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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 RC Lands May

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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 RC Lands May

In the words of MI5: there's nothing like a bit of a cock-up to give away some juicy details...

The latest example of this fine logic came yesterday when Microsoft accidentally/deliberately/accidentally set live a page on its TechNet site which dated the impending Windows 7 Release Candidate. Consequently we hear the rather exciting news the RC is due in May and won't expire until 1 June 2010 - a date which should give more than enough overlap time with the production release of the OS.

Other interesting titbits include revelations that Microsoft will not be limiting the number of product keys - just as it chose not to with the beta - and some encouragingly low minimum recommended PC specs: 1GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of disk space, 128MB drive for Aero support.

As for changes themselves, Microsoft has been extremely open listing them right down to the minutiae and - as the first beta suggested - they aren't radical with UI graphical tweaks, notification animations, etc the primary focus. The one biggie is multi-touch support for a touch keyboard (incl. right click) but otherwise we're looking at a pretty rock solid OS.

Personally, as someone who has been using Windows 7 as his primary OS for three months now, I know one thing: XP, Vista, I could never go back...


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March 27, 2009, 7:15 pm

"Personally, as someone who has been using Windows 7 as his primary OS for three months now, I know one thing: XP, Vista, I could never go back..."

I'm thinking the same thing, typing this from Ubuntu.


March 27, 2009, 7:26 pm

I downloaded a copy of W7 beta and have it installed on a old, infrequently desktop.

To be honest i'm very hesitant about installing it on my primary work laptop (dual boot) since I have no idea what happens when the Beta expires? Is it just as simple as buying a key from MS or will I have to re-install everything from fresh and lose all my programs / drivers?


March 27, 2009, 7:48 pm

@ lifethroughalens - It will most probably require a new install using the full retail version.

That doesn't really bother me however since I'm getting a new build every month or so then I'll get the RC when it hits. I won't be buying it, though...


March 27, 2009, 8:01 pm

Rumours abound that you will simply enter your newly purchased product key and away you go, no reinstall necessary.

I'm sure that I've heard that before though.


March 27, 2009, 8:27 pm

@Ohmz Same for me


March 27, 2009, 8:51 pm

@Ohmz and acgs1 ..... and me :)


March 27, 2009, 8:59 pm

"@ lifethroughalens - It will most probably require a new install using the full retail version"

Cheers. That sucks. I won't bother then, i'll plod on with XP pro until it gets released.


March 27, 2009, 10:13 pm

@Ohmz & acgs1 & basicasic - and me (except substitute OS X for Ubuntu) :)


March 27, 2009, 10:31 pm

"Personally, as someone who has been using Windows 7 as his primary OS for three months now, I know one thing: XP, Vista, I could never go back... "

Try installing some games on XP if they don't run on 7, I can't believe how damn fast XP is after using Vista x64 for a year and a half.

Otherwise Windows 7 is definitely the way forward, the screeny looks very similar to the 7000 build I'm using.


March 28, 2009, 12:19 am

@ Pbryanw, at least it's still a hell of a lot better than Vista.


March 28, 2009, 2:31 am

@ Ohmz - It is? When did that happen?

Personally I like both. They're better at doing different things, and the same goes for Linux, but I don't really think either is a lot better than the other.


March 28, 2009, 4:15 am

@Ohmz - I meant in your original statement - "I'm thinking the same thing, typing this from Ubuntu." In my version it would be "I'm thinking the same thing, typing this from OS X."

I didn't mean to suggest that OS X was better then Linux. I think whatever OS you choose to use is the right one for you. Sorry for any misunderstanding.


March 28, 2009, 4:25 pm

@ Pbryanw. Lol! I think there's a disconnect here! I'm aware you're using OS X, that's why I said at least it's better than Vista! We were all saying we use Ubuntu instead of Windows but you wanted to join in with us but you are using OS X and said just substitute it with Ubuntu so you could join with our opposition to Windows. But no need to fake it per se, Mac OS X is still better than Vista! Hope that clears up any more misunderstandings!


March 29, 2009, 12:18 am

@Ohmz - thanks for clearing that up - I'll put my specs on next time I make a comment ;)

Tony Walker

March 30, 2009, 2:00 am

I had some Windows 7 issues when I installed the Beta on my previous system. Nevertheless I'd seen enough goodness to give it a final go on the new system I built - i920/6gb/1gb GTX285/4 x 32gb SLC SSDs in RAID 0 as boot drive. Obviously with 6gb RAM I put the x64 version on.

Apart from one issue with a virtual CD driver when coming out of "sleep", the system has been excellent and i have had minimal (if any) issues installing stuff.

Microsoft should give this away free to current Vista owners as it is what Vista should have been. It's like the "B" version of Windows 95 compared to the original. Hopefully the RC will upgrade the Beta version to save having to re-install stuff.


March 30, 2009, 4:49 am

@ Tony Walker - Did I just read you spent the best part of &#1631500 on SSDs, or eyes deceiving me? (I'm assuming you mean the X25-E's here).

All I can say is: lucky you!

Shame I don't have money to burn.

Brian ONeill

March 30, 2009, 7:47 pm

I got a new dell xps in jan, it came with vista. What i done was use true image (http://www.acronis.co.uk/homec... to take an image of the c drive. This means should i need too i can easily roll back to vista.

I installed w7 and i love it, extremly stable and very user frienly.

Tony Walker

March 31, 2009, 8:50 am


&#1631500! Try a fifth of that. Novatech had an amazing deal on some of the Samsungs. Was cheaper than a pair of Velociraptors.

Tony Walker

March 31, 2009, 8:53 am

Must echo Brian about taking an image of an existing system. Enabled me to roll back after testing Win 7 on my previous system.

If you own a Seagate drive you can get a copy of DiscWizard from their website which is their SE version of True Image - Seagate drive (internal or external) needs to be attached when you run the software.


March 31, 2009, 10:05 pm

@ Tony Walker - They're not SLC SSDs then. SLC drives are generally much more expensive (i.e. nowhere near the <&#163100 you're talking about) than MLC drives as they're much faster and don't have issues with limited read/write cycles. The Intel X25-E is the fastest of them all as far as I'm aware.

I've had a look on Novatech and they don't even sell Samsung SLC SSDs - they only have a couple of MLC drives on there which are over &#163200. Having said that, I know Samsung do manufacture a 32GB SLC SSD, but they're usually around the &#163300 mark. If I'm wrong and you really did pick them up for under &#163100 each then please let me know, I'd like to buy some for eBaying purposes!

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