Public Windows 7 RC downloads end tomorrow

If you’ve been shunning the Windows 7 release candidate since its public launch in May, now’s your chance to reconsider. According to ComputerWorld, Microsoft will take down the Wnidows 7 RC public download tomorrow at 11:00 AM EDT. After that, you may need to resort to other, potentially less legal avenues to get your Windows 7 fix—or just wait until October 22 for the retail launch.

You can still grab the pre-release operating system from this page on Microsoft’s website. Just scroll down to the bottom, choose 32-bit or 64-bit and your language, then follow the instructions to get your key and begin your download. The 32-bit DVD image weighs in at 2.36GB, and the 64-bit one is a heftier 3.05GB. Microsoft says it will continue to issue keys after the August 20 deadline, too.

Once again, Windows 7 RC installations will start shutting down every hour on March 1, 2010, and you’ll have three months to step up to the full version (or step over to another OS) before the RC expires completely on June 1. That’s not a bad deal if you’re building a new PC and don’t wanna buy Vista, although admittedly, Microsoft does offer free upgrades with retail Vista editions.

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    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    Hey Cyril…”Wnidows”?
    Is that French 😉

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Sooner or later he’s going to have to notice it.

        • Fighterpilot
        • 10 years ago

        Apparently…it’s later 🙂

          • UberGerbil
          • 10 years ago

          Maybe he has a cold. Sounds like it, anyway.

            • Fighterpilot
            • 10 years ago

            Now we’ve built it up so much he’s not changing it out of spite lol
            Hey Cyril!….Yoo hoo …Le Spelling c’est “Windows”

    • Forge
    • 10 years ago

    If MS handles it the same way they did the beta, it’ll be downloadable for weeks after the official end.

    Of course, anyone who isn’t running RTM code by now just isn’t trying.

    Name: Windows(R) 7, Enterprise edition
    Description: Windows Operating System – Windows(R) 7, VOLUME_MAK channel
    Partial Product Key: K6YP6
    License Status: Licensed

    If I can get a legit copy, you can too!

    • PenGun
    • 10 years ago

    AFAIKT are only 5 keys. They are widely available.

      • thanatos355
      • 10 years ago

      Can’t be just 5 keys. I was issued 15 before they all started coming up repeats.

      Same keys for 32 and 64 too.

        • PenGun
        • 10 years ago

        Ah … OK. I scored keys first then torrented an iso then went and looked at M$ and decided to get a key. It as the same as one of the 5 I scored. 15 sounds right. 😉

    • fantastic
    • 10 years ago

    Still no OEM prices? We have to wait until October, like… “people”?

      • NeXus 6
      • 10 years ago

      I would guess in the $90-$120 range for Home Premium. My bet is that Newegg will be selling it for what Vista HP sells for or slightly higher.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    I can’t get the download to work, guys! What do I do?

    (just the g[

      • DancinJack
      • 10 years ago

      I think you have to use IE to download it. Is that maybe it?

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 10 years ago

        Or maybe you have to live in England? I’m kidding!

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 10 years ago

        LMAO! I normally use Safari, but after reading your post I thought “hmm” and tried it using Firefox.

        It worked using firefox.

          • UberGerbil
          • 10 years ago

          Chrome didn’t work either. Must be a webkit problem.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Downloads end but apparently you can still continue to get product keys after that.

    Um yeah, so my Vista install at work – something bad happened to it. I don’t know what, but suddenly the hard drive performance dropped through the floor – I’m talking down to 200 KB/s just trying to transfer files off the thing over a gigabit network. Even moving the drive to a secondary in another computer didn’t help – still EXTREMELY slow speeds trying to copy files from one drive to another, so much so that the 200 KB/s network transfer speed seemed faster.

    So, I put windows 7 on today and….. I really like it. So many things seem better. Setting up network connections, setting up file sharing, changing system settings, network transfer speeds – they all seem much improved. After having spent the day with the new task bar, I can say that I think it is pretty excellent.

    Thank god.

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Sounds like your drive went into PIO mode. You should check your cables and connections, because if Win7 sees enough errors it’ll do the same thing.

      Wait, you put the drive into another computer and the drive was still slow?

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        extremely slow. I defragged several times and ran chkdsk too, to no avail.

          • SomeOtherGeek
          • 10 years ago

          If I were you, I would not put any data you would want on it…

    • potatochobit
    • 10 years ago

    7100 build is the only RC officially available to the public right?

      • ImSpartacus
      • 10 years ago

      You’re funny! You can get 7600 quite easily.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    I know what I’m downloading tonight.

    Wait a minute, what does 11am “EDT” mean?

      • Nereid
      • 10 years ago

      Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 10 years ago

        So what is that in relation to PST ?

          • jackaroon
          • 10 years ago

          About 5 months up or 3 months back, and then another 3 hours. If you’re in California, you’re on PDT til November. (you’ve got til 8 am)

            • UberGerbil
            • 10 years ago

            ssidbroadcast is in Bellingham, I believe, which is generally at least a few months behind the rest of the left coast (it also has bad weather when no one else in the area does. But hey, at least you can catch a ferry to Alaska from there). But yeah, that’s nominally 8am out here near the Pacific.

            • ssidbroadcast
            • 10 years ago

            hey, what the? You left out the part where we’re nothing but stoners that play hackie-sack all day and complain about The Man.

            • UberGerbil
            • 10 years ago

            What, all the Evergreen students have moved to Western now?

            • ssidbroadcast
            • 10 years ago

            Oh snap, you’re right. I’m getting my PNW stereotypes confused.

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