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Microsoft Reveals End Date For Win7RC Downloads

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Microsoft has announced that aspiring Windows 7 RC users only have until August 15 to download the RC.

Microsoft’s Stephen L. Rose penned a blog post earlier this week and reminded folks still using the Windows 7 Beta release that their days were numbered when it comes to downloading the RC.

Starting next Wednesday, July 1, the Beta will start to reboot every two hours and expire one month later, on August 1.

Don’t worry, users can still install the RC and get a key if they need one, post August 15. Just hit up the download page and follow the instructions. The Release Candidate is set to expire on June 1 of next year.

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    antemon , June 24, 2009 3:18 PM
    wait, I thought the reboot thing was going to take effect NEXT YEAR!
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    sn4re , June 24, 2009 3:26 PM
    antemonwait, I thought the reboot thing was going to take effect NEXT YEAR!


    next year for the RC, next week for the beta.
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    Anonymous , June 24, 2009 3:36 PM
    Yes, for the RC not the beta.
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    perpetual98 , June 24, 2009 3:46 PM
    Is the MS download still an older version? Wait, I just checked. It's still 7100. Are there "official" versions of 7200 (or 7260 or whatever they're up to) that are available without having to torrent them?
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    B-Unit , June 24, 2009 3:54 PM
    Probably for members of TechNet etc. The general public is stuck with 7100.
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    Wayoffbase , June 24, 2009 4:44 PM
    B-UnitProbably for members of TechNet etc. The general public is stuck with 7100.

    Technet subscribers are also only getting the official 7100 release, which works fine for me. I'll still be able to download the retail version as soon as it's released.
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    dingumf , June 24, 2009 5:51 PM
    Simply format hdd and reinstall. Also no connect internet.
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    akoegle , June 24, 2009 6:12 PM
    Title should read Windows 7 Beta, Not RC.
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    trkorecky , June 24, 2009 7:04 PM
    akoegleTitle should read Windows 7 Beta, Not RC.


    It should, if it were talking about Windows 7 Beta. It's talking about RC, and how that will no longer be available for download after August 15th. Tom's just stuck the tidbit about the Beta expiring so people snag the RC before the time is up.
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    oldscotch , June 24, 2009 7:33 PM
    trkoreckyIt should, if it were talking about Windows 7 Beta. It's talking about RC, and how that will no longer be available for download after August 15th. Tom's just stuck the tidbit about the Beta expiring so people snag the RC before the time is up.


    Yes, but then it says "Don’t worry, users can still install the RC and get a key if they need one, post August 15. Just hit up the download page and follow the instructions. The Release Candidate is set to expire on June 1 of next year"

    So is the RC available for download after Aug 15 or no? Title says one thing, article says another.

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    Anonymous , June 25, 2009 10:27 AM
    @oldscotch

    No, it doesn't contradict itself. Microsoft will cease offering downloads of the RC on August 15th, but users will still be able to install it and obtain an official key after that date. They'll apparently be able to obtain these keys from the download page, even if the download itself is no longer being offered there.
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    oldscotch , June 25, 2009 12:58 PM
    Ah, I see. I was intermixing "download" and "install".