May 022009

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.
Improved Taskbar And Full Screen Previews

Improved Taskbar And Full Screen Previews

extended battery life

extended battery life

windows 7 touch screen

windows 7 touch screen

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.

      9 Responses to “Get Windows 7 Release Candidate For A Year, Free!!”

    1. I was told that Windows 7 would be a combination of both windows xp and windows vista. I’m a mac user but I’m very interested in this new windows. Hope a new mac os that look like this window will be available on my macintosh. :)

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    2. this window 7 is advanced version of vista?

    3. @Benjamincip: Yup! You’re right. I’m so excited too. It’s like integration between XP and Vista. So, I guess it will receive overwhelming response from XP users.

    4. @imDavidLee: The reason why Microsoft released Windows 7 is to kill off Windows XP. As you known, XP home is so popular among netbooks because Microsoft is giving XP home away to netbook users. Second reason is Vista has lousy desktop market which only 23%. Therefore, Windows 7 is a hybrid between Windows XP and Windows Vista. It’s compatible with XP applications but looks and feels like Vista. By the way, thanks for visiting this blog.

    5. I’m moving to Mac eventually myself, because of the fact that photography and videos just work so much better on Apple. In the meantime, would it be worth it to try out Windows 7 on my older laptop, or is it like Vista and needs much more intense graphics cards and power?

      ~ Kristi

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    6. This is a great news indeed. I will give this a try, definitely. I wasn’t too crazy about using Vista based on past experiences, considering there are some software incompatibility problems. Good to see Microsoft has decided to have the integration of the both, and hopefully, it’ll boost up the IE performance. Hope it’ll surprise us.

    7. @Kikolani: Great to see you here. I agreed with you that Macintosh rules in photography, desktop video and animation production. Most professional designers are using Mac instead of Windows. Just for your info, in order to install Windows 7, your laptop/PC need to be running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. It cannot be upgraded from Windows Xp directly but it’s working on most PC/laptop that run Windows XP operating system with 1GB Memory and a 1.4 GHz processor. According to people who had installed Windows 7, they claimed that Windows 7 was certainly better than Vista in terms of memory usage and power saving. However, I suggest that your install Windows 7 on spare PC/laptop rather than your primary PC/laptop as it’s still a test version and not the final release.

    8. @Ching Ya: Thanks for the comment. Frankly speaking, I’m still a lover of Windows XP and I never install any Vista version on my old laptop (less than 1Gb RAM). It’s Microsoft hopes to keep their XP customers from jumping to Mac OS. From the reviews by some IT experts, they gave high scores to Windows 7 for its faster performance than Vista. So, let’s hope for the best!

    9. windows 7 is the greatest windows OS yet. your article was well written i look forward to reading more of your posts!

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