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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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.