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Windows 7 Beta 1 Hitting January 13

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Windows 7 appears to be advancing at a noticeable pace, with the first beta release hitting developer hands in just little over a month.

Bob Familiar noted on his blog that attendees of upcoming MSDN conferences will receive a Windows 7 Beta DVD when it is available. Keith Combs from Technet further clarified this point saying that attendees of the January 13 events in Chicago and Minneapolis will be able to pick up the DVDs at the event itself.

The official MSDN Developer Conference page verifies the upcoming release of the beta, stating, “All attendees will receive a Windows 7 Beta DVD. If the Windows 7 Beta is not available at the time of the event, the DVD will be shipped to attendees when it becomes available.”

It looks like Microsoft is aiming to erase the talk of Vista as soon as possible. Windows 7 is slated to ship in time for holiday 2009.

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    eklipz330 , December 4, 2008 9:39 PM
    my friend ran this flawlessly on a computer with p3 @ 1.6ghz w/ 512mb ram.. he hates all OS's equally, but this is the first OS he's gonna get on opening day... AND IM GOING WITH HIM
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    blackwidow_rsa , December 4, 2008 9:50 PM
    pretty negative guy then. and great that you ran a yet unfinished os on 512mb, nearly no pcs ship with that amount anymore
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    Tindytim , December 4, 2008 10:13 PM
    BlackWidow_rsapretty negative guy then. and great that you ran a yet unfinished os on 512mb, nearly no pcs ship with that amount anymore

    It does extremely well. Pretty damn stable even though it's not the full OS.
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    justsomeone , December 4, 2008 10:34 PM
    TindytimIt does extremely well. Pretty damn stable even though it's not the full OS.


    It's the full version that concerns me. Will it behave as well when it puts on the pounds?
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    prodigy22 , December 5, 2008 12:14 AM
    What concerns me is driver support. Will this create just more sound driver support issues for the team at creative? and inefficient gaming performance under DX10? cause it seems like its the same vista core except less resources and better memory utilization
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    liemfukliang , December 5, 2008 1:04 AM
    I have try the build 6801, and this is the best os I ever used.
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    eddieroolz , December 5, 2008 3:09 AM
    I agree, I've been using only Build 6801 for the past three weeks and it is miles more refined than Vista, which I think was already great. I can't wait for it become a full-fledged OS.

    I really want the DVD. Just for commemorative purposes. Too bad it's in Chicago...
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    V8VENOM , December 5, 2008 4:27 AM
    You've got to be kidding??? It's crashed on me 3 times in 1 hour. Stable?

    Try looking at the Event Viewer and switch quickly between various event log events, MMC crashes big time. Ugh this is horrible? What do you folks do that have a build of Windows 7??? Nothing? OMG, just push it a little and it tumbles down and not very gracefully either.

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    jaragon13 , December 5, 2008 7:34 AM
    I suspect an apple fanboy...
    Anyways,I'll probably just end up pirating the beta,since microsoft doesn't want to give meany of the betas... :) 
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    Tindytim , December 5, 2008 8:01 AM
    V8VENOMYou've got to be kidding??? It's crashed on me 3 times in 1 hour. Stable?Try looking at the Event Viewer and switch quickly between various event log events, MMC crashes big time. Ugh this is horrible? What do you folks do that have a build of Windows 7??? Nothing? OMG, just push it a little and it tumbles down and not very gracefully either.

    What Build were you using? Build 6801 is quite stable.

    justsomeoneIt's the full version that concerns me. Will it behave as well when it puts on the pounds?

    I think Microsoft has learned a few lessons with Vista that they won't easily forget. I remember the Vista betas, and those were pretty bad. The fact that I can use something that isn't even a Beta, as a stable OS gives me quite a bit of hope for the final product.
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    giovanni86 , December 5, 2008 9:05 AM
    Vista is great. I have yet to have a problem with it. I cfan't wait for windows 7.
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    Pei-chen , December 5, 2008 10:06 AM
    eklipz330my friend ran this flawlessly on a computer with p3 @ 1.6ghz w/ 512mb ram.. he hates all OS's equally, but this is the first OS he's gonna get on opening day... AND IM GOING WITH HIM

    Is your friend using an overclocked Tualatin core P3?
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    thomasxstewart , December 5, 2008 11:33 AM
    Microsoft is not considered volitile stock since it plunged from $140 range to $25 DECADE ago, in wake of present problems microsoft fell to $13, yet has now recovered to $19 in two weeks. Good going Microsoft.

    Finally getting NT6 down to one o/s for 32 & one for 64 bit is big start. 2011 is predicted to be first all 64 bit o/s, windows 8.

    Signed:p HYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.
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    Shadow703793 , December 5, 2008 12:05 PM
    eklipz330my friend ran this flawlessly on a computer with p3 @ 1.6ghz w/ 512mb ram.. he hates all OS's equally, but this is the first OS he's gonna get on opening day... AND IM GOING WITH HIM

    Are you serious??? After all Win 7 is based on the Vista code base.
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    nekatreven , December 5, 2008 12:51 PM
    It looks like Microsoft is aiming to erase the talk of Vista as soon as possible.

    I'm so sick of people writing that crap. They'"It looks like Microsoft is aiming to erase the talk of Vista as soon as possible."

    I'm so sick of people writing that crap. MS will work to erase Win7 just as fast.

    Making the release cycle faster keeps people from getting all attached like they did with XP.

    These days claiming MS is trying to forget vista and move on quickly is misleading and sounds ignorant.
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    Tindytim , December 5, 2008 1:10 PM
    nekatrevenIt looks like Microsoft is aiming to erase the talk of Vista as soon as possible. I'm so sick of people writing that crap. They'"It looks like Microsoft is aiming to erase the talk of Vista as soon as possible."I'm so sick of people writing that crap. MS will work to erase Win7 just as fast.Making the release cycle faster keeps people from getting all attached like they did with XP.These days claiming MS is trying to forget vista and move on quickly is misleading and sounds ignorant.


    Before the whole Vista wait, we'd get a new Windows version every 2-3 years. So this isn't all that new. Vista was delayed a couple years.
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    nebun , December 5, 2008 2:31 PM
    microsoft will never be stable, no matter what you do. you know why? crappy drivers from everyone else. fix the drivers and the OS becomes stable. Take a look at Apple, for the most part they develop their own drivers, system is more stable :) 
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    zerapio , December 5, 2008 2:40 PM
    I also found build 6801 to be quite stable for a pre-alpha version. Granted, I didn't push the OS too much but for comparison Vista at that stage was very hard to use.
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    giovanni86 , December 6, 2008 5:44 AM
    Mac is shit.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2008 8:30 AM
    Microsoft now implements Mojave Experiment on a large scale: Vista dubbed Seven. Don't be fooled by some minor gui improvements that could have very well been have shipped part of service pack 2. Seven is still crap but with a "blue ribbon" paper if you catch the pun.
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