Great news for TechNet and MSDN subscribers, they are the pioneers of Microsoft newest Operating System – Windows 7 as they can download Windows 7 RC operating system starting April 30, 2009. However, Microsoft also announced that the Release Candidate Version Windows 7 will be available to public on May 5, 2009 and it won’t expire till 1 June next year.
On May 5, everyone can download Windows 7 beta Release Candidate from Microsoft Windows 7 homepage.
What Is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the next version of the Windows Client Operating System. It will make your daily tasks faster and easier, make your PC work the way you want it to.
What Is So Special About Windows 7?
I will provide a brief list of new features provided in Windows 7. For more details, please visit WIndows 7 homepage.
- Improved taskbar and full-screen previews which enables you to switch between the applications you’ve opened. Set the order which the icons appear and you can even see a full screen preview before switching.
- Extended battery life – I’m interested with extended battery life feature in new Windows 7. It will dims the display if you haven’t used your PC for a while so that your laptop battery lasts longer with power-saving features.
- If you are tired of using a keyboard and mouse, you can just touch computer screen to do tasks which normally performed by keyboard and mouse such as scroll, play media and etc…
However, the basic requirement is to have a touch-screen monitor.
- Windows XP Mode (Windows XP embedded into Windows 7) – You’re right, it means that Windows 7 is completely backwards compatible with Windows XP.The main reason why Windows 7 provides XP mode is because of netbooks and nettops. As we all known, Windows XP still proving popular for manufacturers compares to Windows Vista, current Microsoft operating system which demands far higher system resources and hardware requirements.
System Requirements for Windows 7
With the RC, Microsoft is also providing guidance on the minimum system requirements for Windows 7, showing that Windows 7 will work on a broader array of hardware than any other release of Windows at launch:
- 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7
If you are planning to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, you may want to learn the steps on how to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7.
Expiration Date of Windows 7 Release Candidate(RC)
Windows will notify you that expiration process is beginning and 2 weeks later your PC will start to shut down every 2 hours. The RC will expire June 1, 2010, and bi-hourly shutdowns will start on March 1, 2010. Please always be remembered to plan your test machines using a valid version of Windows before the testing software expires.
Are You Ready For Windows 7
The Windows 7 release candidate beta looks like a free trial offer, but you should really plan where you go from there. If you are planning to buy a new PC in the next year, may be you should try out Windows 7 RC as it shows significant promise and lots of IT professionals are looking forward for its official launching.
I’m looking forward to checking out Windows 7. How about You? please share your thoughts.