 AM
SHA1: 7D1F486CA569EFFFFB719CFB48355BB7BF499712 ISO/CRC: E8A1C394
Available to Levels: MSDN OS (VL); VS Pro with MSDN Pro (VL); VS Pro with MSDN Premium (Empower); MSDN OS (Retail); Developer AA; VS Pro with MSDN Pro (Retail); MSDN Enterprise; MSDN Universal (Retail); VSTS Team Suite (VL); VSTS Architecture (VL); VSTS Development (VL); VSTS Test (VL); VS Pro with MSDN Premium (VL); MSDN Universal (VL); VSTS Database (VL); VS Pro with MSDN Premium (Retail); VSTS Test (Retail); VSTS Development (Retail); VSTS Architecture (Retail); VSTS Team Suite (Retail); VSTS Database (Retail); BizSpark Admin; BizSpark; E1;

If you are getting slow download speeds, use the alternative download site on MSDN. It uses the Akami download manager. I went from 50kbs with MFT to 2MBs with Akami. Awesome!

Chrono951 said,
If you are getting slow download speeds, use the alternative download site on MSDN. It uses the Akami download manager. I went from 50kbs with MFT to 2MBs with Akami. Awesome!



same here

Downloads on MSDN are very slow... getting 250k a second.

I think I will experiment with the upgrade feature and upgrade my wifes vista install to see how bad I can hose it.
She will love me for that.

It went between 100-700 kB/s in the beginning, now it's under 50 and timeouts quite frequently. And since there's no auto resume in the crappy Microsoft File Transfer Manager it won't be done in the morning =/.

For the first time with windows 7, i upgraded from Vista Ultimate to the 7 x86 RC after constantly reading how upgrading with windows is completely different compared to the days of XP and down. Since the OS uses some type of imaging, upgrading was now a viable option. My Vista install is about 1 year old, with a lot of daily use. The hard disk image(i only use one hard disk) was only about 50 gigs.

A clean install with Windows 7 takes about 15-20 minutes for me.
The upgrade took 4 hours, and once it finally got to the desktop, it was moving at LEAST twice as slow as Vista once did. There was about 4 programs off the bat that i was told by windows had to be reinstalled. I put up with it for about 2 days, knowing that an OS takes some everyday use to smooth itself out and work at optimal performance. Never got better, and to quit rambling, i ended up doing a clean install at the end of the 2nd day.

RUnning on my Thinkpad t61p, nice! No issues. Had to install a few IBM drivers for the laptop function buttons, but otherwise...very easy install and runs very smoothly. Love the wireless options, much nicer than vista. We'll see how the battery holds up. Wish I could get that WDDM 1.1 driver, but I have integrated video

hmm okay, so thats the full created winxp file for virtualpc7 mode right? so far i have found these two little knowledgebase files (about 5megs each) for x86 and x64 to install the fundamental virtualpc7 stuff for win7.

Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu
and
Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu

i hear xpm (win7 windows xp virtual mode) is also available for download on msdn/technet. its supposed to be accessible on the website at application/virtualpc subarea.

can anyone confirm this? what is the filename and filesize to be downloaded and what are the hash signatures of this file if anyone finds this?

are there multiple languages and platforms of this file yet, or just 32bit and english?
any other details?
thanks.

Confirmed under Application / Windows Virtual PC / Windows XP Mode Beta

x64
File Name: en_windows_xp_mode_beta_x64_349172.msi (445,37 MB)
SHA1: 253446EB08E7E498ACD5CA27AFD08857DAE0AAF9

x86:
File Name: en_windows_xp_mode_beta_x86_349172.msi (445,37 MB)
SHA1: F256E0DB9456901922E4208EB470F7394018400C

Could any MSDN/Technet subscriber make a torrent for this???

And maybe because people PAY for their MSDN/Technet subscriptions? If you want early access to the same stuff MSDN subscribers do, then you damn well open up your wallet and pay for it too.

The Windows 7 x64 RC available now on MSDN is identical to the earlier x64 7100 leak.

Leaked x64 7100:
SHA1:fc867fe1ab2e0a9796f9e4d155b44ea6998f4874
Filename: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso

MSDN x64 7100:
SHA1: FC867FE1AB2E0A9796F9E4D155B44EA6998F4874
Filename: en_windows_7_ultimate_rc_x64_dvd_347803.iso

XPM Beta isn't up - I understand that the only people that will have access to this prior to May 5 are Partners. But who knows ....

It's there.

The branch for downloading should be "Windows Virtual PC" under the "Applications" section. It won't be found under Windows 7, etc.

My downloads of the 32 and 64 bits have completed and been verified. When I get home from work it's dvd burning time and installing the 64 bit on my laptop.

Ah the wonders of logmein and remote access to my home pc.

Happy downloading all....for I am finished

apilot24 said,
Could a subscriber please post the md5 sums for the x64 and x86 isos? thanks


I will once it finishes downloading. 43 minutes to go. why cant technet downloads be as fast as downloads from the main microsoft site.

Downloads back up for technet but product keys arent. oh well since technet downloads are always slow it will take me an hour to get the rc anyway (i have a 100/100 connection).

Just logged into Technet and started my Win 7 RC1 and Vista SP2 download. Also got a product key, though MS stated that the beta ones work for the RC as well.

digitalfreak said,
Just logged into Technet and started my Win 7 RC1 and Vista SP2 download. Also got a product key, though MS stated that the beta ones work for the RC as well.


Thanks. I will use the beta keys then.

I think this article confused some people.

1. MS Connect - Only available if you were in the closed beta program. You will never find it on the dash board if you were not in the connect beta program.

2. Technet and MSDN - You have to have the paid account access. You will not be able to get it from the free technet accounts, only the subscription based accounts(paid access).

It should still be available on the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program on Connect surely?

The beta was on the same day as it was on Technet/MSDN so why wouldn't the RC be?

2Cold Scorpio said,
Yeah, thanks, man. Guess I gotta wait until the fifth of May. Ah well. ^_^

Now that the official ones are out, you could definitely get it before may 5th and check md5's and such. The real one that matches was out over a week ago. Would probably download faster too.

Can someone tell me the build number for the RC on msdn and technet plzzz.. iz it the same as the build leaked 7100.. LooL?

Well, Connect is being hammered, so I cant even touch the download page. I was to late apparently.

Update: Apparently I was just having a problem with FTM. I got that straightened out and the download is flying!!

From the looks of it, it's not part of the "Windows Ecosystem" connection that most of us are likely subscribing to.

I believe there's a specific connection for beta testers.

I'm guessing it wasn't such a great idea for MS to release Win 7 RC and Vista SP2 on the same day, not to mention Office 2k7 SP2.

I didn't have a problem getting into my MSDN account from Canada just a few minutes ago; maybe it's up again - or they have limited hits to avoid a crash.

lol, mad rush to the site, a mate had to activate another MSDN sub and got erros and I couldn't log on ..so it was like.."Bet you 7 is out"...

...lol I come here and on the first page....doh!

Yeah getting a "Sorry, we were unable to service your request. " error trying to access Subscription Downloads. But managed to add the x64 RC to transfer manager earlier, before site borked

kinetix63 said,
This is also now available on Connect for tech-beta testers too :)

I am downloading both 32 and 64 bit now. Cannot wait to install 64 bit tonight.

lol - I signed into MSDN about 15 minutes ago and it was fine. Came back to my computer and I now can't get anything to work - not even the index page. I guessed what'd happened.. came here to Neowin and confirmed it


Can't get into my MSDN either. Pages keep timing out and I can't get to downloads at all.

I guess everyone is after Windows 7!

SK[ said,]Or as we did become Gold Partners.

Don't. Or you will be stuck using Microsoft Visual Studio on a Microsoft Vista workstation, producing Microsoft ASP.NET applications for bosses who enjoy the occasional dinner and/or trip by... Microsoft!

Why yes, I am bitter. Why do you ask?

GamblerFEXonlin said,
Don't. Or you will be stuck using Microsoft Visual Studio on a Microsoft Vista workstation, producing Microsoft ASP.NET applications for bosses who enjoy the occasional dinner and/or trip by... Microsoft!

Why yes, I am bitter. Why do you ask?

nobody asked

That's not nice :(
I remember seeing the beta on there. But that may have been after the public release. Not entirely sure.
Looking forward to getting the final from there. Hope it is the professional version.

Cojage said,
So just to be sure, is the leaked version exactly the same as the official download?

AFAIK "the MD5 for the “safe” Windows 7 RC Build 7100 ISO x86 ISO is 8867C13330F56A93944BCD46DCD73590, while the MD5 for the x64 ISO is 98341af35655137966e382c4feaa282d. "

Posted above so a technet/MSDN subscriber can confirm them.

Source: http://www.slashgear.com/leaked-windows-7-...trojan-2842048/

There are builds with a virus going about.