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Get your free copy of Windows 7 (RC)

Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 7 RC, which will probably form one of the final test copies of Windows 7 before its full release, expected to be later this year. It’s free for the public to download, and will work until June 2010, so you essentially get Windows free for a year.
That being said, it’s still a test version – while it’s likely to be more stable than a beta release I would not recommend upgrading your main computer to use it – instead, use something like VirtualBox to run it in a virtual machine, or consider dual-booting. And remember that you can’t upgrade directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 – you’ll need to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard if you want to copy across your documents and preferences. I’ll be running it inside VirtualBox but that’s mostly because I’m a Mac user
The download is large – around 2.4 GB – but a ActiveX control (or Java applet if you’re not using IE) is available so that you can pause and restart the download.
As well as being completely free, reports from friends who have tried it say that it’s faster than Windows Vista on the same hardware, which is always welcome. If I have the opportunity, I’ll let you know how I get on with it.


  1. The ActiveX control is all well and good, but I’d much rather prefer to be allowed to use wget -c. Downloading these sorts of trials from Linux boxes is always problematic.

  2. “Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours.”
    What?! This has got to be the most ridiculous version of a nag screen I’ve ever seen. And it’s three months before it expires. Because of my school/work schedule, I would not have the money to buy the official copy in March, but I would in mid-May. So I’m supposed to live with shutdowns every two hours until then?
    I won’t be installing the RC because I don’t think my laptop has the capability to do it (Inspiron 1501, a bit old), but I still find that absolutely absurd.

  3. I have never used before windows7.Hence I would like to try it.