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Public? Your Beta is Arriving

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a b $ Windows 7
January 8, 2009 9:55:27 AM

Well... If you have a membership for Connect, MSDN, or Technet, anyways... The Pages are up - Though the download links aren't active yet on my Technet subscription. Tomorrow - January 9th, is apparently 'The' day.

Microsoft Connect:


and Technet:

More about : public beta arriving

January 8, 2009 11:35:12 AM

Wow thanks! I'll add that to my VMs
January 8, 2009 12:38:25 PM

This CNN article suggests beta release Friday:

Microsoft's Ballmer touts 'best version of Windows ever'

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday ...
... As expected, Ballmer announced that Microsoft is releasing a beta version of Windows 7, which will be available for download beginning Friday. The news suggests the world's largest software maker may be giving up efforts to rehabilitate its often-maligned Vista operating system, which was released worldwide in January 2007.

By Brandon Griggs
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January 8, 2009 9:44:19 PM

Maybe that's too optimistic?
a b $ Windows 7
January 8, 2009 10:32:07 PM

I tried the MSDN link and the Connect, gives me a 404 after logging in on both MSDN and Connect.
January 8, 2009 11:10:42 PM

Server overload?
a b $ Windows 7
January 9, 2009 12:45:16 AM

^May be, even still I can't get in. Wish me luck on Friday!
January 9, 2009 7:31:58 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^May be, even still I can't get in. Wish me luck on Friday!

Find a mirror?
a b $ Windows 7
January 9, 2009 9:17:19 AM

oh just use the torrent sites, theres 32bit and 64bit versions available.
January 9, 2009 4:52:58 PM

I have to say, torrenting isn't the answer.

Figure it out for yourself.

Good luck in the future.
January 9, 2009 7:34:00 PM

Torrenting isn't a smart idea... unless your downloading Linux from a trusted provider... but still...
a b $ Windows 7
January 9, 2009 8:17:01 PM

Downloading it right now at 180-250kbs! Peaking at 600-800kbs!

Found the links:

I'm getting the x64 version. Right now (as of 5:15 PM here in VA) it's at 20%. (Total is 3230MB). Using Free Download Manager to download it.

Win 7 x86:

Win 7 x64:

Any ways, I hate the new website lay out.
January 9, 2009 8:56:08 PM

I already have this up and running. Honestly, it seems just like Visat to me and I actually like the new status bar LESS tha in Vista.

Like all M$ I look at it and think , "Why the HECK did it take these guys YEARS to come up with THIS?" For me, it is just a spit and polish on Vista that seems more like a re-skinning than anything new or dramatic.
a b $ Windows 7
January 9, 2009 10:06:28 PM

^Well that's aesthetics. I'm more worried about performance. Win 7 is "suppose to" run on Netbooks (aka Atom), well see.
January 9, 2009 10:19:45 PM

News from Windows 7 website.

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal—we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

Or should I have said, No News?

You would think a company like Microflop could afford to put more than two guys with laptops on the job to handle 2.5 mil downloads. LOL!
January 9, 2009 11:46:21 PM

Lol, they had a server overload from huge demand =P. Now they have more server to fix the problem =).
January 10, 2009 12:58:09 AM

Where do you get keys for this if you want to activate legitimately? I've had it for 2 days now but obviously haven't activated.
January 10, 2009 3:00:20 AM

it will run without a key. I have already installed ATI CCC8.12 and i am now installing cod5.

This is my first 64bit. I like it. IT seems so much faster than xp 32.
January 10, 2009 4:05:41 AM

You don't need a key. Just untick the "activate when I'm onlie" and click "next".
January 10, 2009 4:44:07 AM

About how long do these betas last? will it only be for the 30 days? or up close to the official launch?
January 10, 2009 6:46:16 AM

30 days without key, 1 August 2009 with a key (or some time in August, can't remember the exact date).
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 7:01:08 AM

Fresh install of Windows 7 64 BETA seems faster than Vista 64 loading up Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Suite and all the patches which takes a considerabe time. MS Offce 2000 works! Anyone else notice Windows 7 64 Beta running faster? I have the Beta installed on an NF4 chipset with a single core 2.4GHz. processor and 2 GB PC3200. Thanks Randomizer.
January 10, 2009 7:22:54 AM

Installed on a spare machine. loads up with just 712mb or ram out of 2GB. I'm surprised by how fast it is considering it has a pentium D 820 and a ati 2400HD
January 10, 2009 9:38:38 AM

Lots of people claim they think its faster... could be the placebo effect... gonna wait for bechies...
January 10, 2009 12:14:26 PM

I think win 7 64 is faster, but I am comparing it to xp 32.

Boot time is not that impressive, better but not like i have read. Boot is slightly faster than xp 32.

overall i think it is faster. I picked up 10-20 fps in COD5. I think it is much smoother. Considering it is a beta, i am surprised. Once the retail comes out with all the BS, that may bloat it.

Really, being a beta i am impressed overall with the performance and compatibility with drivers. It worked fine without all the 3rd party device drivers installed. It booted perfectly and gave me no "new hardwar" boxes. It took most of my 32 bit drivers, like realtek and all my 64 bit drivers (ATI CCC8.12, etc.) except it my Gigabyte-realtek LAN driver was not compatible. Although win7 used it own driver for it without an issue.
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 2:32:06 PM

I loaded the 64 bit version on a 74G Raptor. Installed it on a Socket 754 MB with an AMD 3200, Nvidia 5900 Ultra, 1 GB PC3200, NF3 MB. Everything worked fine except the Lan driver. I tried every driver I had and none would load properly. Deleted all the NF3 drivers and loaded the hard drive into an NF4 machine with AMD 64 4000, 2GB PC3200 RAM and 7900GT. This machine was loaded with Windows XP. Windows 7 64 BETA sems to run very fast loading the software I have so far. Seems a lot like Vista, but more responsive. That could be because of the fresh install or like 50mg mentioned a lack of the anticipated bloatware.
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 3:12:28 PM

I tried that site last night. Worked this morning. Thanks Knotnut.
January 10, 2009 3:31:00 PM

Thanks knotknut, I got the keys - but I can't seem to get more than 680+ MB of the 2.4 GB iso downloaded, then it just stops with the "download complete" message ...

I'm using Firefox, do i need to go to IE?
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 3:51:58 PM

Have you tried the link Shadow supplied? I used IE and that link for the 64 bit version. It was slow, but worked perfect once the download was complete.
January 10, 2009 4:00:29 PM

I was going for the 32 bit version - maybe I'll try the x64 and see ... that, or try the download tonight late. Keys I got, iso's I need :cry: 
January 10, 2009 4:02:41 PM

key link is not working for me.

nvm, found another link to key. got it.

a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 4:07:19 PM

I think the servers are super busy and you may be being dropped from the server. Shadow's link worked the first time I tried it. It was slow, but never dropped me. Better get the download started, it took hours! Yeah, try the 64 bit version. Like I said NF3, no Lan driver I could find to work. NF4 works very well (no ! in Device manager). When I tried MS updates for the Start Menu, MS loaded up a driver for my 7900GTO and a couple of other system drivers (Sound Realtek). So, yeah if yoiu have a NF4 or newer MB, the 64 bit version should not give any trouble. This BETA appears to be useful, runs much better than Vista BETA 1.
January 10, 2009 4:15:42 PM

I'm at the "offical" MS 7 Beta (technet) page now on another machine. Seems to be d/ling ok, but it always starts out fast ... then peters out and dies.
This time I'm using IE, so we'll see. This is like 9-10 attempts ...
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 4:27:45 PM

After I completed the download on my personal machine, I clicked on the download nd Nero 7 popped up and allowed me to do a one click burn od Win 7 64 BETA to DVD. I expected that. So, if you have Nero or some other compotent 'burn' software installed on the machine you are downloading to, should work that way. I used a spare HD to load up the OS DVD. I can move that HD around to any system I want to. I can keep that HD for BETA 2 when it is available.
January 10, 2009 4:33:06 PM

I think my Nero should still burn iso's - it's a torrent grab. If not, I'll use ImgBurn. If I can, I'll try to get the x64 too - just for sh*ts and giggles.
January 10, 2009 4:35:32 PM

Just got my key to Windows 7 64 bit and it has been activated. It seems to be a little faster than the Vista Ultimate but boot up is about the same. Last night I had a problem with the ATI drivers for my HD3870 and had to reinstall Windows 7 and use the OS drivers. The CCC & drivers for Windows 7 was from ATI's website and everytime I started up it would say drivers not installed. The OS drivers are working fine. Had to use Kaspersky's Anti-Virus. My McAfee Security Suite would not work and McAfee at this moment has not posted any update or upgrade for this OS. LOL everyone
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 4:41:44 PM

I used a AMD 64 4000 San Diego single core and 2 x 1 GB OCZ Platinum PC3200 2-3-2-5. That's wahat I was saying, the Win 64 bit version really responed to that pair when I loaded up Office 2000 Small Business from CD and then online updates. I looked through Win 7 system services and saw Superfectch was enabled. I was going to try a Readyboost drive and see if that was an option. Oh well, at least you can load up a truckload of RAM on the 64 bit and have the OS actively access all of it. You 64 bit processor would be receiving 64 bit instruction from the 64 bit OS even if no other software was 64. So, yeah that's enough for me.
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2009 5:18:07 PM

randomizer said:
Where do you get keys for this if you want to activate legitimately? I've had it for 2 days now but obviously haven't activated.

I have 5 extra keys. PM me if you need one.
January 10, 2009 7:04:15 PM

I used imageburn to create my dvd. Worked seemlessly.

I used firefox to download it. LOL. I like IE, but i always use FF for any big download.

I do like IE8, what i have used so far.
January 10, 2009 8:11:16 PM

So when does this beta expire?
January 10, 2009 8:16:38 PM

amdfangirl said:
Torrenting isn't a smart idea... unless your downloading Linux from a trusted provider... but still...
Exactly. Something with a hash, which is no guarantee, is one thing, which would probably make 7 fine as well. I had a friend who use to be a torrent freak. I was constantly cleaning his machine, from every virus and trojan known. It used to drive me crazy.
January 10, 2009 8:19:50 PM

amdfangirl said:
So when does this beta expire?

I think August 1
January 11, 2009 1:37:02 AM

Zorg said:
Exactly. Something with a hash, which is no guarantee, is one thing, which would probably make 7 fine as well. I had a friend who use to be a torrent freak. I was constantly cleaning his machine, from every virus and trojan known. It used to drive me crazy.

I've compared MD5 and SHA-1 hashes with what people reported from the official files and the torrents came up clean. Interestingly, MSDN has a slightly different download size to the torrents and the public beta site.
a b $ Windows 7
January 11, 2009 12:24:44 PM

^Correct. The MSDN is bigger by ~50-100MB.
January 11, 2009 2:36:04 PM

Something strange happens for me
I create an account in MS,and when i click on download (i want the 64bit version) it tells me to give the password and when i do,after some minutes, it says "Internet explorer can not open this page" anyone knows hy ?