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Windows 7 RC Shutdown Starts Next Month

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

The clock is ticking!

Users still toying with the Release Candidate (build 7100) of Windows 7--unleashed back in May 2009—will begin to see bi-hourly shutdowns beginning March 1. This means that Microsoft's free pre-release will suggest that users upgrade to a retail version, and then automatically shut down the PC every two hours. Let's face it: although the ride was fun, it's now time to pay the cab fare.

Of course, there will be many users trying to hold on until the very last second. That's ok—the software police won't drag you away in handcuffs. Instead, Microsoft will make the Windows 7 experience even more unpleasant (as if shutting down every two hours wasn't bad enough).

According to Ars Technica, June 1 will trigger a "non-genuine experience," thus revoking your Windows 7 license to drive, and removing your favorite wallpaper by replacing the backdrop with the message "This copy of Windows is not genuine" plastered at the lower right corner of the desktop.

Users of the Windows 7 RC will begin to see a kindly reminder starting February 15, letting you know on a daily basis that it's time to pull out the big bucks for the retail version. For consumers who still want to catch a free ride on the Windows 7 express, it's unofficially recommended to locate and install the Windows 7 RTM (build 7600) which was unleashed unto RC users in October 2009.

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    buckcm , February 1, 2010 10:32 PM
    I can say it has been a huge difference from XP Pro 64 bit to 7 Ultimate 64 bit in speed and the interface.
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    kyeana , February 1, 2010 10:52 PM
    Booo!!!
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    matt87_50 , February 1, 2010 10:55 PM
    lol, still be more bareable than using a Mac!

    from XP to win7? TOTALLY worth it. I'm saving up for some hardware so I can get the oem version.
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    Pei-chen , February 1, 2010 10:59 PM
    By bi-hourly, do you mean twice an hour or every two hour? :) 
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    LATTEH , February 1, 2010 11:00 PM
    D: i guess i have to go back to XP because i don't have the money to pay for the Win7 os i need 50 more dollars....
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    Raishi , February 1, 2010 11:25 PM
    pei-chenBy bi-hourly, do you mean twice an hour or every two hour?


    Every two hours.
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    p1n3apqlexpr3ss , February 1, 2010 11:34 PM
    There goes my chance or trying out w7... will have to wait to get new pc and get it then..
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    volks1470 , February 2, 2010 12:12 AM
    damn, I didn't know it was that soon! Although I think this the first time I will pay a copy of windows because I think it's worth it :) 
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    velocityg4 , February 2, 2010 2:02 AM
    Dang that sucks. I just don't want to have to go through the process of reinstalling all of my software. The games will take hours to reload. Fortunately I store all my data on a second hard drive (which is in the process of being moved to a server) so I won't have to fiddle with transferring 100's of GB's of data.
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    blackmancer , February 2, 2010 2:07 AM
    If you planned on never taking the machine online, couldn't you just change the date in your BIOS?? or have they actually thought about a product for once????
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    d-block , February 2, 2010 2:12 AM
    this is still around? cut them off!
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    haunted one , February 2, 2010 2:29 AM
    blackmancerIf you planned on never taking the machine online, couldn't you just change the date in your BIOS?? or have they actually thought about a product for once????


    Never take it online? Oh the horror! :o 
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    curnel_D , February 2, 2010 4:29 AM
    blackmancerIf you planned on never taking the machine online, couldn't you just change the date in your BIOS?? or have they actually thought about a product for once????

    Actually, this will automatically trigger a non-genuine installation flag on unactivated installations. They don't let you off that easy. :p 
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    JohnnyLucky , February 2, 2010 5:32 AM
    Wasn't it made clear up front that free trial was temporary?
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    randomizer , February 2, 2010 7:16 AM
    Hacks... That is all.
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    buwish , February 2, 2010 8:14 AM
    It's tax refund season- just save use a bit of your refund on a new copy of Windows and you're good to go until W8 comes out in 3 months;)
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    oldscotch , February 2, 2010 8:36 AM
    Just got the family edition delivered today, I might miss the XP compatibility mode, but can't argue with the price.
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    oldscotch , February 2, 2010 8:38 AM
    JohnnyLuckyWasn't it made clear up front that free trial was temporary?


    Very clear, yeap. Though I thought we had until June or something.
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    back_by_demand , February 2, 2010 8:59 AM
    I ran the 7100 then the 7600 until December then the missus got me the student offer version for £30 for Home Premium.
    Some online retailers like Aria can sell the full retail version from around £75.
    For god sake, stop being so goddam cheap, stick your hand in your pocket for once every 8 years or so and buy something.
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    mforce2 , February 2, 2010 9:00 AM
    Which reminds me I've go to activate my pirated Windows 7. Oops , oh well I said now
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