Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC)

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  1. NICK ADSL UK

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    Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We're on our way to Windows 7, and if you like trying out pre-release software, now’s your chance. You get to see what's coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly.

    How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you'd normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.

    Here's what you need to know:
    This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the RC.

    You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.

    Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)

    Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don't test the RC on your primary home or business PC.

    Tech details/updates: Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes and Things to Know for important information about the release.


    Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.

    Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.

    Installation: You can install the Windows 7 RC on a PC running Windows Vista without backing up the PC—but we encourage you to make a backup for safe keeping. If you’re running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you’ll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.

    To install and use the RC, you'll need to know how to:

    Troubleshoot problems. You're pretty much flying solo, so you'll need to handle your own tech support, and rely on other RC testers for their know-how

    Burn an ISO file to make an installation DVD

    Install Windows

    Backup and restore your PC

    Set up a network

    Create and use a system recovery disk


    To learn more about the Windows 7 RC, see Frequently asked questions.

    Here's what you need to have:
    Internet access (to download Windows 7 RC and get updates)

    A PC with these system requirements:

    1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

    1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

    16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)

    DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

    Please note these specifications could change. And, some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of "touch," may require advanced or additional hardware.

    Get the download
    The 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Just choose the version that fits the system you'll be using, pick your language, and click go to register for and download the RC.


    Downloading the Windows 7 RC could take a few hours.
    The exact time will depend on your internet provider, bandwidth, and traffic. The good news is that once you start the download, you won't have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If it gets interrupted, it'll restart where it left off. See this FAQ for details.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx
     
  2. Ade 1

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    Thanks. I was actally able to download x64 RC this morning from MS as soon as I came into work (that was 9am GMT) - over 7 hours ago. Downloaded the 3gb file within 2 hours using the Java downloader that MS have used. Put it onto my flash drive and will install when I get home this evening.
     
  3. DarrenDavisLeeSome

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    Do they really expect people to pay for this?

    Not that I'm in the marker for a new OS anyways.

    XP still beats Windows 7 as far as I'm concerned.

    Nice eye-candy. I mean, it does look nice. The default Magnifier is okay...little funky, will take some getting use to.

    Where the heck is the SendTo folder...at least Vista had that...? Or can we even customize the SendTo folder?

    I'm using the 32bit version right now.

    I'll check out the 64bit version later.

    Microsoft's gonna get another black eye with this.

    "We've got a loser here"
     
  4. Sully

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    I have been a die hard XP fan since I gave it a shot over 98se. I did not initially think XP was any good, matter of fact I remember cursing it for home use.

    Now I find myself in the same sort of situation with 7. XP is so familiar and fast that Vista or 7 seems like a downgrade.

    I have said before that the amount of interface changes in vista/7 are sort of counter productive. Seems like more work to even get to the correct properties page or whatever to be able to change things around.

    But, one thing I have learned over the years using MS products. They are not built for me, but for the average guy who wants certain things. Some parts are geared towards me, as an advanced user. But mostly, business users or home users, who do things very differently that I do.

    So what are we to do? Yes, we can keep XP, which I plan to do for some gaming. Or, we can just move on. I never thought I would be saying that LOL. But, hey, I am quite frankly tired of trying to tweak every last bit of performance out of an install due to hardware. Having used both Vista Ultimate lately, and the beta 7 and now this RC 7, it is faster than XP was when I first started using it. Due in most part to better hardware. Really, think about it. XP came just after the gigahertz barrier was broke by AMD with it's Athlon cpu. 512mb ram was a lot back then. XP ran ok, but I dare say not as fast as Vista/7 runs on my core2 with 4gigs of way faster ram, and much faster SATAII hdd with 32mb cache.

    There are those that like those old pair of sneakers in XP. I do. It is fine. And there are those that just enjoy getting a new pair because the old ones were just not that great. I think I will try 7 out quite a lot. I mean, it is free for a year. It will be around for what, 4 more years? More peeps will migrate to it. More vendors will build hardware or software that will slowly squeeze out legacy OS's. I can't say that 7 is better really than XP, because I don't think it is. But, I realize I can either get on board now, and not have to learn later, or stay on XP until I am forced to use 7 or it's successor if I want to upgrade hardware or use newer software. It is inevitable I believe.

    Who can say? I don't begrudge anyone who stays on XP. But I don't see the logic anymore of bashing 7. Vista is almost gone now. 7 is almost here. Can't change it.

    Sul.
     
  5. DarrenDavisLeeSome

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    You've got to be kidding....

    <<<<<snip>>>>>>

    Who said anything about changing it. If Microsoft's going to release another OS that the majority of people WOULD NOT buy, then that's their problem.

    Windows 7 is what it is: a piece of junk, bashing or no bashing. So what if Vista's almost gone. Windows 7 is supposed to make up for all of Vista's shortcomings...uh huh...right.

    You want to talk about logic? Windows 7 is another downgrade from Vista. Just like Vista was a downgrade from XP. Where's the logic in that? XP certainly was NOT a downgrade from Windows 98se (of course it must have been for you with that joke of the Home version). Just like buying any home version of anything, like a lawnmower: after 2 or 3 years the damn thing won't run anymore. Professional grades last longer.

    Before I even tried Windows 7 I knew of at least 5 other people first-hand who tried the previous beta release builds. All of them said it was worse than Vista. Now that I've experienced it for myself I will say it too: Windows 7 is worse than Vista. I wouldn't buy it if my life depended on it.

    I'll give it about another week or 2. See if I can't dig a little deeper and tweak a few more things to make it a little more palatible. Right now Windows 7 is to indigestible right now even for an RC, beta, or whatever MS wants to call it.
     
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    Thanks NICK ADSL UK for the post. I have intalled it and I seem to be running great, I actually like it.
     
  7. Brian K

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    Same here.

    I predict Win7 will be the most successful Microsoft OS release, ever.
     
  8. Ade 1

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    Stick to XP then - as soon as a thread about Vista or Win 7 is posted it doesn't take long for the bashers to appear does it?

    I actually really like Vista and Win 7 and going back to XP at work seems like a slog.
     
  9. Keyboard_Commando

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    I have stuck with XP all throughout Vista drama's wondering if I should upgrade/downgrade but its only out the boredom for familiarity that I've ever been tempted to switch. The reliability of XP has been fantastic. XP has rarely let me down.

    I have downloaded Win7 and I think it looks great. Seems quite user friendly ... folders & Control Panel options are well compartmentalised. I think now that many systems have greater power headrooms the great visuals and so on can be enjoyed without the worry of it affecting performance. Which was always a concern with XP - due to the hardware available at the time.

    I for once have to put Microsoft into my good books for allowing the lengthy chance to try Win7 and see how it goes.
     
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  10. mantra

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    is light like xp?
     
  11. CGA

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    I'm running it on a four year old laptop with 1 gb ram, built in Intel graphics and Centrino 1.8. I am really stunned over how smoothly it runs (without Aero off course).
     
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    NO, Mantra, for this it takes a lot more resources ...
     
  13. Creer

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    IMHO it very similiar, Win7 has automatic enabled few things like Windows Defender. I noticed that my system works faster on Windows 7 than on XP SP3 but this is my subjective opinion.
     
  14. rdsu

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    I've a similar system, so this is a good news for me... Even if I can disable a lot of useless services... :)

    Did you had the same impression with Vista? I never try it on my system... :)
     
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    What is your system?
     
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    Yep, isn't it amazing how the bashers appear almost instantly and bless us with their wisdom? ;)

    Running great here, no issues at all yet. This is the one for me. No desire to go back to either XP or Vista now... 7 seems very well done.
     
  17. Creer

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    Yesterday i have installed Windows 7 RC (7100), before that i had XP installed.
     
  18. Sully

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    Yes, you are stronly biased towards XP. No one is against XP. But some do embrace the new..

    You are serious about 98se? Were you using computers then? Strange, it was a big deal I vividly remember it. There were whole forums devoted to saving 98se, I think even petitions of some kind.

    No matter. You can stay on XP, no loss of respect. It is a great OS. But things will still push forward, MS will make new products to sell. People will buy them. Some won't like it. Some will just move on. Like I said, can't change it anyway.

    I think 7 is very snappy. Looks are alright, which as someone says, does make xp seem a little old looking. I had no problems installing it, only had an issue with a driver for my soundcard, which installing in compatability mode fixed. No complaints. I most definately do not think 7 is a downgrade from Vista. Having run them both, 7 is noticably faster for me. But then these kinds of statements are always subjective.

    And I agree, I think 7 will be a very successful OS as well. Much to the chagrin of some :D
     
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    A lot of the issues I had with Windows 7 beta seems to have been addressed. Runs very smooth. The only problem I have with it at present is the drastic changes they've made to Software Restriction Policy (SRP). It functions totally different. You can't run your browser as Basic User under Additional Rules and you can't run "All software files" under Enforcement either. At one point yesterday Win 7 would not boot up to Desktop because of these changes that I was not familiar with. I had to boot into Safe Mode and switch from "All software files" to "All software files except libraries" before I could recover. It seems that the Designated File Types restrictions are applied system wide now. Don't think I like that much. But other than that Win 7 runs beautifully.
     
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    I agree with you Sully, i also had a problems with my old good SB Live card, but now everything works as should :D
     
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    I will look into SRP tonight a little bit and see what you mean. I hope they don't change it too much :( , at least in the registry.

    Sul.
     
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    Since SP2 for Vista is coming soon, what advantages does W7 RC offer over Vista with SP2?
     
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    Can anyone tell me if Windows 7 RC 32bit can use the full 4gb of memory or does it have limits as in Vista and XP?

    TH
     
  24. rdsu

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    I'm talking about your system hardware... ;)
    Just to compare with mine...
     
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    http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/301891/leaked_copies_windows_7_rc_contain_trojan
     
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