Microsoft gives users Windows 7 free for 13 months

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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  2. aigle

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    I am waiting to install it, ATM running beta.

    Only problems i have on my lptop:

    Batteries deain extremely quickly
    System becomes unresponsive if WMP is launchd in browser
     
  3. wtsinnc

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    OK, I think that's really great news;
    My question is why would Microsoft give users of RC-1 thirteen months to audition the product ?

    _Also_

    Certainly, this will include access to all updates as well as the XP compatibility download, right ?
     
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    Sorry, a little OT, but can I just go download this and try it out or do I need some "in" or special qualification/invitation to get Win7?
     
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    My understanding is that Windows 7 RC-1 will be available for download to the general public May 5, but if it's anything like the Beta program (and I suspect it will actually be worse), the servers will be running white-hot for that first day.

    I'm going to wait for a couple of days before downloading my copy.
     
  6. lodore

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    I would assume microsoft has learnt its lesson from beta stage and have more servers for the RC on 5th of may.
     
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    Any one can I think.
     
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    OK, sounds good. Thanks, wtsinnc, Iodore, and aigle. I guess I'll set an Outlook reminder for May 7 or so but I'm sure I'll be reading about it here at Wilders anyways.
     
  9. Kerodo

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    Probably because the more people they can get running Windows 7, the more public acceptance, and the better off they'll be. I think they're willing to do this to get the user base going and going in a big way.
     
  10. midway40

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    That's good to know. Originally it was supposed to time-bomb in August. I was able to acquire a copy of RC and installed it on my laptop. My SysAdmin wanted me to evaluate it since it will probably be our next OS at work.

    It has been a busy week for me with all these releases--Win7 RC, Office 2007 SP2, and I got a hold of Vista SP2 yesterday. It feels like Christmas, lol.
     
  11. Kerodo

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    I'm looking forward to installing it next week.... Going to image Vista here and give 7 a try. If it goes well, I'll stick with it for a year, or perhaps just buy it after a good trial.
     
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    Heh heh
    More lab rats. :cautious:
    Love being part of an experiment.

    It is interesting: haven't MS said possible final release Q4 09 or certainlyQ1 10 ??

    What's the difference between a lab rat and a lawyer ??
     
  13. Kerodo

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    Nah, RC means it's about ready to pop..... I'd guess final within another month or so.
     
  14. DasFox

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    Can anyone download the RC when it comes out, and a URL please?

    THANKS

    P.S. Will this be the URL?
    http://technet.microsoft.com/nb-no/evalcenter/dd353205(en-us).aspx

    I have never really looked at any screenshots till now, never really had much care since Vista came out. To me this looks like Vista and I hate the look and feel of Vista. With Vista being such a flop you'd think they had brains enough to make a new look. :(
     
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    Maybe a little longer than that, K, according to this.

    Yes, DasFox, anyone can download it May 5th and that site might have it then. I did not get mine from TechNet, Connect, nor MSDN but from...uh...another source :ninja: (got Vista SP2 from this source too).
     
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    Thanks Midway, I guess that's a bit longer than I expected. Still, I think giving us the RC for 13 months is pretty much a gift. I'm going to grab it myself.... :)
     
  18. midway40

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    I see you took the plunge, K :D

    After I installed 7 on the laptop I had two unknown devices in my Device Manager. By process of elimination I determined it to be the modem and the card reader so I pulled my Acer driver disk out and installed the Vista drivers for these devices and they work now. Acer has a program called Launch Manager which controls the special buttons on the laptop. When I tried to install it it said something like "Wrong OS!" and terminated. So I ran the setup under Vista compatiblity mode and it installed successfully. The only bug I see so far is that avast! WHS doesn't "see" my laptop anymore (avast! Pro still works fine on it though).

    As good as 7 is, I still probably won't move on to it and hang on to Vista. With SP2 out now which fixed one last bug I was experiencing--slow loading of game icons after opening up Games Explorer--I am pretty much satisfied with what I got now.
     
  19. Kerodo

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    Hi Midway,

    Yep, I did take the plunge this morning and installed it. I must say, it is very very nice as far as I can tell so far. Much quicker in many ways than Vista, app and driver installs, general feel, etc. I like what they've done with the taskbar too. And I understand there are many under the hood improvements also. I am quite pleased with 7 so far, and to be honest, I don't think I'll go back to Vista, although I have my image here if I need it. No problems with Avast here, that's what I'm running as I heard someone mention an issue with Avira and 7, so I thought I'd wait till I hear more on that. I do have a Premium license, but am just going with Avast free for now.

    Anyway, glad I made the move, this should be a good one for MS. I am impressed. I think perhaps people can finally leave XP and move on to newer things soon.
     
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    My sentiments exactly :) In my opinion it would benefit more for XP users to upgrade.

    Since my SysAdmin is going to install 7 on a spare Dell laptop he has, I have decided to revert back to Vista on my laptop (which WHS just informed me it would take 20 mins to do). I will then install SP2 on it (I snagged the x86 version along with the x64 the other day) and return to my "perfect" setup.

    Don't take this as if I have anything against 7 but in my usage I really saw no difference as far as performance even on my low-end laptop. If I ever get tired of Vista (as I did with XP) then maybe I will move on. As it is, even after two and a half years, I am still discovering new things about Vista.

    I read an interesting article on Zdnet the other day which reflects a lot of my thinking on Win7.
     
  21. Kerodo

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    I am running on a triple core desktop here, not a laptop, but I do like Vista also, yet I really have to say that I notice a pretty large improvement in performance in 7. Just simple things like installing apps and various drivers, I can see things go quite a bit faster. App loading seems perhaps a hair quicker. Even though I'd choose Vista over other alternatives, I have to say it just feels sluggish in many ways and areas, especially now compared to 7. So for me, there is a distinct performance improvement. Maybe on a new laptop it wouldn't be as apparent? Not sure. But if I weren't running 7, I'd be on Vista, x64 all the way on both.... :thumb:
     
  22. Brian K

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    Kerodo,

    I'm not using a 64 bit OS. I read in the Dell newsgroup that you need 8 GB of RAM before x64 really makes a difference. Is that your experience?
     
  23. Kerodo

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    Nah, I wouldn't say that's true at all. I have 4 gigs ram here and have been doing fine for almost a year now on Vista x64, XP x64 and now Windows 7 x64. I'm not sure why they'd say 8 is needed, but I suppose it just depends on what you're doing with it.
     
  24. Brian K

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    Found it. Here are some quotes but it seems it's only one member's opinion. No-one else made positive or negative comments.

     
  25. midway40

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    4GB worked well for me, too. A couple of months ago I took some of my tax refund and purchased 8GB of G.Skill RAM for almost $100. I don't really need the extra RAM but it is nice to have just in case. This is the max RAM for the mobo Acer put into my M5620.

    One of Vista/7 64 advantages over XP64 is the caching of RAM. As I type this over 5GB is cached right now which makes the system more responsive. Unlike XP64 which only uses the RAM when needed, Vista/7 uses it for caching in addition with programs thus using the RAM to its full potential. There are no electronic cobwebs in my RAM, lol.
     

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