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Thread: How to Get Your Windows 7 Beta 1 on Jan 9

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    Microsoft will make the first public beta of Windows 7, the next version of its desktop operating system, available as a free download on Friday. There are several limitations, however, so even if you're excited and committed to trying out Windows 7 Beta 1 on your home PC, check out this list of rules, requirements and considerations.

    We culled this list from a post on the official Windows blog and its comments, so check it out before taking the plunge:
    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/win...ws-7-beta.aspx

    * Windows 7 Beta 1 will be made available for a limited time during the day on January 9, 2009.

    * Visit the Windows 7 page on Microsoft's website for the link.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/

    * It will only be made available to the first 2.5 million people to download the code. Demand will be huge, so prepare to act quickly.

    * Microsoft has not announced a specific time on Friday for the release, but we can expect it will be later in the day so the west coast of North America isn't left out.

    * Windows 7 Beta 1 will be offered as an ISO image. It's around 2.5 or 3 gigabytes, so you will need a DVD burner if you want to install it.

    * You will be required to register before downloading so Microsoft can give you a product key.

    * It will be build 7000.

    * The beta will only support Windows Vista SP1 to Windows 7 upgrades. If you're not running Vista SP1 right now, upgrade before you try to install the Windows 7 beta.

    * There is also a clean install option for the Win7 beta.

    * There is no upgrade path from XP.

    * There's only one version of the beta, which Microsoft says "is roughly equivalent the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista."

    * The Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1. You will probably be forced to go back to using Vista SP1 on August 1 (or maybe upgrade to Win7 Beta 2?).

    * English, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi versions will be available Friday.

    * Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions will be available (except for Hindi, which only gets a 32-bit version).

    * If you're upgrading, remember to back up your PC. It's a beta, stupid!

    If you miss out, there will be other ways to get the beta in the near future. It's likely Microsoft will be handing out hard DVDs of the code at developer events and consumer conferences throughout the year. And of course, (cough) there's always BitTorrent.
    http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/...-get-your.html

    Source: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/win...ws-7-beta.aspx
    Homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/
    Screenshot: http://www.redmondpie.com/wp-content...08/07/win4.jpg

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    Detale's Avatar Go Snatch a Judge
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    LOL I was there all day today I wanted to see of it was a different version than the one Ive been using then I read in the blog

    Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability
    Friday, January 09, 2009 3:53 PM

    Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I’ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!
    Last edited by Detale; 01-10-2009 at 02:38 AM.

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    Download it from out nzb section and get a key from doing this

    login here
    https://login.live.com/
    then load this page
    https://profile.microsoft.com/
    then keep reloading this page (change hXXps to https):
    hXXps://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/productkeys/win7-32/enus/default.aspx
    or this URL if you want the 64 bit key
    hXXps://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/productkeys/win7-64/enus/default.aspx
    either page should say "check back tomorrow" but eventually it'll give you a key if you keep hitting F5.
    Or instead of F5 use check4change to get it
    Last edited by asmithz; 01-10-2009 at 02:39 AM.

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    Well there is a wonderful patch out there if anyone needs it

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    No more delay, everyone can get it no problem now

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...-download.aspx

    BTW I have been using it for a day now. Everything worked from the get go, I only had to install 1 driver (nivida driver and that was in windows update) that's it, I didn't have to go to my mobo manufacture like I always did in vista and xp. I just installed and it all works. It also is a whole lot faster, start up is almost instant, programs run seemlesly. I haven't hada program work yet, seems like if you want something, as long as it works for vista it is good.
    Last edited by asmithz; 01-10-2009 at 07:25 PM.

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    guys, remember to download it via IE.
    couldn't manage to start the DL on firefox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmithz View Post
    No more delay, everyone can get it no problem now

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...-download.aspx

    BTW I have been using it for a day now. Everything worked from the get go, I only had to install 1 driver (nivida driver and that was in windows update) that's it, I didn't have to go to my mobo manufacture like I always did in vista and xp. I just installed and it all works. It also is a whole lot faster, start up is almost instant, programs run seemlesly. I haven't hada program work yet, seems like if you want something, as long as it works for vista it is good.
    Be wary 'bout that mp3 bug.

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    There is a patch mp3 corruption thing

    You can download the 32-bit (x86) version here and the 64-bit (x64) version here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cabalo View Post
    guys, remember to download it via IE.
    couldn't manage to start the DL on firefox.
    I think it is wiser just to download it from newsgroups and get the key from microsoft

    32bit
    https://filesharingtalk.com/vb3/f-sof...hlight=windows

    64bit
    https://filesharingtalk.com/vb3/f-sof...hlight=windows

    If anyone is looking for the patch to activate this forever, get rid of the testing purposes only, and send feedback link for 32bit and 64bit. Let me know. I'd post it but since it gets rid of the activation I don't think I should.
    Last edited by asmithz; 01-10-2009 at 10:43 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Anyone know if it's possible to revert back to vista without reformatting? I can't stand this OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S!X View Post
    Anyone know if it's possible to revert back to vista without reformatting? I can't stand this OS.

    HAHA you have problems all around. :-p

    First of all you shouldn't have upgraded from vista to windows 7. For two reason; one being that "upgrading" always causes a problem (always reformat when installing a new os), and two you cannot revert back to vista without formatting and reinstalling it.

    What you should have done was made a separate partition for windows 7 and tried it out.

    I suggest getting use to windows 7 (being more stable and faster), or formatting. Good luck.
    Last edited by asmithz; 01-10-2009 at 11:18 PM.

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