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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 TomZ on 5/5/2009 4:05:57 PM , Rating: 3
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Turning off your pagefile is a bad idea regardless of how much RAM you have. Saying you'll "never need it" shows a lack of understanding of how windows memory management works.
Not really. You will only run into problems if your current memory usage requirements exceed your available physical memory. If you have, e.g., 4GB of RAM and just run a handful of non-memory-intensive apps, you'll be just fine.

I've run machines for long periods of time like that and didn't run into any problems. But on the other hand, I never noticed any performance difference, so when I reloaded the OS again, I never bothered with that.
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You are essentially forcing your computer to consume usable RAM for memory allocations that are never actually used.
What does that even mean? Memory is only allocated in the first place when a program requests it. So, by definition, if the memory is being used, then it is needed!
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Foolishness.
The foolishness is that your post somehow got rated to a 5. I can't really explain that.


RE: Windows 7 on dv9207us
By GaryJohnson on 5/5/2009 4:35:15 PM , Rating: 2
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You will only run into problems if your current memory usage requirements exceed your available physical memory.


If that was the way it worked in practice that would be great, but in XP there is a lot of hard drive activity (thrashing) with the page file on as opposed to off even before it's used all your available physical memory.


RE: Windows 7 on dv9207us
By omnicronx on 5/5/2009 4:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
It does work that way in practice. I think you are confused here, Tomz was describing what happens when paging is turned off completely. You are describing a situation in which it is on.


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