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Consumers can download the Release Candidate build of Microsoft's slick new OS, Windows 7, and try it out for themselves. Both 32- and 64-bit versions are available for download.
Consumers can finally get their hands on a near-release copy of the latest version of Windows

Windows 7 has the tech community and the consumer world buzzing.  For consumers, it has been a long four months since the release of the Windows 7 beta which saw hundreds of thousands of downloads.  Some turned to torrents to try to swipe the newer beta builds or the recent Release Candidate, but for most it was a matter of waiting.

The waiting is over at last as Microsoft has officially released the Release Candidate 1 build of Windows 7 to the general public.  The build is available directly from Microsoft for download.

Microsoft is suggesting that novice users not download the build as no tech support will be provided.  Customers who download the build will have to burn the ISO onto a disk.  Unlike the more recent beta candidate builds, the RC1 build requires a complete reinstall, even on machines with a working build of Windows 7.

Both 32- and 64-bit versions of the build are available.  Microsoft recommends users' computers have at least 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of free disk space.

Microsoft is promising not to limit the number of downloads of the new release, like it initially did for the beta release (before later relenting and allowing unlimited downloads).  The beta release proved a headache for some, as the large demand crashed some of Microsoft's servers at the time, rendering many eager users unable to download the beta from Microsoft.  Microsoft is hoping that this time around things go more smoothly.

The test builds of Windows 7 will work until June 2010, but starting in March 2010 they will shut down every two hours.

Microsoft has publicly stated that Windows 7 will launch "no later than January 2010."  However, it now appears that the new OS will land in time for the holiday season, as Acer has leaked its release date as October 23.



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Seems ok
By SandmanWN on 5/5/2009 11:04:16 AM , Rating: 2
Seems just about as fast as XP in most respects. With the exception of opening a folder with nothing but photos in it which took a while. Seems like it was doing a photo reduction script instead of a traditional thumbnail and it is rather slow.

Also, the desktop taskbar option isn't working well. Can't delete certain icons even if they show the option to do so. The control panel icon replicates itself when you tell it to delete. If you open control panel and change the view option it creates a second icon. The first opens the CP in traditional view, the second with your settings which seems silly.

Had to install a number of programs in compatibility mode, but they all seem to be working just fine. Symantec 11 will not install no matter what you try. I guess there will be a version 12 soon.

Have noticed that while it does not cache while you are using the system, if you turn your back on it long enough the hard drive starts caching pretty hard.

All the recent games work so far. Going to try a few old favorites this week. See how well Win98 compatibility works. :)




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