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Windows 7 Beta Begins Automatic Shutdown Phase

Is your computer acting strangely today? Could you by chance have Windows 7 Beta installed...?

If so then you need you get your lazy butt moving since today is the well publicised day the first public release of Microsoft's impressive next generation OS begins its automatic shutdown routine.

Users will find their systems will power off every two hours which should prove more than a little irritating - and of course it is meant to be. The Windows 7 Release Candidate has been out since May and Microsoft no longer needs testing for an outdated build. Besides, the RC really is better - trust me.

As for RC users, don't feel too smug. The same will start happening to you from 1 March 2010 with full expiration from 1 June. That said, with a formal Windows 7 launch date of 22 October and some good promotions available to early adopters there's little excuse to wait this long.

Lastly a little tip. Yes, it is a pain not being able to upgrade from Windows 7 Beta to the Release Candidate and the same will be true for those moving from the RC to the released version. That said, make sure to use 'Windows Easy Transfer'. This software is bundled with all flavours of Windows 7 (and indeed on XP and Vista - though in a more limited form) and it will seamlessly migrate your documents and Windows settings (including those for Microsoft Office) from your current machine to your new one (or via a second hard drive).

There really is no excuse not to upgrade...

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xenos

July 1, 2009, 6:25 pm

"Yes, it is a pain not being able to upgrade from Windows 7 Beta to the Release Candidate and the same will be true for those moving from the RC to the released version."





All you need do is a slight hack on the installer if i remember correctly, got it working perfectly without a format! It will probably be possible with the RTM too though might not be stable. Have to wait and see on that one..

xbrumster

July 1, 2009, 6:33 pm

1. Download the ISO and burn the ISO to a DVD.


2. Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).


3. Browse to the sources directory.


4. Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.


5. Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. You need to change the value to 7000 as it is the beta version build number.


6. Save the file in place with the same name.


7. Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.





just upgraded from beta to RC 2 yesterday, worked like a charm

Adam 4

July 1, 2009, 11:41 pm

Re the "Pre-Order Offer."





MICROSOFT'S Q&A SECTION STATES.


To be eligible for the offer, you need to be running a genuine copy of the Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems.





I waited to build my new machine until Winddows 7.000 was available. (I didn't want Vista anywhere near it.) I have since upgraded to the RC release.





So will I be able to pre-order and install? Does the fact that the European editon 7E is a full version and not an update version mean that we won't have to have XP or Vista already installed?

Simon

July 2, 2009, 3:39 pm

@xbrumster "1. Download the ISO and burn the ISO to a DVD." Or use Daemon Tools to mount the ISO and then copy the files from that. It saves having to burn a DVD.

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