No More Windows 7 RC Downloads After Aug 20

With Windows 7 having gone final and been released to manufacturing, playing with the release candidate does seem a little old hat – but it's also free. So, if you're still on the fence about Windows 7, or you're wondering what all the fuss is about, you have until this Thursday to download a copy of the RC.

"Just a reminder that you have until this Thursday, August 20th 2009 to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate," wrote Stephen L. Rose in the Windows Team Blog. "After that date, you will still be able to register your product and get registration keys but, the media will no longer be available for download."

We're certain that the majority of you curious about Windows 7 may have already given it a spin, but if you haven't and you have a spare machine around not doing very much, we highly recommend you take advantage of this free trial period.

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  • xaira
    anyone who was going to get it has gotten it already
  • rooket
    I'm already seeing hardware issues with windows 7, thought it'd be better than this but I can't really complain because I know how to get everything working fine on my old machine, just have to put in a sound blaster so I can get sound. Microsoft's onboard drivers for soundmax don't even work at all.
  • apache_lives
    i call it "vista sister" - i still get the EXACT same minor issues with 7 as i do with vista (hardware/device manager x flashes with mouse over etc), and my creative sound card that works with vista laggs with windows 7 (creatives problem not so much windows 7 but odd at that)

    what i do like is the xp mode :D