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May 6, 2009 and till June 2010, Microsoft is allowing free downloads of the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 to the public. As part of Microsoft’s Customer Review Program, the RC version will be free to download and will be "available at least through June 30, 2009" with no limits on the number of downloads of product keys available, sites claim.
Microsoft warned it is not offering technical support for the Windows 7 release candidate, so those who install it are on their own. Users should be familiar with installing an operating system from scratch, formatting a hard drive and backing up data, among other skills, Microsoft advised.
In the Windows 7 release notes, Microsoft warns of several problems that haven’t been resolved, including issues with its latest web browser, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
When Microsoft launched the beta version of its latest operating system in January this year, it revealed it would restrict the preview to the first 2.5 million users, which caused a stampede that brought the company’s severs to their knees. Microsoft restarted the launch the next day after sorting out the mess and adding more bandwidth and servers. Later, Microsoft dropped the download limit and extended the time it would be available to a full month.
Update: FREE WINDOWS 7 TO END EARLY WITH SHUT DOWN
Microsoft has announced that the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) will automatically shut down on a regular basis months before the final public preview is due to expire next year. The software giant had previously promised that the Windows 7 RC, which is available now for free, would work until August 1, 2010. However, the company plans to take a heavy-handed approach to encouraging people to upgrade to the full retail version from next March.
More interested topics about Windows 7:
- Microsoft Reveals Windows 7 XPM ‘XP Mode’- another plus point of Windows 7
- Time for Windows 7, Developers geeting Windows 7 RC next week (May ‘09)
- Kaspersky Lab announces anti-virus for Windows 7
- Windows 7 to ditch Internet Explorer?
- Compare Windows 7 Versions – which edition of Windows 7 is the best?
- All editions of Windows 7 to run on Netbooks says Microsoft
- Topics labeled Windows-7 at geeklog
- Details about the new Microsoft OS Windows 7 from their official website:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/