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Windows 7 RC available to all

updated 08:15 am EDT, Tue May 5, 2009

Windows 7 RC Public

As promised, Microsoft today made the Windows 7 release candidate available to the general public. The wider distribution follows a developer-only launch and gives the same access to the new build, which improves on the public beta through a modified taskbar and Aero Peek behavior, performance improvements and more features accessible through touchscreens. Business owners also have access to a beta XP emulation mode that allows most incompatible apps to still run properly.

Like with the developer release, the build requires at least a 1GHz processor and at least a DirectX 9-capable graphics processor. Depending on whether the user opts for the 32- or 64-bit version, the release candidate either requires 1GB of RAM and 16GB of hard drive space or 2GB of memory and 20GB of storage.

Microsoft notes that there will be unlimited keys available for the Windows 7 pre-release, but that it will be taken down in July. Installations will last until June 2010 but will start pushing users to adopt the final version in March, when the OS will shut down after two hours of use.

by MacNN Staff



  1. UpQuark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WinRC7 is really nice..

    It is fast - comparable to Leopard and to XP - performance wise. Fast install - fast boot times. The interface is still wonkie - finding information on the network interface to assign IP address is crazy. There are some incompatibility issues with some of my older software. But it is a good release as far as windows goes. However, I am not giving up my Mac(s) just yet. :) LOL

  1. macmad

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To download it...

    you need to be running Windows and IE, which might be a bit of a chicken and egg problem for some.

  1. smezjj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Firefox Works...

    I wasn't able to download via Safari, but using Firefox on the Mac side works just fine. Also downloaded Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's still Vista

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's just a reworked Vista. BFD

    You can't polish a t***.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mr. Strat

    How many times did you try before you figured that one out? It must have been a frustrating experience for you...

  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Without Windows Live?

    Is three any way to get is legally without signing up for a Windows Live ID?

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