Windows 7 Beta Download Limit Removed

Saturday Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said that the company is removing the Windows 7 beta limit for two weeks.

Last week Microsoft pulled the 2.6 GB beta off the download servers, as heavy traffic overwhelmed and eventually brought the servers crumbling down to their knees in a black, smoking heap. The company had no clue when the Windows 7 Beta would return for mass consumption, however it appears that the beta OS returned to download status sometime this past Saturday. So far, everything looks peachy: the company isn't complaining about smoking processors or burned network cables.

However, to appease the masses, Microsoft took pity on aggravated downloaders and decided to lift the overall 2.5 million limit. This means more consumers can download and check out the beta than previously allowed.

"Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not ideal so we listened and took the necessary steps to ensure a good experience," LeBlanc said in his post. "We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th). During that time you will have access to the beta even if the download number exceeds the 2.5 million unit limit."

Microsoft seems quite excited about consumer enthusiasm towards Windows 7, however it should also throw up a red flag in regards to the overall feelings towards the current operating system, Windows Vista. Many editors test driving the new OS are giving it praises and offering burnt sacrifices, however others simply despise it, saying that Windows 7 is nothing more than a glorified version of Vista.

Still, consumers interested in checking out the beta should head here.

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  • mersonix
    Good, this OS won't be broken.
  • n3ard3ath
    'however others simply despise it, saying that Windows 7 is nothing more than a glorified version of Vista.'

    It is in fact. I'm pretty sure this could have been distributed via a Windows Vista Service Pack 2. So Microsoft releasing that as an enterely new OS so soon after Vista's release, I mean, this gotta be a punch in the face for all Vista consumers who paid hard money for an half-good OS and hardware upgrades in order to be able to run it decently. I mean, 4gigs minimum to run it as it should with all the 'super duper' Aero effect, when you can get a real 3D accelerated desktop interface on Linux platforms with Beryl with only a basic 3D acceleration option and 512mb of Ram, give me a break. And no, Linux is now not harder to use than any Windows platform as a user only perspective. Only OS deep configuration and customization require some research.
  • TheFace
    Isn't a glorified version of Vista what everyone wants? I mean as of now there isn't much wrong with Vista, except that it's bloated. 7 is supposed to address that, i.e. make things faster, snappier, add more support, a few more features, and be a bit more stable. I use Vista x64 now and it's fine. If people are waiting for a version to upgrade to from XP, and they think that Vista is bad for some reason, then it seems the glorified version (Windows 7) will be the way to go.