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Old 05-04-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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Windows 7 Release Candidate Announcement


Thank you very much for your help in testing the Windows 7 Beta. Your feedback is invaluable in helping make Windows 7 a high quality operating system. With your help, we have reached the next major milestone on the journey to Windows 7: the Release Candidate (RC).


On April 30th, the RC became available to MSDN subscribers and TechNet Plus subscribers.

On Tuesday, May 5 (PST) {Ahem - my birthday}, the RC will be available to everyone via our Customer Preview Program. As with the Beta, the Windows 7 RC Customer Preview Program is a broad public program that offers the RC free to anyone who wants to download it. It will be available at least through June 30, 2009, with no limits on the number of downloads or product keys available.

So you don’t need rush to make sure you get your copy. When you’re ready to download the RC, it’ll be waiting for you.


To get the RC please use one of the following links:

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Developers
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IT Pros/Microsoft Partners
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Tech Enthusiasts/Consumers


IMPORTANT: If you are running Windows 7 Beta you’ll need to back up your data (preferably on an external device) and then do a clean install of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. After installing Windows 7, you will need to reinstall applications and restore your files. If you need help with the installation process, please see the Installation Instructions.


If you’re running Windows Vista, you can install Window 7 RC without having to back up and reinstall your programs and data. But to be on the safe side, please do backup your data before you start.


Please note: All users of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (including Windows Vista users who have upgraded to the Release Candidate) must do a clean installation of Windows 7 RTM. Please keep this is mind as you consider downloading the Release Candidate as opposed to waiting for the general availability release.


Thanks again for your help in reaching this important milestone. We hope that you will join us in testing the RC and finishing Windows 7!
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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I got it off Technet last week. So far so good. I just wish I has an extra PC that's Aero capable to test it on since that's some of the best improvements in my opinion. It runs about as well as XP does on the old Sony ultraportable I have it installed on with 1GB of RAM and the slowest hard drive known to man.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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Using x64 of the RC on my laptop as the only OS, Core 2 Duo 1.83 with 1GB RAM (upgrade on the way to 4GB), it's faster than XP, Aero working perfectly, can actually sync my Windows Mobile phone via BlueTooth which I could never get to work with XP.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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ill have to ask this on here since no one has responded to my thread, by any chance do we know if windows meeting space will be available in windows 7 and is this release candidate professional or ultimate?
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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The RC is ultimate. I have no idea about meeting space as I've never had a need to look for it.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:21 AM
 
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I seem to remember reading that it was discontinued, but don't quote me on that.
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