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Windows 7 Beta No Longer Available for DL

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Windows fans who have been meaning to get around to downloading the Windows 7 Beta have officially missed the boat. The Beta is officially offline as of today. Those in the midst of downloading have until February 12 to complete their download and those who have yet to get a product key can do so at their leisure.

Users who visit the download page are now being greeted with “Sorry, Windows 7 Beta downloads are no longer available. If your download was interrupted, you can still finish it. And, you can still register for a product key or look up the key you've already gotten.”

There’s also a few reminders for Beta testers, like watching the release notes for updated reports on bugs and fixes.

We’ve been writing about all things Windows 7 for a while but one thing we haven’t done is ask you guys what you think of it -- what do you think of the six versions of Windows 7; which version will you be getting; or if you’re upgrading to Windows 7 at all. Let us know in the comments section below!

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    Tindytim , February 10, 2009 5:57 PM
    What Vista should have been.

    This doesn't change the fact that there is very little new. I'm more excited about what will be in NT 7.0 (Windows 7 is ironically NT 6.1).
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    Tekkamanraiden , February 10, 2009 6:10 PM
    Amusing since I had to get a torrent version as the one from Microsoft kept crapping out during download.
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    A Stoner , February 10, 2009 6:16 PM
    Looking at what I see, the speed at which they release new versions, I am hoping that Windows 8 will be more to my liking. I am sticking with XP until I can no longer play the games I like on it. They will probably be releasing a windows 7.1, 7.11, 7.5 and 7.999 between now and when when they actually make a new OS and charging for each service pa.. um new release.
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    eddieroolz , February 10, 2009 6:16 PM
    Mine downloaded fine actually. Finished it in about two hours I believe, no hiccups.

    Like I've been saying on my blog, I really like what I've seen so far. I hope I can have enough cash to buy the Ultimate, but Home Premium wouldn't be too bad for me either.

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    Anonymous , February 10, 2009 6:20 PM
    The best Windows yet

    I put it on my new built machine and am loving the faster boot and shutdown times. This looks like it should be a hit, (slicker and faster). I like the new task bar. I will be switching all my Vista machines over to this when released.It will make my laptop respond faster and leaner.
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    hop , February 10, 2009 6:24 PM
    for those who can't wait, try windows server 2008 R2.
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    Anonymous , February 10, 2009 7:28 PM
    How can you trust a company that treats its customers like this? I feel sorry for all the people that invested in Vista. XP is working fine for me. I just don't see that a need has been created to upgrade. Why should I? My favorite games still play (rock solidly I might add) on XP with very minimal penalties in graphics. It just seems like a bunch of marketing bullcrap.
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    jerreece , February 10, 2009 8:25 PM
    I just find it amusing that in the Screenshot in the article, if you zoom in on the Computer Basic Info screen, it shows Copyright 2007.

    LOL Here we are in 2009, and their latest Beta Windows 7 still shows a Copyright of 2007. But, then again... perhaps Microsoft is just admitting what everyone else already claims. Windows 7 is just Vista with patches...?
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    igimax , February 10, 2009 8:29 PM
    Hi everyone

    About Windows 7, It's a Vista with new look and with some reprogramming and solving some vista bugs that results ====> New OS with XP speed!!! (and little up!) so until now, no revolution happened here!

    About Download! I was downloading it through torrent, coz bad Microsoft server problems!

    Good Lock
    IgImAx
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    igimax , February 10, 2009 8:33 PM
    jerreeceI just find it amusing that in the Screenshot in the article, if you zoom in on the Computer Basic Info screen, it shows Copyright 2007.LOL Here we are in 2009, and their latest Beta Windows 7 still shows a Copyright of 2007. .......?

    If you look at left windows you can see Build 6801 and it is not the final one! (right now is 7000)
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    igimax , February 10, 2009 9:08 PM
    I'm running some test on XP SP3 and Windows 7 Build 7000 to find out new OS performance and here their results:

    * My System Specifications(I know it! Its too old!)
    Processor = ...... Intel 3GHz HT - 1MB Cache - Socket 478
    Phy. Memory = .... (512MB * 2) 1024MB
    VGA = ............ MSI NVidia Gforce 5600 * 256MB


    1) Boot time (from Start until desktop appear)
    Windows XP SP3: .... 30.25
    Windows 7: ......... 40.04 (By Disabling Network = 38.31 + also By disabling Aero = 37.63)


    2) Start and Completely load time of "Office Word 2003" and "Adobe Photoshop CS2"
    Office Word 2007 @ XP SP3 : ................................ FS(1) 6.80 .. SS 1.86
    Office Word 2007 @ XP SP3 with Super Cache enabled (2): .... FS 4.35 .. SS 1.92
    Office Word 2007 @ W7beta : ................................ FS 6.08 .. SS 1.09

    Adobe Photoshop cs2 @ XP SP3 : .............................FS 16.60 .. SS 6.39
    Adobe Photoshop cs2 @ XP SP3 with Super Cache enabled : ... FS 13.12 .. SS 5.99
    Adobe Photoshop cs2 @ W7beta : .............................FS 16.64 .. SS 10.43


    3) Compressing a 108MB text file (using WinRAR v3.80)
    Windows XP SP3: ... 1:07.07
    Windows XP SP3 with Super Cache enabled (2) .... 1:06.31
    Windows 7: ........ 1:19.54

    (1): FS = First Time Start & SS = Second Time Start (to test Windows caching capabilities)
    (2): Super Cache is a great caching program from SuperSpeed company.

    What about yours!?
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    pent5ht , February 10, 2009 10:02 PM
    yeah vista really ate up my resources i was getting a 3d Mark score of 12600 with XP pro its a score of 13200, Vista really eats up more resources some are fine with it, And some want optimized performance. I like the optimized performance i get with XP, vista really used my CPU to, 5-10 percent moving mouse, XP stays at 0 percent, I like XP Sp3 for now it runs faster and eats less resources, And updating is so much faster on XP, some like vista and how it looks but your taking a real performance hit with vista, Some can deal with it And some dont notice due to a high grade setup, Windows 7 is probobly gonna be my next upgrade
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    joex444 , February 10, 2009 10:47 PM
    @igimax: check out your second start times. the way vista was designed is to keep programs in RAM unless something else needs it, whereas XP dumps everything and leaves you with a bunch of free RAM (*not* being used). This shows up in your word 2007 SS scores -- 1.09s is just under twice as fast as XP. the reason it doesn't translate in photoshop is 1GB of RAM is insufficient. with a more reasonable 4, 6 or 8GB setup you would notice photoshop starts up much quicker on windows 7 (vista architecture) than on xp the second time. also, given your aging hardware i'm willing to guess your hard drive is a major bottleneck unless you have a 3 or 4 drive raid0 array (4 old drives in raid0 is still faster than 1 new drive with a decent controller).

    obviously with faster cpu, the differences in speeds would be much less apparent. 10 seconds difference in bootup time is noticeable, but consider it on a quad core 3ghz core 2, that gap should translate to around 2 seconds or less if it scales linearly with processing power (netburst was garbage), even with your old ram. my basic point is that i would expect windows 7 vs windows xp comparisons to reveal very little difference in performance, even if xp has the edge it is so minimal with modern hardware i don't find any rationalization to run an antiquated os. fact of the matter is vista is very mature and stable, windows 7 builds on this. i believe the initial driver issues nvidia had with vista have tainted its reputation -- you still hear people afraid to use vista because of driver issues and these were resolved nearly 2 years ago. that also plagued gaming scores and stability, but none of it was MS's fault -- it was nvidia's. now with stable drivers i think people will adopt windows 7 more than vista and we can actually get people to ditch xp. there's no reason to use an 8 year old os. in fact, i bet a comparison between xp and windows 2000 would reveal that win2k is faster -- we should all switch to that and get it to load 400ms quicker and play games with 0.8fps more!
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    DJ898 , February 11, 2009 1:16 AM
    Also 1 comment about the complaint of vista hogging resources...
    I read that vista uses free RAM and CPU cycles to preload and cache apps and data. So even if vista uses 5 to 10% of cpu when moving a mouse to me that is fine because when vista loads an app like a game it puts all of the computers resources into the game.
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    curnel_D , February 11, 2009 1:31 AM
    Win 7 is nice. I'm getting used to the start bar, and actually prefer it over xp/vista. Makes things a ton easier.

    Aside from startup times, I've not noticed a difference in speed. But from the beggining, I've thought it was a placebo effect. Windows Vista used a 3d desktop with a hardware driven GUI, and precached and shared the precached memory and CPU cycles. Everyone seen 40-50 percent resources used on startup and shouted OMG!!!ONEELEVEN, Resource Hog Vista!!! But with today's standard hardware, it performs on par, if not faster than XP, with direct X 10 and better tools/usability.

    Do I think Windows 7 is nice? Deffinately. It will reface Vista's fugly public image.

    Will I be Getting Windows 7 on release? Yes, but only because of the Handy MSDN network that provides me with a free copy.
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    turbolover22 , February 11, 2009 2:06 AM
    Will I be Getting Windows 7 on release? Yes, but only because of the Handy MSDN network that provides me with a free copy.



    Nice, I hadn't thought of that!!!!
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    dallasjoh , February 11, 2009 3:48 AM
    It's what Vista should have been!!! I havw Vista Ultimate 64 bit. I got it when it first came out. Will I purchase W-7 maybe, and if I did it would be the Ultimate version. I believe that MS should give us a discount on Windows 7 if we had purchased Vista!!!!!!!!!
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    Tindytim , February 11, 2009 3:51 AM
    dallasjohIt's what Vista should have been!!! I havw Vista Ultimate 64 bit. I got it when it first came out. Will I purchase W-7 maybe, and if I did it would be the Ultimate version. I believe that MS should give us a discount on Windows 7 if we had purchased Vista!!!!!!!!!


    It's called the upgrade version.
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    vectorm12 , February 11, 2009 6:51 AM
    I would agree with the idea of having major discounts for Vista owners. I myself purchased Vista for the single reason that I needed a 64bit version of Windows. As I was uable to aquire a copy of XPx64 I had no choise but to settle for Vista which in my opinion still is a far worse choise than XPx64 despite some of XP's drawbacks. Microsoft really did drop the ball with Vista and they should make it up to the users who had Vista more or less forced on them due to software requirements.
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    Tindytim , February 11, 2009 7:03 AM
    Microsoft is apparently going to have an upgrade version for people to go from XP to 7.
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