Saturday, January 10, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Now Available

The Windows 7 Beta is now available for download if you want to pull down the bits.  Apparently there were some problems with unexpected demand yesterday so the download site went offline until more resources could be dedicated. Anyway, here's the URL for the download page:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx

There are a couple of things you should note before downloading the ISO:

  1. The Windows 7 Beta only supports Windows Vista SP1 to Windows 7 upgrades. You'll need to do a clean install if you're currently running XP SP2.
  2. The Windows 7 Beta is only available in one edition, which is roughly equivalent the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista.
  3. The Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1st, 2009.

If you're thinking about doing an upgrade, you should really backup all your files before running the installer. I personally haven't run the upgrade (just the clean install) so I can't tell you much about it. I would do a backup because it's better to be safe than sorry. Keep in mind that the purpose of the public Beta is to find bugs. This is pre-release software after all and the goal is to find and fix issues before the release candidate. You'll be helping to make sure the final RTM is as good as it possibly can be.

One more thing, you should take the time to scan these two documents to identify potential issues: Things to know and Release notes.

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