May 5, 2009

Windows 7 Release Candidate

Microsoft just launch the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing program. What it does is you can download a pre-release copy of Windows 7 on to your computer. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and they're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time to download it. Once you have downloaded it and install it to your PC, it will automatically and anonymously send Microsoft engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.

In order to install this Windows 7 release your computer should meet with these system requirements.

1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)

DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

You can download both 32bit and 64bit versions of it and Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Go to this URL and start downloading your copy today.

The RC copy of Windows 7 will expire on June 1, 2010 and starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. So keep that in your mind too.

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