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Windows 7 RC Released to the Masses

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Windows 7 RC Released to the Masses

While last week brought the running stunning revelation/slip of the tongue from Acer execs that Windows 7 will launch on 23 October, but for the here and now you'll have to make do with the Release Candidate...

Following its release to MSDN subscribers and TechNet professionals on 30 April, today sees the hugely anticipated update given its public debut. Unlike the beta there will be no limit to the number of downloads or product keys handed out and - as revealed previously - this edition will not expire until 1 June 2010, almost 13 full months away. That said, bi-hourly shutdowns will being on 1 March 2010, while the beta will experience the same behaviour from 1 July and expire on 1 August.

There's no need to rush in grabbing the RC though as Microsoft is holding the download window open until "at least through July" so there's still plenty time to snap together a snazzy new system before installation (not that you should need to since 7 is far snappier than Vista).

Both 32bit and 64bit versions of the Windows 7 RC are available too so since we're approaching mid 2009 I'd suggest those still on the fence finally take the leap and stock up on cheap system RAM guilt free.

Go grab it...

Update: Testers, you can now also download XP Mode


Windows 7 RC Download Page

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May 5, 2009, 6:15 pm

I'm downloading it now, time to see what all the fuss is about. I'll come back later and put my thoughts down if I get it running.


May 5, 2009, 7:51 pm

This is exciting :) From the FAQ.

Quote. The RC is a full-featured edition, similar to Windows Vista Ultimate. This is important to keep in mind, because the Windows 7 you eventually buy or use at work may be a different edition with different features than what you find in the RC. /Quote


May 5, 2009, 8:12 pm

Out of interest I started downloading this from Firefox (and it didn't install any download manager) and was only getting about 40Kbps! Restarted the download from IE, using the download manager it installs and now getting approx 500Kbps. Make of that what you will :-)

Mark Horton

May 5, 2009, 8:33 pm

I've downloaded it. Just burning it to a DVD, then a quick back up and then i'll be installing it.


May 5, 2009, 8:44 pm

@Steve32 - Downloading via Firefox, and getting 500-700Kbps using a java app the site loaded onto my computer. Maybe you were just connected to a different server second time round?


May 5, 2009, 9:09 pm

Fine with firefox for me too.. 600KB+ and saturating the connection.


May 5, 2009, 9:49 pm

Damn all of you and your fast Internet! 300 Kbps IF I'm lucky. :(

prag fest

May 5, 2009, 9:54 pm


Mine came down at 2 Meg, typing this from 7 now :p


May 5, 2009, 10:24 pm

*cough* 50Mbit *cough* 5.2MB per second ;)

prag fest

May 5, 2009, 10:39 pm

@ gordon

Quality, I was able to be smug for 30 mins at least.


May 5, 2009, 10:39 pm

5.8 to 5.9 MB/s :)



May 5, 2009, 11:00 pm

1.2mb/s took 35mins


May 5, 2009, 11:14 pm

Ahh, I was in the Windows 7 beta and haven't installed Java on it - may explain why Firefox was so slow. Didn't mean to turn it into a willy jousting contest on broadband speeds though ;-) lol.


May 5, 2009, 11:14 pm

Got it last week...


May 5, 2009, 11:39 pm

Comparing download speeds. Did I just go back to second grade where my dad is bigger than your dad? ;)


May 6, 2009, 12:06 am

@gordon, we could go off you, you know.


May 6, 2009, 2:39 am

LOL all - funnily enough it was mentioned more to 'stop' the speed comparisons ;) Btw took me just under 10 mins

PS scotw, nice to know there's something from which to go off ;)


May 6, 2009, 3:30 am

@ Everyone with faster Internet than mine, I hate you all!

Whoa! Deja vu.


May 6, 2009, 3:46 am

Even though this rumour was dismissed last week, it does appear that the RC 2 hour shut-down will eventually happen from March next year.


"Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you'll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You'll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use."

@Gordon - 5MB/s+ That's grotesquely fast!


May 6, 2009, 3:52 am

Ah, I see you noted that in the original article now.

I am loving W7- it doesn't feel anything like Vista did, and coming from a hardened XP pro fan, I have already migrated everything over to W7 RC1 within 24 hours of use! Everything just works, great driver support for so many peripherals and it's quick as hell booting up. Very impressed.


May 6, 2009, 3:54 am

@lifethroughalens "I am loving W7- it doesn't feel anything like Vista did, and coming from a hardened XP pro fan, I have already migrated everything over to W7 RC1 within 24 hours of use!"

I've been telling you this since January ;)


May 6, 2009, 4:07 am

Yeah, yeah...you were spot on! I was too nervous to ever fully commit to the early, torrent sourced beta versions for obvious reasons. As soon as I read that Windows will allow a 1 year test run on this RC I was right in there.

I think that's a really smart move, especially since a lot of their customers (like me) will be very sceptical about W7 after Vista proved to be such a pain in the proverbial and XP continued to be officially supported and very competent.

I certainly agree with you. No turning back now :)


May 6, 2009, 4:26 am

Loving the comments...2.4mb/s just to add...@Gordan I want my 50 mb, its not supported in my area yet DAM. Been using the beta since February and installed the RC on my Samsung NC10 netbook and work laptop. So far feels even more polished than the beta did. Will post more impressions as I use it.


May 6, 2009, 4:33 am

Just from a couple hour's use, I can't really see anything too wrong with the RC1. I wonder if there will be any changes between now and the final, gold version - it certainly seems polished enough already? The only slight niggle I have is that control panel seems to only take up a fraction of the screen space when first opened - at least on my 1080p monitor.


May 6, 2009, 7:10 am

mine took about 4 hours. no rush tough. need to partition my drive first before installing. had the beta on the other laptop since it was released but now want it on my main machine.

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