Windows 7 Release Candidate Announced Officially

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Microsoft developers using the feedback data from Windows 7 Beta users have finally implemented many improvements and fixed bugs that were being reported. As of this morning, Microsoft has started sending email newsletter to it’s subscribers and officially announced Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) that will be available for download two days from today. As expected, May 5th will be the day when this version of Windows 7 will officially be available for download to everyone. And it will be available at least through June 30th 2009.

It will be free just like when we downloaded Windows 7 Beta but one thing that is different is that this time there will be no limits on number of downloads and product keys at all! That’s something really great because last time there was 25 million downloads limit and if you weren’t so fast, you couldn’t get your hands on Windows 7 Beta.

So you don’t need to rush to make sure you get your copy. When you’re ready to download Windows 7 RC, it’ll be waiting for you.

Official Windows 7 Release Candidate Announcement:

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Thank you very much for your help in testing the Windows 7 Beta. Your feedback is invaluable in helping make Windows 7 a high quality operating system. With your help, we have reached the next major milestone on the journey to Windows 7: the Release Candidate (RC).

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Today (April 30) the RC is available to MSDN subscribers and TechNet Plus subscribers.
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On Tuesday, May 5 (PST), the RC will be available to everyone via our Customer Preview Program. As with the Beta, the Windows 7 RC Customer Preview Program is a broad public program that offers the RC free to anyone who wants to download it. It will be available at least through June 30, 2009, with no limits on the number of downloads or product keys available.
So you don’t need rush to make sure you get your copy. When you’re ready to download the RC, it’ll be waiting for you.
To get the RC please use one of the following links:
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IMPORTANT: If you are running Windows 7 Beta you’ll need to back up your data (preferably on an external device) and then do a clean install of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. After installing Windows 7, you will need to reinstall applications and restore your files. If you need help with the installation process, please see the Installation Instructions.

If you’re running Windows Vista, you can install Window 7 RC without having to back up and reinstall your programs and data. But to be on the safe side, please do backup your data before you start.

Please note: All users of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (including Windows Vista users who have upgraded to the Release Candidate) must do a clean installation of Windows 7 RTM. Please keep this is mind as you consider downloading the Release Candidate as opposed to waiting for the general availability release.

Thanks again for your help in reaching this important milestone. We hope that you will join us in testing the RC and finishing Windows 7!

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Update: Download Windows 7 Release Candidate – Now Available!

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3 Responses
  • Bash Bosh Reply

    Downloading the Windows 7 RC now…
    Maybe I’ll use this win from RC(like I did for Vista).

  • GenniCe Reply

    I used it since the first beta release was available for download and it works great!

    And today finally the new Windows 7 Release candidate has been released. I will definitely use it as fast as I can.

    Can’t wait to see those improvements… :)

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