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Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate)

added on May 5, 2009 by bigger915, last updated on May 6, 2009 by YanBz

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Use Internet Explorer to download it. This RC will expire on June 1, 2010. However, starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours, effectively making it unusable. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use.

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  • 23951
    Posted by YanBz on May 5, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Great to know but I don't think this makes a hot deal since this is a trial version
  • 24065
    Posted by YanBz on May 6, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    After talking to Mike I am having second thoughts. This is good for almost a year, so could be a deal for some...
  • 24066
    Posted by MikeG on May 6, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    If you are already running Windows 7 beta version or XP, you might want to consider this:

    If you’re running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you’ll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.
  • 24112
    Posted by jakechance on May 6, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I think it's hard to say when it comes to certain kinds of software. As a software engineer myself I think it would help to determine different categories for software.
    1) Open source software shouldn't be listed as a deal since it is always free and it shouldn't be 'promoted' here since that is not the site's intent
    2) Shareware/trials/freeware or any other software that is essentially free but has an expense to continue using it or to get a version with more features shouldn't be here as well unless there is a deal on the paid version.
    3) Open betas are for testing purposes and aren't intended for long term use. Again they're not a deal.
    4) Sites like have a different piece of software every day for free. It's a legitimate license for a copy of whatever program they currently have and the offer is only good for 24 hours (there are no limits on the software).

    However, it's not really clear if a release candidate is more like a beta since it is intended for testing or more like a limited license. Personally, I'd list it since using it isn't trivial and takes some work. It is a deal if people are willing to try out a new OS for a while and deal with all that's involved in getting it running.

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