Windows 7 RC expiration prompts begin in two weeks

Microsoft has issued a reminder that in two weeks Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) users will begin receiving expiration notifications.

Windows 7 RC does not expire until 1 June 2010 but from February 15 users will begin seeing expiration notifications in the task bar one time per day and then a Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour. After March 1 Windows 7 RC users will experience shut-downs every two hours. A brief summary of the events can be found below:

Effective February 15, 2010, the expiration notification process begins:

  • 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.

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

  • Expiration notifications in the task bar continue.
  • 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.
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I am also looking for a way to upgrade to retail from RC1. My CD drive has decided to up and die and buying one on top of buying W7 (which I have no problem doing) is just not in my budget.

Don't suppose it's something you can download?

just get the darn RTM the RC users have had more than enough time using an unfinished os and it's time to start using the RTM and users that continue using the RC should face issues as an unfinished os is meant for testing not a production system or anything else, it's very cheap so go get a copy...

CrashOverride said,
Wonder if stores will start offering deals now, for those of us who can't take advantage of the special student pricing.

Uh, they had a special where it was like less than $50 for a while. I guess you missed it.

Edited by KSib, Feb 2 2010, 5:47am :

Ricmacas said,
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Not in a good time. When will i have time to upgrade on all the computers??
You should have thought about that when you installed the RC?

LOL, I have been saving up for it since November. I got my copy about a month ago but for all you guys worries about losing your stuff, ever heard of a backup disk or Hard Drive. Like come on it doesn't take a rocket scientist to use the Windows 7 Backup feature. :/

The only way to stop this is BUYING A LEGAL COPY (as I did on 22nd october 2009).
It's not expensive, and in many countries there are interesting promotions for students or particular discount offers.

DaveGreen said,
The only way to stop this is BUYING A LEGAL COPY (as I did on 22nd october 2009).
It's not expensive, and in many countries there are interesting promotions for students or particular discount offers.

Absolutely correct, if you like it why try to hack it into a full version!!!

neo158 said,

Absolutely correct, if you like it why try to hack it into a full version!!!

Because I want to purchase it, but would like to get around having to do a fresh install. :)

NeoandGeo said,

Because I want to purchase it, but would like to get around having to do a fresh install. :)

I don't get it... If you aren't the kind of person who enjoys doing a fresh install every once in a while why would you install a BETA OS? It would have made more sense for you to stick to XP/Vista and do the fresh install to 7 RTM...

It is just beyond stupid to want to stay on a pre-release man...

DaveGreen said,
The only way to stop this is BUYING A LEGAL COPY (as I did on 22nd october 2009).
It's not expensive, and in many countries there are interesting promotions for students or particular discount offers.

Yea, ultimate for a price lower than home premium nice student discount, they only offer professional and ultimate though :P

Frazell Thomas said,

I don't get it... If you aren't the kind of person who enjoys doing a fresh install every once in a while why would you install a BETA OS? It would have made more sense for you to stick to XP/Vista and do the fresh install to 7 RTM...

It is just beyond stupid to want to stay on a pre-release man...

Not really, I'm lazy, have a large backlog of games, the computer doesn't even have internet connectivity, so it's not very susceptible to viruses due to an unclean install. Most of all, I'm just lazy and want a quick upgrade (which is possible, and works). :)

DaveGreen said,
The only way to stop this is BUYING A LEGAL COPY (as I did on 22nd october 2009).
It's not expensive, and in many countries there are interesting promotions for students or particular discount offers.

Home premium costs around 600 bucks and ultimate costs 800 bucks, quite cheap huh

sora90 said,

Home premium costs around 600 bucks and ultimate costs 800 bucks, quite cheap huh

What are you talking about? Getting a laptop with those OSes on it? The OS itself doesn't cost freaking 600 dollars.

sora90 said,

Home premium costs around 600 bucks and ultimate costs 800 bucks, quite cheap huh

Are you freaking NUTS!?! Ultimate full costs $300, and Home Premium with a valid educational ID costs only $29.

Go educate yourself before pirating mindlessly.

LiquidSolstice said,

Are you freaking NUTS!?! Ultimate full costs $300, and Home Premium with a valid educational ID costs only $29.

Go educate yourself before pirating mindlessly.

Well it cost that much in my country. There are no such thing as educational costs or whatever you do have in YOUR country. And what makes you think that i'm pirating? You should be educating yourself instead before saying any crap without any knowledge.

Guess I should order mine now then...

Should I go with 64bit? My cpu is 64bit but I've never used anything but 32bit :P

Leonick said,
Guess I should order mine now then...

Should I go with 64bit? My cpu is 64bit but I've never used anything but 32bit :P


Go smoothly x64. No problem with that. :)

There's also a patch to stop it but I don't wanna promote warez so don't even ask me where to find it. I don't see a reason in why to nuke the timebomb in the RC instead of downloading a full copy of windows 7.

owziee said,
There's also a patch to stop it but I don't wanna promote warez so don't even ask me where to find it. I don't see a reason in why to nuke the timebomb in the RC instead of downloading a full copy of windows 7.

Many people probably don't want to do a fresh install. I would gladly buy a copy and leave it boxed if I could just convert my RC to retail.

NeoandGeo said,

Many people probably don't want to do a fresh install. I would gladly buy a copy and leave it boxed if I could just convert my RC to retail.

You can't be serious. It's a RC. It has security holes and factors that will never be patched. UPGRADE!

ccoltmanm said,

You can't be serious. It's a RC. It has security holes and factors that will never be patched. UPGRADE!

You can upgrade it to RTM with a text document hack. I did not say I wanted to keep it RC.

owziee said,
There's also a patch to stop it but I don't wanna promote warez so don't even ask me where to find it. I don't see a reason in why to nuke the timebomb in the RC instead of downloading a full copy of windows 7.

So instead of promoting warez you promote the idea of pirating it!!!!

neo158 said,

So instead of promoting warez you promote the idea of pirating it!!!!


Because pirating and warez are two completely separate things. Hah.

mpg187 said,
Is there a way to patch this to stop it?

There is a way to take a retail disc contents and change a value in a text file to make it upgrade without doing a fresh install.

mpg187 said,
Is there a way to patch this to stop it?

If at this point in time you did not bought the Windows 7 Retail disk, you don't rights to keep Windows 7 RC running in your PC. Go to Ebay and bought a cheap OEM disk. I bough the Home Premium 64bit for $75 dollars in eBay.

Edited by cabron, Feb 1 2010, 7:29pm :

mpg187 said,
Is there a way to patch this to stop it?

you can't buy an upgrade? if you're enjoying it, buy it
or switch to Linux, you don't need to pay for it
or spend $1400 for OS X

cabron said,

If at this point in time you did not bought the Windows 7 Retail disk, you don't rights to keep Windows 7 RC running in your PC. Go to Ebay and bought a cheap OEM disk. I bough the Home Premium 64bit for $75 dollars in eBay.


That's nice. :)

DaveGreen said,

Or get the OEM copy


Or?? How can you get the OEM _OR_ RTM? He should get an OEM RTM copy...

roadwarrior said,

Not sure what planet you are from, but on Earth, the current version of OS X is $29.


Yes... because with that $29.00 disc, you could, you know, just pop it in any computer and install it, like Windows or Linux...

That $29.00 OS X you speak of Sir, is an upgrade disc, and "requires" a Mac, which last time I checked, would cost about $1400+ to get something halfway decent.

Mikeyx11 said,
Yes... because with that $29.00 disc, you could, you know, just pop it in any computer and install it, like Windows or Linux...

Actually, you can do this fairly easily if you have hardware that is somewhat similar to a Mac, or just a little harder if your hardware isn't similar (AMD processor or unsupported video or sound cards).

That $29.00 OS X you speak of Sir, is an upgrade disc, and "requires" a Mac, which last time I checked, would cost about $1400+ to get something halfway decent.

Good point about the price being for an "upgrade" disc, however it doesn't actually check that you have a previous version installed, so it can be used for a clean install. And Macs (even "halfway decent" ones as you put it) start far cheaper than $1400, especially if you shop Apple's refurb section (IMHO, refurb items are usually better than new because the item has been thouroughly tested instead being assumed to be good because it's fresh off the assembly line).

roadwarrior said,

Actually, you can do this fairly easily if you have hardware that is somewhat similar to a Mac, or just a little harder if your hardware isn't similar (AMD processor or unsupported video or sound cards).

Yes, hence why I said "requires" with the quotation marks. Doing that is illegal as far as I am aware, as it violates Apple's license, so although possible, it is irrelevant.