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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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RE: Windows 7 on dv9207us
By StraightPipe on 5/5/2009 12:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
It may be a memory leak, in windows, because it behaved that way since i installed Vista Business 64 (and on Vista RC2, and on Vista Beta). I haven't tried re-enabling superfetch since the service pack got installed.

Also Chrome was not installed when I disabled this feature. At the time I was using IE7.

What I meant by "smart" fetching, was the ability to designate which apps got fetched instead of Windows arbitrarily deciding for me. Like a memory manager.

//i'd like to think i know what I want a little better than windows does...

for example, fetching web browsers that load in less than a second anyway doesn't make a difference that's distinguishable to the naked eye.. fetching a huge ass game on the other hand can be very useful (and noticeable)

for another example. say I play fallout3 every day for a month. Windows says hey, the user has run this game 30 times, lets fetch this game. but on day 31 I install a crysis and stop playing fallout. it'll take weeks before windows realizes that i no longer play fallout and move on to crysis, when I knew it on day 1. hell, it owuld be nice if "smart" fetch even had an option in installer to make the new game your default fetched game.

really i see it needing default browser, default player, default game, and maybe default word processor...
of course every user wont need every category, and some may want two options for one category, but let the educated user choose if they want to.

RE: Windows 7 on dv9207us
By TomZ on 5/5/2009 1:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt there's a serious memory leak in Windows itself. Much more likely to be in one of the loaded apps, services, or drivers. Can't you see the leak when you look at the memory allocated to each process in the Task Manager or Resource Monitor?

RE: Windows 7 on dv9207us
By StraightPipe on 5/5/2009 2:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
NO, you couldnt see the leak (no apps were using more than 100MB in taskman). But disabling super fetch immedieatly solved the problem.

Who knows, it could ahve been fixed in SP1, but i'm happy without superfetch.

RE: Windows 7 on dv9207us
By TomZ on 5/5/2009 6:16:16 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really get the downside with Superfetch, since it is just using unused RAM anyway. If applications need the RAM, then Superfetch doesn't use it, and the application uses it instead. I'd rather have at least some marginal benefit from unused RAM, rather than no benefit at all.

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