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The Beginning of the End for Windows 7 RC Users

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

Free ride is over!

If for some reason you're still running Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100), today is the day that you'll to see bi-hourly shutdowns. The RC was released in May 2009 as a final public test before Microsoft finalized the Windows 7 RTM build in July 2009.

While Windows 7 RC has been free to use without restrictions since its release, Microsoft made it no secret that March 1 would be the last day that users could continue the free ride. Users who haven't heeded the regular pop-up warnings of the RC's expiration, encouraging backup of data in preparation of migration to another version of Windows, will now experience a shutdown every two hours.

Those who continue to work through the shutdowns every two hours will see on June 1 a shift to a "non-genuine experience," which replaces the backdrop wallpaper with the message "This copy of Windows is not genuine" plastered at the lower right corner of the desktop.

Anyone out there still with a now-narcoleptic Windows 7 RC machine still kicking around?

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    davendork , March 1, 2010 5:28 PM
    I'm running on W7 RC and it does seem to be aff
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    davendork , March 1, 2010 5:30 PM
    ting anything I need to do.
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  • 23 Hide
    davendork , March 1, 2010 5:28 PM
    I'm running on W7 RC and it does seem to be aff
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    davendork , March 1, 2010 5:30 PM
    ting anything I need to do.
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    uh_no , March 1, 2010 5:30 PM
    time to shell out!
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    festerovic , March 1, 2010 5:36 PM
    For those of you wanting to upgrade to Win7 ultimate from RC-1, know that it is possible to do an Upgrade install (which keeps everything how it is right now)instead of doing a clean install. M$ reps will swear its not possible, but it is.
    It requires changing a single file on the windows install diskas well as copying the contents of the windows disk to a folder on your hard drive. It is located in the sources folder, file is called: cversion.ini. You need to change the minclient value to 7000.00 and then save the file. The hit setup and enjoy.
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    redplanet_returns , March 1, 2010 5:41 PM
    The Beginning of the End for Windows 7 RC Users

    wouldn't it be more like a new beginning for Windows 7 RC users? :) 
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    itadakimasu , March 1, 2010 5:42 PM
    My wife's computer came up w\ that warning. Time to grab another copy of Win7 to install since Windows 7 is so awesome.
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2010 5:55 PM
    I am still using the RC! I have been seeing the Windows activation wizard pop up telling me to back up. At the time of the writhing, the wizard tells me I have 4 hours before the expiration. I will be going back to vista, but still not sure when.
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    waikano , March 1, 2010 5:57 PM
    Had it on 3 machines, BootCamp MacMini, Soltek Kt800Pro, and some Low end Compaq Celeron. Worked so good wanted to keep it until the last possible moment (don't think I could handle the bi-hourly shutdowns though). Don't have the $$ for Legit 7 until tax return comes in so I had to go back to XP in the interim. Did backup and reinstalls yesterday. But am highly impressed with 7.
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    afrobacon , March 1, 2010 6:03 PM
    Still representing build 7000 :) 

    I do plan on updating, but I'm much too lazy to do it just yet.
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    brendano257 , March 1, 2010 6:04 PM
    I hate to be the critic, but you said bi-hourly and once ever 2 hours about the same thing, which is it?

    Anyway, I never really used the RC much, I liked it but didn't want to rely on it. Switched to Win7 Home Prem. a couple weeks before Christmas and have loved it so far, it's got a few quirks like all of Windows...but it's served me well so far :) 
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    eddieroolz , March 1, 2010 6:04 PM
    Just ask a computer science student you know for a free copy xD
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    JohnnyLucky , March 1, 2010 6:07 PM
    Sounds more like the end of the beginning.
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    Scotteq , March 1, 2010 6:10 PM
    Heh - Another guilty procrastinator here - Ran the RC up until Friday, when I finished the new build.
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    flyinfinni , March 1, 2010 6:11 PM
    Got a Technet sub a couple of weeks back to upgrade my RC machines. Enjoying Win 7 Ultimate x64 now and happy I won't need to mess with my install again for a while.
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    dainsane1 , March 1, 2010 6:14 PM
    while win7 is shiny i don't use it enough to bother to pay for it.
    will just have to go back to xp for the 2x a month i need native winblows
    and since i have no support for Vt there is no point in win 7 vm

    ubuntu for me:) 
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    waikano , March 1, 2010 6:18 PM
       occurring every two hours.
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    beayn , March 1, 2010 6:28 PM
    I like using Win7 RC as an option when I boot up to repair problems with my legit copy that's on an SSD. I hope it doesn't become completely disabled over time as it's still useful as a repair tool for me.
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