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Old 02-02-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Description of Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) expiration dates and functionality

Posted to help remind you (me) of the timeline for expiration of W7 RC.
Two weeks to the Wizard...
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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Oh crap .... like I needed one more thing to do.

I can live with a few random restarts, right? (I'm getting a jump start on the rationalization to support my procrastination.)
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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Why worry ???

Microsoft does this:
Windows 7 RC expiration functionality

Effective February 15, 2010, the expiration notification process begins:
  • Windows 7 RC users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.
Heck if you do not act on that, ..............

MS has a solution for guys like that ....

Effective March 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC enters the next phase of expiration:
  • Expiration notifications in the task bar continue.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.

    Important When the computer restarts, your work will not be saved.


Still no action from your end ????

Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC expires:
  • Windows starts to a black desktop.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with a Windows Activation screen. The screen states that the Windows that you are running is not genuine.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.

Uhmmm ... I give up
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Originally Posted by irman View Post
Why worry ???

Microsoft does this:
Windows 7 RC expiration functionality


Effective February 15, 2010, the expiration notification process begins:
  • Windows 7 RC users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.
Heck if you do not act on that, ..............

MS has a solution for guys like that ....


Effective March 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC enters the next phase of expiration:
  • Expiration notifications in the task bar continue.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.

    Important When the computer restarts, your work will not be saved.

Still no action from your end ????


Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC expires:
  • Windows starts to a black desktop.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with a Windows Activation screen. The screen states that the Windows that you are running is not genuine.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.
Uhmmm ... I give up
Why? Why?
Well...
Because:
You are talking to the King of Brinksmanship, the Prince of Procrastination.


I'm going to pick up another drive for my laptop and start there, loading my Pro Upgrade to it.

Sometime.
Soon...
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I actually did an upgrade to the release version (from my MSDN subscription) on top of my RC install by editing that one .ini file. Worked fine, except I had to reinstall VMWare Workstation because the upgrade deleted all of the VMWare network adapters and services. If I were you I'd image my hard drive and then try the upgrade and run it for a few weeks and see how it works. If it doesn't, you've got the image backup to recover all of your old files after doing a fresh install.

How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release) - the How-To Geek
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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I actually did an upgrade to the release version (from my MSDN subscription) on top of my RC install by editing that one .ini file.
This only works if the final version is the same as the RC version, i.e, both are Windows 7 Ultimate.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:20 PM
 
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Why? Why?
Well...
Because:
You are talking to the King of Brinksmanship, the Prince of Procrastination.
OK ..... You win ....
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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OK ..... You win ....
I wish. Usually procrastination has other effects.

I will get my new drive for my laptop tomorrow, 48 hours from New Egg, and over the weekend will load W7 Pro Upgrade.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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So will I be able to just purchase a key within Windows?
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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So will I be able to just purchase a key within Windows?
No, a purchased key cannot be used to activate an RC, you wouldn't want to do that anyway, you need to install the RTM version.
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