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So what happens after the Windows 7 beta time limit?

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March 30, 2009 12:01:46 AM

I have both x86 and x64 windows 7, but what will happen when MS stops the beta? Will I just have to order a windows 7 copy? Will I be able to keep the beta installed and buy a new product key?
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March 30, 2009 12:56:22 AM

BETA 2. BETA 3 unlikely. Then the official release.
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March 30, 2009 5:08:10 AM

Doesn't build 7048 go to like 2010 or something?
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March 30, 2009 1:22:20 PM

I believe you'll need to install a fresh final release. You may be able to do an upgrade install but no promises. If you try and keep using the beta/RC it will be flagged as illegal and reduce functionality.
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March 31, 2009 5:32:45 AM

Assuming what happened for vista beta, you will get a message saying "Your evaluation period has expired".
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March 31, 2009 2:23:45 PM

More than likely what'll happen is you'll get a week or so of messages letting you know the evaluation's going to expire giving you a chance to back up whatever needs saving, then it'll be flagged as illegal and have reduced functionality, or require a product key from a retail version before you can use it (though this is the least likely of the 2)
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April 4, 2009 5:28:33 PM

Thanks, I did not want loose all my data.
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April 4, 2009 6:23:15 PM

erm, you keep important data on a beta OS that you knew from the start that it had an expiry date !
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April 4, 2009 7:00:15 PM

No not really, I just did not want to install games and loose savegames, data like that.
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April 5, 2009 3:25:04 PM

for the love of god, partition... or better yet, another HDD.
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