Delivering a quality upgrade experience


This is a little bit of a tricky post to write because we’re going to be asking everyone using our Windows 7 Beta to help us out, but doing so is going to take a little time and require a bit of a commitment to helping test the next milestone. This has been a remarkably valuable and beneficial testing cycle for Windows as we have had a tremendous amount of very rigorous testing and usage. We’ve had millions of people install and use the Beta since January and as we’ve talked about, the feedback and telemetry have been of tremendous value as we finalize the product. The effort of Beta testers has contributed immensely to our ability to deliver a high-quality product to hundreds of millions of customers. We continue to follow the plan we have previously outlined and this post is no announcement of any news or change in plans. Since we know many people are running the Beta we want to provide a heads up regarding the behavior of the Release Candidate (RC) as it pertains to upgrades. Of course we are working hard on the RC and following the schedule we have set out for ourselves.


A big part of the beta process is making sure we get as much “real world” coverage of scenarios and experiences as possible and monitor the telemetry of those experience overall. One of the most challenging areas to engineer is the process of upgrading one release of Windows to another. When you think about it, it is the one place where at one time we need to run a ton of code to basically “know” everything about a system before performing the upgrade. During the development of Windows 7 we routinely test hundreds of original OEM images from Windows Vista and upgrade them and then run automated tests validating the upgrade’s success. We also test thousands of applications and many thousands of devices as they too move through the upgrade process.


Many of you installed the Windows 7 beta on a PC running Vista. We received that telemetry and acted on it accordingly. We believe we’ve continued to improve the upgrade experience throughout the release. Similarly, based on our telemetry most of you did clean installations onto new drive partitions. Through this telemetry we learned about the device ecosystem and what drivers were available or missing. We also learned about PC-specific functions that required installing a driver / application (from XP or Vista) to enable support for buttons, connectors, or other hardware components. Together we get great coverage of the setup experience.


We’ve also learned that many of you (millions) are running Windows 7 Beta full time. You’re anxious for a refresh. You’ve installed all your applications. You’ve configured and customized the system. You would love to get the RC and quickly upgrade to it from Beta. The RC, however, is about getting breadth coverage to validate the product in real-world scenarios. As a result, we want to encourage you to revert to a Vista image and upgrade or to do a clean install, rather than upgrade the existing Beta.  We know that means reinstalling, recustomizing, reconfiguring, and so on.  That is a real pain.  The reality is that upgrading from one pre-release build to another is not a scenario we want to focus on because it is not something real-world customers will experience. During development we introduce changes in the product (under the hood) that aren’t always compatible with what we call “build-to-build” upgrade.  The supported upgrade scenario is from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Before you go jump to the comment section, we want to say we are going to provide a mechanism for you to use if you absolutely require this upgrade.  As an extended member of the development team and a participant in the Beta program that has helped us so much, we want to ask that you experience real-world setup and provide us real-world telemetry.


If you do follow the steps below, you might run across some oddities after upgrade. We experience these internally at Microsoft occasionally but we don’t always track them down and fix them because they take time away from bugs that would not only manifest themselves during this one-time pre-release operation. From time to time we’ve noticed on a few blogs that people are using builds that we have not officially released and complained of “instabilities” after upgrade. Nearly all of these have been these build-to-build issues. We’ve seen people talk about how a messenger client stopped working, a printer or device “disappears”, or start menu shortcuts are duplicated. These are often harmless and worst case often involves reinstalling the software or device.


We’re just trying to be deterministic and engineer the product for the real world. Speaking of the real world, many have asked about upgrading from Windows XP. There’s no change here to the plan as has been discussed on many forums.  We realized at the start of this project that the “upgrade” from XP would not be an experience we think would yield the best results. There are simply too many changes in how PCs have been configured (applets, hardware support, driver model, etc.) that having all of that support carry forth to Windows 7 would not be nearly as high quality as a clean install. This is something many of you know and already practice. We do provide support for moving files and settings and will prompt at setup time, but applications will need to be reinstalled. We know that for a set of customers this tradeoff seems less than perfect, but we think the upfront time is well worth it.


So when you try to upgrade a pre-RC build you will find that you’re not able to and setup will tell you and you can then exit gracefully. You can install as a clean installation and use the Windows Easy Transfer feature as well (run this from your current installation of course) if you wish to move your accounts, settings, files, and more. To bypass the version check, the instructions below will use a mechanism that is available for enterprise customers (so we are also testing this as well). It is not a simple command line switch. We didn’t make it multi-step on purpose but wanted to stick to using proven, documented and tested mechanisms.


These instructions will be brief. Since everyone reading is a well-versed and experienced beta tester you know ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR MACHINE before running any OS installation and NEVER TEST AN OS ON YOUR ONLY COPY OF ANY DATA. Testing a pre-release product means just that—it is testing and it is pre-release. Even though this is a Release Candidate, we are still testing the product. We have very high confidence but even if an error happens once in 1,000,000 we want to make sure everyone is taking the precautions normal for a pre-release product.


One other related caution is INSTALL ONLY OFFICIALLY RELEASED BUILDS FROM MICROSOFT. It will always be tempting to get the build with the “mod” already done but you really never know what else has been done to the build. There’s a thrill in getting the latest, we know, but that also comes with risks that can’t even be quantified. For the RC we will work to release a hash or some other way to validate the build, but the best way is to always download directly from Microsoft.


Here’s what you can do to bypass the check for pre-release upgrade IF YOU REALLY REALLY NEED TO:



  1. Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD.

  2. Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).

  3. Browse to the sources directory.

  4. Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.

  5. Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000 (pictured below).

  6. Save the file in place with the same name.

  7. Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.

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These same steps will be required as we transition from the RC milestone to the RTM milestone.


Again, we know many people (including tens of thousands at Microsoft) are relying on the pre-release builds of Windows 7 for mission critical and daily work, making this step less than convenient. We’re working hard to provide the highest quality release we can and so we’d like to make sure for this final phase of testing we’re supporting the most real world scenarios possible, which incremental build to build upgrades are not. At the same time everyone on the beta has been so great we wanted to make sure we at least offered an opportunity to make your own expert and informed choice about how to handle the upgrade.


We’re always humbled by the excitement around the releases and by the support and enthusiasm from those that choose to run our pre-releases. We’re incredibly appreciative of the time and effort you put into doing so. In return we hope we are providing you with a great release to work with at each stage of the evolution of the product. Our next stop is the RC…see you there!


THANK YOU!


–Windows 7 Team


PS: At Step 1 above many of you are probably thinking, “hey why don’t you just let me mount the ISO and skip the plastic disc”. We’ve heard this feedback and we deserve the feedback. We don’t have this feature in Windows 7 and we should have. So please don’t fill the comments with this request. There are several third party tools for mounting and if you’ve got a Vista image there’s a good chance your PC came with those tools on it.

Comments (294)

  1. domenico says:

    Excuse Team, this Update is from Vista?

  2. technogran says:

    Hi team. I have been trying some of the other builds out, but have now almost copied this before you even posted it. I reverted to Vista Home premium (factory install) and then re-installed an upgrade to Windows 7 build 7000 in anticapation of the RC1 when its released. That means I am now back with IE8 crashing nearly all the time when trying to access some of my favourite websites.

    This was actually one of the reasons why I tried one of the ‘unofficial’ builds as it is fixed in those, so I wait with baited breath for the RC1 to be lauched so that I can then surf with no problems!

    Keep up the good work Windows 7 team, you are doing a great job, oh and thanks for listening.

  3. dangel777@hotmail.com says:

    Indeed – this ought to be standard functionality in Windows now (it’s that useful).  I’d love to not have to both installing third party tools to unpack/install a MS product!

  4. Corbo says:

    Sounds reasonable enough, it’s Beta for a reason so why waste time on an upgrade path.

    I hope in the RC that pinned items are at the bottom of the list rather than the top, who’s idea was it to put your pinned items at the furthest point possible from the clicking point!!?

  5. boss_kevin_boss@hotmail.com says:

    So Build 7100 will be RC1?

    Im sry to use leaked versions of Windows 7…but after use the Beta for over 1 and a half month i cant find more problems and switch over to a leaked version becouse i use 7 as a primary OS…

  6. boss_kevin_boss@hotmail.com says:

    Just would to ask you…doas Microsoft lissen to: http://www.windows7taskforce.com ?

  7. sokolum says:

    Mounting ISO, try the free tool Virtual Clone Drive.

  8. blackroseMD1 says:

    I just wanted to thank you guys for being so open and involved in the beta/RC program. It’s awesome, and quite a deviation from previous Windows beta programs. It’s also a bit surprising that you guys aren’t absolutely furious about all the leaks, but I guess that’s just more real world testing. Can’t wait for the RC, and the RTM.

  9. JJohnson1701 says:

    I’m eager for the Release Candidate as well, and I hope you’ve monitored that Windows7taskforce.com website – they’ve noted some inconsistencies in wording and icon styling, and how some things, like Task Manager and Windows Defender, which could use the now in-icon progress indicator ability of Windows 7.  I hope more programs make use of that excellent at-a-glance functionality.

    I hope Win7 can bring improved podcast support to WMP and WMC, and that the improvements to Win7 will continue past RTM.  Looking to the future, I hope that the first Service Pack will bring a host of new features that you wanted in RTM but couldn’t put in there due to time constraints.

    Keep up the good work!

  10. schwarz says:

    Well, i’m still using XP because you (microsoft) leave me no other choice. I happen to have converted my system disk to a dynamic disk, and by doing so, and the crap support from windows vista , and now windows 7, i won’t be able to install any other OS ever, considering i’m not about to loose everthing else on this disk. How about some dynamic disk support!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. d_e says:

    I only do clean installs. But I hope the telemetry from my computers and notebooks is usefule nonetheless.

    http://www.windows7taskforce.com

  12. delawn says:

    I challenge the Windows 7 team to write a blog entry without using the words "Ecosystem", "Experience" or any other over used buzzwords.

  13. gfincher says:

    @schwarz

    Just curious, what feature of dynamic disks do you depend upon? And, since XP to Windows 7 isn’t a supported upgrade, you can always use Windows Easy Transfer(WET or Migwiz) from the Windows 7 DVD to copy your data off to an external location & then clean install Windows 7 using WET to restore your data.

  14. smartpatrol says:

    I haven’t upgraded a Microsoft OS since Windows 98. Its is just a given when switching to a new version of Windows that a complete whipe and fresh install is the only way to avoid broken software, performance loss and funky crash states and or obscure error messages.

  15. gzapata76 says:

    Hello,

    I installed Win 7 x64 Beta on my machine. I have a Asus K8V Deluxe motherboard with AMD64 3400+. Some of the drives run on a Promise 150 TX2 Plus. Now, those drivers came on the Vista x64 OEM disc that I got from Microsoft, but The Win 7 DVD didn’t have them, do you think the RC is going to? I have all of my personal data on those disk, and if I can’t use them, I can’t be running Win7. Hopefully some here can help me and I would love to run Win 7. The little time I played with it, absolutely loved it 100%. I’m one of the few that loves Vista too, but I felt like Win7 ran a lot smoother on my machine. Thanks for the help.

  16. schwarz says:

    I use all that dynamic disks can offer!

    Except raid 5, as Win 7 won’t allow raid 5.

    (why is beyond me….)

    I have my os + applications + personal media mirrored. (PC is also workstation for work)

    Swap + temporary media files (work in progres) are striped.

    A simple backup volume for the most important and time critical data and media files.

    All my other (work) Media files are spanned (so i can expand storage when needed)

    I use 2 seperate external drives for backup.

    (1 off site)

    7 drive total (5 internal 2 external)

    ~160 GB raid 1 (over 2 drives)

    ~360 GB striped (over 5 drives)

    ~1.2 TB spanned (over 5 drives)

    ~200 GB backup (1 drive)

    2*1 TB USB drives (backup)

  17. jrronimo says:

    It’s very kind of the Win7 team to offer this functionality.

    And as a Beta Tester, I will do my duty and do a clean install. 🙂 I’ve installed my machine over and over enough times over the years, it’s almost muscle-memory the folders I need to back up, haha.

  18. SuNcO says:

    I do a clean install too. I have Vista (not used since build 7000 comes out) and Win 7 here at work and at home

  19. manicmarc says:

    Sounds fair enough to me. I remember the upgrade from XP to Vista was flaky, it still had XP sounds, and Windows Mail said Outlook Express in the title bar 🙂

  20. rupio says:

    I don’t mind doing a Vista update… my question is, when will the RC be available?

    Is it ready yet?

    Is it ready yet?

    =)

  21. ET3 says:

    "Is it ready yet?" … heck I don’t care; I’ll take it just the way it is <VBG> – it has to be better than XP.

    One upgrade scenario that I didn’t see addressed and I would like to know before doing the Vista re-install upgrade suffle is will there be an upgrade route direct from Vista x86 -> Win7 x64?  This was the only reason that I haven’t installed Win7 on all of my systems – Beta wouldn’t allow upgrade from Vista x86 to Win7 x64.

    Thanks!

  22. First, Looks like Windows 7 will be the one that makes me wan’t to forget XP, so GREAT job Windows 7 team!  Second, I’ve installed Windows 7 64-bit (beta 7068) on my second partition using a clean install, overwriting Windows Vista 32bit and Win7 beta 7000 without a problem.  Third, will 64-bit be pushed a lot more this go around?

  23. steven_sinofsky says:

    @ET3 — we still will not support upgrade across architectures (32 <-> 64 bit).  Sorry about that.

    @MattJC — we’re starting to see more and more machines ship with 64-bit by default and we do expect this trend to continue, particularly for all-in-ones, desktops, and for 64-bit capable laptops.

    –Steven

  24. willdean says:

    My criticism of this post is not its content – that’s fine, we understand that, it’s the silly title.

    The content is "upgrading from the beta is going to be a real pain, but we’re sorry about it and here’s our technical justification"

    The title is completely different.  What’s "a quality" about "clean reinstall"

    Maybe once you rise above a certain level at MS it’s impossible to refer to a spade as "a spade".

  25. steve.thresher says:

    Enough with the teasing, give us the release candidate!

  26. johnck says:

    I have a small computer service business and I’m entertaining doing an upgrade of my Vista  workstation at the release of the next RC. I’m using a domain with Server 2008 and Vista, XP and one other W7 workstation(s). It isn’t a problem to image my Vista machine for safety and then try this. The Vista install has been in use for about 18 months. I would do this both for myself and to add to the collection of experience data. I need to get my feet wet from the support side of Windows 7 is another reason to give this a shot. I have Vista 32 but would like to use the 64 bit Windows 7 if possible. Will that be possible with the next RC?

  27. Cine says:

    Several comments here:

    * Windows 2008 R2 Std version will allow max 32Gig memory, but W7 will support 128Gig. If it stays that way a lot of people will run w7 on their latest server hardware to avoid this odd limitation. Especially considering even low end servers already now support 48Gig for very little money.

    * Dynamic disc: Please support raid 10, it is truly annoying having to depend on very flaky hardware implementations of raid to get this.

    * Dynamic disk setup in installation.

    * Dynamic disc Raid 5 and 1 (and 10): Add support for dirty bitmaps like Linux has had for ages, so that rebuilds does not take forever.

  28. Subterfuge says:

    I have run Win 7 as my primary OS on my primary system since release. I am a gaming enthusiast, and have been putting Win 7 through its paces with the hope of having the RTM be a rock solid gaming platform (since we all know Vista failed miserably to meet the gaming communities expectations). My experience so far has been hit or miss. I realise Microsoft has no control over the stability of individual games or QC over their code. However, DX10 and ATI 4870 X2 (cat 9.3 Win 7 wddm) do not play well on too many games. I am sure a large portion of the mountainous gaming/DX10 telemetry is my fault 😉 What I want to see: You can’t prevent bad game code from occasionally hanging/crashing, I would rather crash to desktop, than blackscreen/reboot (which is the norm not the exception on Win 7 build 7000). Maybe this is fixed in RC, I will definately be clean installing to that once it is released, if not, PLEASE fix the feature that is supposed to prevent 3D apps from crashing the whole system. While the gaming community is a narrow demograph, rest assured that they are the ones that migrate if it works, and blog about it if it doesn’t!

  29. QuiescentWonder says:

    This really doesn’t seem like the appropriate place to be suggesting this to me but I’m not sure where else to go!

    I have several small suggestions regarding the taskbar. I absolutely love all the new things I can do with the taskbar. There are a few things which I would like to be able to drag and have stick to the right side of the taskbar, it just seems like they should be over there.

    Also, an option to force certain apps to stay in the "combined" mode where they have a small cube shaped entry in the taskbar while the rest of the items are not in "combined" mode would be nice. I like using the "Combine when taskbar is full" option. There are a few apps which only ever have one window open by design and can be very easily identified by their icon. In combination with having them open almost 100% of the time I’m using my PC would make this option very useful. The ability to force these apps to keep their icon only in the taskbar without any text would save me a ton of space.

  30. LuxZg says:

    Well, one thing I can promise – I’ll test RC as clean install 🙂

    Since all my home computers, as well as those at work are XP (32bit), and in particular because I’m planning to move them all to Win7 64bit – there won’t be any other way.

    Oh, ofcourse, I won’t move all of them to RC, I’m talking about future move to final copies of Win 7 (probably Enterprise at work since we have access to them; Premium for home computers).

    But one feature I will be trying, if I only get time, is that User State Migration Tool 4.0 with those hard-linked files and all that (remember? http://edge.technet.com/Media/User-State-Migration-with-Windows-7/ ). This is something that I will almost certainly use to move all company users from XP to Win7 when the time arrives, so this is what I will be testing.

    Real world you want, real world you get 🙂 Testing exact things that I’m going to use once Win7 is available for sale 😉

    Cheers! And keep up with the good work 🙂

  31. sebastiandavies says:

    I don’t have my activation code for Windows 7. How I go about reactivating it if I do a clean install of Windows 7 with RC1?

  32. sapaplanus@msn.com says:

    I can accept resetting back to vista for the RC for real world testing, but are we going to have to reset again when the actual product is released?  

  33. svenn says:

    Just a quick comment and a request. I love Win7. This will be a redefining product for Microsoft. I have used every version of Windows and many of Nix. This is the best. Now a request – PLEASE provide a mechanism for disabling the Libraries feature. I have seen this request on numerous Win7-related forums and the most common response is, "just do x,y, and, and live with it". It is not a matter of failing to understand the concept or to appreciate Microsoft’s innovativeness. However, not everyone uses an OS in exactly the same way, and I truly have no use for this feature. I merely want the choice to "opt out". I could go on…but this is a simple request. And please, no Billy Sunday conversion speeches from Library fanboys :). I may have given away my age with that reference. Thank you Microsoft (not sure I would have envisioned that remark in years past). It is well desreved now, however.

  34. pizzaboy192 says:

    I love the Windows 7 beta, I have all the builds that have been "unreleased" but have ended up on my site’s FTP annomyously!

    I haven’t upgraded from 7000 yet, seeing as every time I plan to, I find a new file starting to be uploaded to my server, and each and every time, I don’t feel like risking the install through an ISO file (even though I did that to upgrade it from Vista)

    One problem I have found is that running this OS on older hardware means that hardware that used to be able to play even the most basic of games won’t play much anymore. In my case, this is a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop that happens to have a GeForce 4 Go 440 (32Mb) card in it, and on my Nlited XP installation, it runs Halo and a few other D3D games fine, but on 7, I get problems playing any game, and it complains about not finding D3d, but DxDiag says it is running fine… any reason for that?

  35. technogran says:

    Right team, I am now back with Vista Home Premium ready for the RC1 so that I can do the upgrade to Windows 7. Back in Vista its amazing the features that you miss about Windows 7. The jump lists, the icons on the taskbar, the Action Centre and the fantastic themes. It’s nice to be back with Windows Live One Care though! (and a none crashing IE8!)

  36. aaron@aarondm.com says:

    I thought the reelase was coming in May not April. This post seems a bit early, no?

  37. aaron@aarondm.com says:

    I thought the release was coming in May not April. This post seems a bit early, no?

  38. gladiatorcn says:

    I think the GUI improvement of Win7 is significant. However, I’d like to share with your team a suggestion that I have heard a lot: you should really consider slenderizing the window frame (when it is not maximized). It just occupies a lot of desktop space and does not make much sense (making win7 look fat).

    I hope that RC release would be smooth!

  39. Aeon-Slayer says:

    As so many others have pointed out:

    http://www.windows7taskforce.com/

    Come on team, there are still crucial problems that need to be addressed. You have done great, and we have a lot to be happy about, but this product is still far from perfect, and most of the issues are so simply solved with simple changes. Many of my / others’ previous posts are LOADED with great ideas that would make this the best OS ever from MS.

    I honestly do hope you will take at least some of the major, thousand times requested features and put them in. (Come on PAUSING a file transfer without a third party program…)

    I’ve always ended my posts with "great job guys" or similar, but not today.

    – AeonSlayer / Simon

  40. akass says:

    If you don’t want to waste a disk to burn the ISO file, and have a little free space, another very simple way to do this is to use one of the many freely downloadable *zip type programs to extract the contents of the ISO onto a folder on your hard drive or thumbdrive and use that as your installation media. I personally do all my installs from thumbdrives and love it.

  41. kleinhomer says:

    It is time for MS to make it easy for the end user’s and those that support them to upgrade from previous versions, or buy a new computer for the new OS and move EVERYTHING from the old computer easily. No having to buy PC Mover from Laplink, or having to re-install all of their software.

    Your customer focus is long gone, and needs to return. Most of us skipped the fiasco that was VISTA.

    If this next one is as painful as your recent attempts, I will be moving freinds and family to either Apple, or LINUX. I have not more patience for the crapware and horrible customer service coming from Redmond.

  42. locolorenzo says:

    I have used several Windows 7 post-7000 builds and have had a consistantly pleasing upgrade experience with out any data loss or problem afterwards.

    Also out of a practical need to fully test the differences I have done a Clean install on a seperate disk, the clean install is always better with the use of The File and Settings Transfer Wizard.

    I now await the Offical RC Build and have a complete file backup of my sytem to do the clean install, can’t wait untill the R.T.M.!

    Great Work from the Windows 7 Team…

  43. aaron@aarondm.com says:

    "Don’t cancel an entire "Move" or "Copy" action because of a single error."

    http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/98

    That is so needed – for anyone honestly.

    Please to god look at that feature and implement it.

  44. michalsm says:

    What’s MS’s standpoint on installing the "leaks" from the torrent sites? I know they wouldn’t support those versions officially, but is it considered "illegal" or are they kinda ho-hum on the whole matter? Seems that these torrents are all over the place and with new ones practically every day, it would seem that it would be a good way for MS to get real world feedback on the newest builds. Could someone from the Win7 team comment?

  45. Can you give me a little inside info here? I’d like to know if DirectWrite and Direct2D are going to be in the sp2 vista update?

    Thanks,

    Matt

  46. My experience with Windows 7 beta has been very good since such point I feel part of my PC would like, me that the launching left the final version candidate to be able to have it in Spanish and a question cannot be made updates of a beta to the RC and as would be the errors that could give in case of updating, because to return to install Windows Vista SP1 I would not like to lose all my programs installed in my computer, would be something arduous for my, since I must be constantly connected to Internet

  47. My experience with Windows 7 beta has been very good since such point I feel part of my PC would like, me that the launching left the final version candidate to be able to have it in Spanish and a question cannot be made updates of a beta to the RC and as would be the errors that could give in case of updating, because to return to install Windows Vista SP1 I would not like to lose all my programs installed in my computer, would be something arduous for my, since I must be constantly connected to Internet

    Ing. Richard

  48. RonV says:

    @Steven

    You said "These same steps will be required as we transition from the RC milestone to the RTM milestone."

    Does this mean that this will be a ‘supported’ upgrade path for the RTM?

    Thanks.

  49. domenico says:

    @ALL

    Happy Easter to all !

    and special thank’s Windows Team for Windows 7 RC (is coming..)

    SUPER BEST WORK!

    THANKS

  50. fakeasdf says:

    Thanks Team Win 7… I’ll do a slew of vista upgrades with various installations of softwares to see how they pan out.  Excited to see the RC.  

  51. rawbug says:

    For folks running the Beta, will that expire or will we be able to hang on without having to go through the RC and hence two conversions?  Each conversion causes multiple problems with non-Microsoft software activation issues (the need to get new activation codes due to an additional replacement installation).  Can we elect to keep running the Beta until we do a complete new re-install with the RTM?  In other words, please don’t do a forced Beta expire until the RTM is available.  Thanks.

  52. limulus says:

    Happy easter to all & especially to the Windows 7 Development Team.

    What a great product you are making! I cannot wait to see and use the final version of it.

    However (I realize this has been brought up by many people, and I want to add to their weight):

    THERE IS STILL SOME WORK TO DO! You have seen this URL in many comments and are probably getting sick of it, but here it is again: http://www.windows7taskforce.com. Much of the stuff there is as serious as it should be simple to fix. I am a developer myself. For anyone familiar with the code a lot of the requests could certainly be done in minutes.

    See for example the crucial http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/1854 which has the potential to save every laptop user 30 seconds of time when shutting down – much more than can be gained by any elaborate startup optimizations.

    For all critics of the Taskforce:

    I myself would very much perfer if the Taskforce was run officially by Microsoft. This way I could be sure that the ideas are seen by the right people. However, referring to the official boards as the "right place to go" is NOT and adequate criticism of the Taskforce, as they certainly cannot be compared to it in terms of sheer usability and transparency.

    I beg you to take the people on the Taskforce seriously. Their number may be very small compared to the entire Windows user base of hundreds of millions, but the problems they address are common annoyances for all of us.

    Thank you for reading, I appreciate your work and this block greatly.

    Jovan Cormac

  53. Wolf-Tech says:

    I can see now that windows 7 now has the most stupid feature just like vista. When this feature is used correctly it works but if you don’t have a flash drive it does not work. I’m talking about "ReadyBoost". In vista I could install it and get everything right and the thing would still suck back gobs of memory to like 900 megs of memory then after a few min fall back to 400 megs of memory. I KNOW WHY BECAUSE WHEN READYBOOST DOES NOT HAVE A FLASH DRIVE IT USES YOUR SYSTEM MEMORY INSTEAD!!!.

    Now in windows Vista if you went into HKEY-LM-CCS-Services-Ecache you could turn off the ReadyBoot Feature this made my Vista boot in 7 sec compared to 15 sec with the dame thing on. Memory usage a mere 387 megs not 900 megs.

    Now I’m in windows 7 testing it out and I noticed that the thing is sucking back 900 megs of memory again which means that the Readyboot feature is stuck on. So basicly now I boot up it uses 950 megs of memory at boot wait about 3 min and it drops to 389 megs of memory. So its now using 450 megs of wasted memory!!!.

    I tried to turn off this service and all I got was a blue screen of death. Great Windows 7 was looking so good till you added this stupid feature. Back to my 7 sec vista now because now 7 takes longer to boot with that feature forced on.

  54. Saad says:

    Just one RC will be release?

    Which .NET framework will be included Windows 7 RTM ? what about Windows Server 2008 R2 ?

    Please write about .NET and future of it.

  55. Wolf-Tech says:

    You have to goto this value in the registry.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesrdyboostParameters

    You have to Delete the "BootPlan" Binary value then create it again and give it a value of "00"

    After I did that WOW what a differnce in boot up speed 6.1 sec to desktop and only using 367 megs of memory. Now I can live with windows 7.

  56. Wolf-Tech says:

    Just tested Windows media center on the latest build. It found my WinTV HVR 1250 Perfect and Now runs TV. I can’t belive my eyes. It works. Every other build I tried it would just lock up and freeze.

    Thank you….

  57. davidtan says:

    Sounds like we’re getting really close to RC or RTM.

  58. locolorenzo says:

    I have to say that the upgrade is a pleasure.

    Did this again this afternoon, install was 12 minutes…Transfering in files and settings around 10 minutes then the backup restore was only 20 minutes.

    I have a system that out performs anything that Linux or the neutered BSD on the Mac platform can offer.

    I am more than pleased with the OS so thankx for the hard work, this is starting to feel finished.

  59. r0galik says:

    Hi, developers

    Why did you remove check/uncheck option "Keep the taskbar on top" from taskbar properties? It was very convenient in Windows XP, I used it sometimes to avoid bugs in fullscreen (maximized the window instead of going fullscreen). I found the absence of it irritating… Will it be included in the final build?

  60. Saad says:

    Try XP start menu in Vista or 7 :

    VistaStartMenu 3.15 (freeware)

  61. nigelmercier says:

    @Jovan http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/1854

    I couldn’t agree more about this one – it literally keeps me awake at night (when the laptop sits there flashing the hibernate light when I’ve told it to shut down).

  62. nigelmercier says:

    I’ve got a W7 beta on 3 PCs in my house, and I love it. It would be nice to be notified when a new beta or RC came out, with a link to download it rather than having to troll for it.

  63. locolorenzo says:

    Update on this OS, it’s ready for RTM.

    Thanks again for the hard work, my customers are even impressed and are enjoying the Beta Experience.

    Also there are absolutly no conflicts or problems with VS2008 and SQL2008 unlike some early builds.

    This product is great

  64. ronm440 says:

    Why apologize for not providing an upgrade path from Win7 beta to RC? This sets a silly president.

    Most of my Win7 machines are dual-boot. It makes good sense for beta testing. (rookie beta testers should take heed.)  I am a “clean install” guy anyway, so MS won’t BE getting any “upgrade feedback” from me. (sorry)

    What I would like to see is the Win7 team working with the WHS team to accomplish this:

    I would like the WHS Restore CD to provide an option for doing a clean OS install from ISO image stored on the WHS box(I have Daemon Tools on my WHS box, but it would be very nice if the WHS team would incorporate mounting ISO in basic WHS functionality), and then be able to select a back-up set to retrieve just the data from, as part of the “restore process”.  THAT WOULD BE VERY SLICK, as often times I would prefer to do a fresh install anyway, when resorting to restoring a crashed machine. Why restore to a previous STATE if you can’t be sure the state was good at time of backup? The data is the important part.  Managed re-installation of the program files would be cool as well, as this would help get the machine back up and running in a more timely manner. I believe that this would be a viable option when restoring a PC in conjunction with the WHS Restore, and would allow for keeping fewer back-up sets.

    It doesn’t seem like this would be a difficult task for the MS teams to accomplish, if they would work together on it. (Win7 & WHS Teams) It would also help convince more people to invest in upgrading to Win7 along with WHS.

    Thanks for all the good work, and keep it up!

  65. limulus says:

    I am having a lot of trouble when visiting this blog lately.

    One out of four times the site doesn’t load at all and instead gives me an error message from the server apologizing that right now, there are problems so it cannot be loaded.

    Three out of four times it loads extremely slow.

    Anyone else experiencing this?

  66. domenico says:

    hey team 😀

    Easter it’s ok?

    We re ready to final test 😀 and you?

  67. firesmile_01 says:

    Stupid question guys, but out of raw curiosity:

    Will the fact that my backup drive in XP Pro is configured as a Dynamic Disk mean that I will need to lose all this data and reformat when I switch to Win 7?

    Curt

  68. TechieBird says:

    I can’t remember the last time I did an in-place OS upgrade, they just don’t work.  All you get is an unreliable machine and you end up wiping the thing later anyway.

    At least that’s what I thought until Win7 offered me the upgrade from Vista and I thought "screw it, why not" :o)  I was fully expecting to have to wipe it after a week, but the idea of not having to reinstall all my apps and all the laptop utils I can’t live without was just too tempting.  Anyway, long story short, I’m glad I took the gamble, even freaky things like the fingerprint reader that I thought would *never* work without reinstalling have just worked.  I was well and truly surprised!

    So anyway, I’ll be doing an upgrade from Vista to RC.  And not ‘clean’ Vista either, it will be the backup I took before I upgraded to Win 7 the first time round.

    Nice work guys, can’t wait for Win7 with a stable IE8!

  69. r0galik says:

    Saad: OK tried it but it only changes start menu, not the taskbar…

  70. mludwig says:

    Just a quick suggestion. I have been archiving some decade-old stuff and been using a lot 7zip lately. It struck me, how cool would it be, Windows 7 offering built-in 7-zip support. Better, make it an official Windows archive format.

    Eagerly waiting for RC!

  71. Tyserman474 says:

    I haven’t installed my Windows 7 yet and have a couple of quetions is all. I have Vista Ultimate, intel (R0 Core (TM)2 Duo E8400 processor, on my computer so I am debating what to do. I have the following programs, not installed yet, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V and Virtual PC 2007. I have been thinking about installing Windows 7 as a virtual PC on a seperate hard drive, usb.  I have 5 PC’s at home here that are networked. I just finished my BSIT/software engineering and am now going for my masters in information systems. My question is, which one of the above would be the best to use to accomplish this?

    Ideas please, thanks,

  72. domenico says:

    Were is Team?

    Stop new thread?

  73. locolorenzo says:

    It’s obvious that the TEAM 7 is pumping up for MAY 5…

    I can’t wait!!!

  74. Still hope for always refreshing thumbnails in the superbar…refresh just the window where you look at the preview  right now…thats enought…but what brings us a PREVIEW where we cant see whats going on when the window is minimized…please let the window who is shown as a preview right now refresh the content…

  75. Brendando says:

    I’ve been running Windows 7 for about 3-4 months now. I recently clean installed over my 7000 build with 7077- I’ve been eating the hype like a junkie, and just had too . Although I feel everything runs faster, and it feels nicer, I still feel there is a fair bit MORE that needs to be done for it to be the unified, solid product that it should be. I’m going to list the things I think need to happen for it to be the best it can be, and you should feel free to add on to this list, or challenge the points made.

    1. Re-do all icons to match the new style. At the moment, like many other parts of the operating system, its a mess. You’ve got icons from Vista- Hell, there are even some around from XP if you dig hard enough- and if Microsoft want’s 7 to be as untarnished as possible upon release, an overhaul of the icons to this new style IS a nescessity.

    2. There’s been a lot of discussion about a new theme for 7. Reading about it, I’ve come to three logical conclusions:

    -There’s nothing particularly wrong with Aero, it looks great on 7

    -Not everybody like’s glass

    -Aero is too closely associated with Vista

    To fix this, I think that Microsoft needs to evolve Aero, rather than revolutionize it- a blending of Aero into the borders, as seen in Office 2010, would be a great start. Feel free to expand upon this.

    3. The basic theme direly needs an overhaul. Some people will never see it, as their computers will run Aero off the bat. However, many, many people either won’t have access to Aero or their drivers won’t instantly work. Whatever the cause, some people will see this theme and it needs not to be disgusting. Even a straight port of Aero without transparency would feel like a godsend. Whatever they do, they need to do it.

    4. Unified Control Panel. When I jumped from 7000 to 7077, I really liked how much cleaner the Control Panel’s GUI felt. However, after reading a comment about it on windows7taskforce, I actually went through pretty much every icon in the Control Panel- and found that it is a garbled, confusing mess. I found it hard to get to what I wanted to get too, and there were links everywhere for mostly thinks that weren’t even associated with what I was doing. Frankly, it’s just confusing. I use Leopard on the other side of my Macbook, and the unifed Control Panel is so easy and clarified to use in comparison. Something like this would be great.

    5. The Installation Process has had a great improvement from Vista. The Clean Install of 7077 ran fast, and was ready to go as soon as I’d finished. However, many things just don’t seem to fit, and some things definitely need to be streamlined. The reminiscent green from Vista is apparent throughout, and it just begs the question, why? The flat greenish-yellow loading bar along the bottom is ugly, and unescessarily so- a blue, glossy loading bar would fit much better. As well as this, the sort of mystical start up animation style would be nice- glowing colours. Again, if they want to draw away from Vista, incorporate more of 7’s colours into the OS and the Installation Process- blue and white. It would look much cleaner.

    6. The Logon Screen. As simple as it sounds, for the love of god, remove the Vista glass bevel borders around the User Pictures on the Logon screen. It looks ugly. There must be a better way to distinguish the Pictures from the Background- perhaps and Aero Box, with rounded versions of the User Pictures inside it, with a box for password appearing inside the Aero Box when you click on the User Pictures?

    I’m sure there’s more, but hitting these six points alone would leave me feeling immensely satisfied. For a long time I solely used OS X. XP, I have to say, I have large qaurels with. Often I’m forced to use it at school, and sometimes just how outdated it is really shows. I used Vista on Boot Camp for a while, and felt that it had some nice feature and a nice GUI, but really needed tightening up.

    When I installed Windows 7, I was hooked from Day 1. I really would like to see Microsoft release this on the strong foot, but to do so, they have got a fair bit further to go.

    Thanks .

  76. AveragePro says:

    I do hope it is easy to go from Beta > RC > Final Release.

    http://sevenuser.com

  77. Tyserman474 says:

    Hi,

    I have been trying to get into the Microsoft Connect web site to download the WDT 2010 Beta to help install Windows 7 on a different computer I have. I have been trying to get in there again for at least 3 days with no luck. Is anyone else having this problem?

    Thanks,

    Tyserman474

  78. Tyserman474 says:

    Sorry, that should have been, MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

  79. ryan25012003 says:

    I don’t get step no.2. so i should copy the whole image to my current beta drive and edit it then copy it to the cd? or how?? Pls help! Can I just extract the files with winrar, edit the files, and burn it?

  80. Moham.mawla says:

    Today I have upgraded my Windows 7 beta to Windows 7 Rc (I got a copy somehow).

    I had a lot of apps so I didn’t want to start from scratch. I agree that this should be done in severe necessity only.

    It was a good experience with few hiccups (resolved later).

    Pre-upgrade :

    —————

    1- I extracted ISO file but setup didn’t want to launch.

    It extracted to

    "7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULFRER_EN_DVD"

    I renamed folder to "7100" and this worked.

    2- After launching , Setup complained that upgrade is not possible so I followed workaround here.

    3- While setup was detecting compatibility issues , laptop kept shutting down (just shuts down) so I figured out that some applications may need to be uninstalled first. I installed some including :

    – Video codecs.

    – Iso files mount applications.

    – Applications from non-famous vendors.

    I kept a lot more apps : Thunderbird ,Itunes , firefox ,  Nokia PC suite , Vmware , ALL MS apps , AVG Free AV

    After that compatibility check completed and warned about "SQL server 2008 express". However , I continued with uninstalling it.

    Installation

    =============

    Guess went as charm becuase I went to sleep and woke up in morning to find windows waiting for product key (I skipped that).

    Post upgrade

    =============

    1- All devices were recognized except my Broadcom WLAN which didn’t work with device manager complaining that it can’t initialize device.  After few retries , resolution was to uninstall driver with "delete the driver software for this device" then refreshing devices later.

    2- My Cisco VPN client didn’t work , a reinstall took care of the issue.

    3- Warning about "AVG AV is on but is reporting its status to windows security center in a format that is no longer supported"

    —————————————————

    All in all : I like IE8 , windows media player new look. Windows restarts cleanly now after hanging sometimes before (maybe uninstalling some apps helped).

  81. Moham.mawla says:

    Correction for previos post :

    I (UN)installed some including :

    – Video codecs.

    – Iso files mount applications.

    – Applications from non-famous vendors.

    After that compatibility check completed and warned about "SQL server 2008 express". However , I continued with(OUT) uninstalling it

    ——————————————-

    Good work team

  82. Cpugeni says:

    I attempted to upgrade my Vista Ultimate x64 install to Windows 7 RC (twice now) and the installation seems to come close to finishing but then informs me the upgrade was not successful and rolls back into Vista and gives me a similar message but no reason why.

    I then tried a clean install, launching the setup through Vista and had exactly the same problem.

    I’m tempted to just boot from the DVD and install that way but what if that doesn’t work?! Any suggestions here?

  83. Tyserman474 says:

    Mohan,

    Why don’t you let us know where we might be able to somehow get a copy of the RC release.

    Thanks,

    Tyserman474

  84. Cpugeni says:

    After spending a lot of time, initially trying to upgrade/install my Vista x64 to Windows 7 x64, I have discovered that the problem was my Gigabyte RAID Controller, GBB363, Windows 7 dislikes the driver which I find quite strange – why is this?! And why couldn’t Windows 7 Setup tell me this before it went ahead?

    Part of my analysis involved breaking and recreating my RAID0, so clearly, no way to roll back into Vista. I have now switched RAID off and installed Windows 7 onto one hard drive, it’s not ideal, but I suppose the other disk can be used as a dedicated page file!  

  85. benshire says:

    First – Excellent work Windows Team.  This is by far the best pre-release experience I’ve ever had.  The stability and performance of Win7 is fantastic.  Thank you for listening and for opening the doors to your process and feature input.  I have one small request if its not too late…on a laptop, it would sure be great to automatially disable my wireless adapter when docked or when on a hard line.  This is incredibly annoying to have to do manually.  I realize that there are third party/OEM apps that cover this but it would be nice to be "out of the box".  Thanks again – I am eagerly anticipating RTM!

  86. jayp00001@hotmail.com says:

    I’m really suprised that there seems to be no way to leave feedback from the RC version.  I did a win7 upgrade of one of my corporate vista laptops I use.  I found some issues (noteably the Cisco VPN issues that someone mentioned previously) that were not detected by the upgrade compatability check.  There appears to be no way for me to inform Microsoft about what’s broken after the upgrade.

  87. muziekaapje says:

    imagine a cluggy desk with papers all around, and windows7 beeing a box with papers…

    That pretty much describes my install of windows7 (build7100)

    i’m a bit unorganized and verry technology-happy,

    so the day it came out on technet i downloaded burned and wacked the dvd into my main machine, wich HAD windows XP SP3 and vista on it… i disliked vista a whole bunch because i had failures of hardware (nvidia drivers) and unsupported hardware of allsorts… so i let windows 7 install over vista and shoving vista aside… i allready deleted vista off my bootlist. so windows 7 now has a XP/7 multiboot menu… well all this info is just meant to draw you a picture that windows 7 isn’t as pickey on what harddrive what partition and what state of drive you are installing…  i mean what i did to my pc is a nightmare for software. (and i know it) so in a way this is stressstesting win7 all the way imho 🙂

    i’m shocked, positively shocked that the new windows finally REALLY works… as i tried the "new" vista for 2 weeks before giving up on it…

    3 x but:

    1: the installation went fast and all BUT, not everything is installed..  (like DirectX9 runtime) yes i know most games check DX install but hey it would be nice to update it with the first connection with internet.

    2: UAC is still there… but less annoying…

    3: search uses a lot of resources in the first few days when your hard drive is cluttered and fragmented like mine. during install i’d like a check for partition fragmentation and defragment if state is unacceptable..

  88. scandib says:

    It seems that the build number for the 64-bit Win7 download in the .ini file from the Windows 7 site is actually 7077, not 7100. Is this what it should be?

  89. BillyBob 11432 says:

    I figured extracting the files to another drive would be a bit much to me just to change two numbers in the entire ISO, ("7077" to "7000") so I experimented a bit. Since an ISO is just all the files on a disk condensed into one large file, I decided the characters would just be the same in the ISO file. Here are the steps I went through trying to do this easily.

    First, I opened up notepad. I thought since the characters would be the same, I could just use notepad’s "find" feature and look for "7077". Notepad’s response: "The C:UsersBillyBobDocuments7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_en_dvd.iso file is too large for notepad.

    Use another editor to edit the file.

    No chance for that, apparently. I then remembered one of my hex editing programs (like all hexadecimal editing programs) had a text string search feature. Another thing about hex editors is that they can open just about any file size, which is pretty useful.

    I used the most basic, freeware editor I had ("HxD.exe", lol) and opened the file. I then went into the search dialog, typed in "7077", selected "text string" and voila! Within a few seconds, (took me about 7, times may vary across systems depending on disk transfer rate) the searching bar had disappeared, and left me at the exact section of the file containing the .ini file. I just replaced "77" with "00" and saved.

    The save took a bit, considering it makes an entire backup of the file under a .bak extension despite the fact you only change two numbers. Once it was done, I just burned the image. I still have yet to test the upgrade, so I’ll let you guys know.

    Just offering this as an alternative to the steps 2-6 they offer.

  90. BillyBob 11432 says:

    Well, it took a while, but the upgrade succeeded. All I had to do was reinstall my 802.11g/b PCI desktop card drivers, as well as downgrade my display drivers from 8.15 to 7.14 so I could run Second Life.

    Simply enough, if you’re not sure to try the upgrade, Windows Easy Transfer, or just a normal file backup, I’d suggest using this method if your resources are limited like mine.

  91. BillyBob 11432 says:

    Oh, I forgot to list that I’m running an HP Pavillion 6010n with an Intel Core 2 Duo @1.80 GHz with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, in the form of two 512MB cards. No graphics card, just Intel Integrated Graphics. I don’t really have an external drive big enough to extract the ISO to, so I had to improvise.

  92. jaytmoon says:

    I was curious if there is or will be an upgrade method for a transition from 32 bit (Windows Vista, XP ) to 64 bit Win 7?. It would save a lot of folks who’s pc’s are 64 bit capable but were sold 32 bit OS’s for more competitive pricing?  

  93. Online Degree says:

    i let windows 7 install over vista and shoving vista aside… i allready deleted vista off my bootlist. so windows 7 now has a XP/7 multiboot menu… well all this info is just meant to draw you a picture that windows 7 isn’t as pickey on what harddrive what partition and what state of drive you are installing…  i mean what i did to my pc is a nightmare for software. (and i know it) so in a way this is stressstesting win7 all the way imho 🙂

  94. bachelor degree says:

    The save took a bit, considering it makes an entire backup of the file under a .bak extension despite the fact you only change two numbers. Once it was done, I just burned the image. I still have yet to test the upgrade, so I’ll let you guys know.to help install Windows 7 on a different computer I have. I have been trying to get in there again for at least 3 days with no luck. Is anyone else having this problem?

  95. Homeschool Online says:

    I have now switched RAID off and installed Windows 7 onto one hard drive, it’s not ideal, but I suppose the other disk can be used as a dedicated page file!  

  96. GED at Home says:

    it came out on technet i downloaded burned and wacked the dvd into my main machine, wich HAD windows XP SP3 and vista on it… i disliked vista a whole bunch because i had failures of hardware (nvidia drivers) and unsupported hardware of allsorts

  97. High school diploma online says:

    but if you don’t have a flash drive it does not work. I’m talking about "ReadyBoost". In vista I could install it and get everything right and the thing would still suck back gobs of memory to like 900 megs of memory then after a few min fall back to 400 megs of memory. I KNOW WHY BECAUSE WHEN READYBOOST DOES NOT HAVE A FLASH DRIVE IT USES YOUR SYSTEM MEMORY INSTEAD!!!.

  98. GarryWert says:

    One problem I have found is that running this OS on older hardware means that hardware that used to be able to play even the most basic of games won’t play much anymore.

    In my case, this is a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop that happens to have a GeForce 4 Go 440 (32Mb) card in it, and on my Nlited XP installation, it runs Halo and a few other D3D games fine, but on 7, I get problems playing any game, and it complains about not finding D3d, but DxDiag says it is running fine.

  99. Gotomeeting Promo Code says:

    Having deactivated RAID, I have newly installed windows 7 onto my HD, and to be honest it’s not the best situation, but there is one perk – I suppose the other disk could be drafter in as a dedicated page file..

  100. moogie says:

    I’m trying to upgrade Vista Ultimate 64 bit to Windows 7 RC 64-bit but it fails. I get OK on the compability check. Trying to find a workaround…

  101. moraja says:

    Does anyone have an idea where I can download the beta version of Windows 7?  I would love to try it out.

  102. SEO says:

    The beta version was available for download at the Microsoft official site quite a few days back, but the offer is closed as of now. I tried a few days back and couldn’t download.

  103. Networking Solutions says:

    I am waiting eagerly for the official release of Windows 7. You know, so much is being talked all around and for the first time in a long time people are expecting good and real hgh from a microsoft operating system. Its great to see MS starting something from scratch and going the extra miles to build something new and having features never thought of before.

  104. Juniper Consultancy says:

    Windows 7 is going to be the next BIG thing!! Everyone is waiting eagerly. So finish the work soon guys and present us something awesome.

  105. Forex Robot says:

    I am so pissed that the beta version download opportunity is over. I was so willing to test that out 🙁

  106. eiappl says:

    I just want to express my opinion

    With every new upgrage, new OS  windows 2000, XP, windows 2003, Vista it requires more and more processor speed. That requirement exceeds

    accessible processor power for ordinary user.

    Win2k works perfect, Win2k3 slower. On the same machine 2.4 Ggz. Size of windows explorer  win2k3 4 times bigger and 3 times slower than win2k. Vista slow it down much more. What is the matter ?

    eiappl

  107. r9hearts says:

    Why are people asking about the beta when RC1 is freely available? Also, though not officially supported, I successfully upgraded from beta to RC1 by copying the contents of the DVD to disk and modifying the file to use build 7000 as the minimum. It works great so far!

  108. businessbear says:

    What will be the processor requirements for that one then? I run Vista and it already takes up 50% CPU when it is idling. I am an MS fan and not keen on MAC’s. Does anyone know whether there will be a server edition for Windows 7 as well? Or will it be Desktop only?

  109. mecoo says:

    Looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing..

  110. Thesis Help says:

    It’s awesome, and quite a deviation from previous Windows beta programs. It’s also a bit surprising that you guys aren’t absolutely furious about all the leaks, but I guess that’s just more real world testing. Can’t wait for the RC, and the RTM.

  111. Custom Thesis says:

    Its great to see MS starting something from scratch and going the extra miles to build something new and having features never thought of before.

  112. stevenicholas says:

    I have tested the beta version, and really i couldn’t find any differences between windows vista and windows 7 except the theme some little changes.

  113. Robert789 says:

    Another thing to keep in mind is that when we do a specific build internally of Windows 7 we have an extensive step-by-step validation process to ensure quality. This process takes time. Just because a single build may have “leaked” it does not signal the completion of a milestone such as RTM. As always, don’t believe everything that you read on the Internet – except this post ;-).

  114. punenet.com says:

    One of the areas of any release of Windows that receives a significant amount of testing and scrutiny is the performance of graphics – desktop graphics all the way to the most extreme CAD and game graphics. The amazing breadth of hardware supported for Windows and the broad spectrum of usage scenarios contributes to a vibrant ecosystem with many different goals – from just the basics to the highest frame rates on multiple monitors possible. In engineering Windows 7 we set out to improve the ‘real world’ performance of graphics as well as continue to improve the most extreme elements of graphics. […] This post looks at this spectrum of engineering as well as the different ways performance is measured. Ultimately we want to inform you about what we have done in engineering Windows 7, while we leave room for the many forums that will compare and contrast Windows 7 on different hardware and in different scenarios."

  115. azouz110 says:

    I have tested the beta version, and I think it is much better than vista. When I first tested vista I was really disappointed, I stuck to XP, but now I think I am going to switch to windows7.

  116. organic skin care says:

    I hope all your efforts pay off and you develop the best Windows ever. For the first in the past few years, everything seems to be working right for you guys. Keep up the good work.

  117. Car Insurance Answers says:

    Yes guys, keep the spirit up. Provide us an awesome windows (which preferably we will never have to upgrade again :P). I liked your Vista too, so hopefully I will like 7 even more.

  118. stevenicholas says:

    I hope windows 7 will fulfill the expectations!

  119. MMOGamer says:

    I’m looking forward to Windows 7 now. It’s supposedly much leaner than vista, which is going to rock.

  120. laserpointers says:

    I will expect that windows 7 teams will make it. keep up the good work

  121. steven lance says:

    i am even a user of vista but I am mostly a fans of windows. i will try to use the windows7

  122. tolo87 says:

    I am looking forward to Windows 7.

  123. GarryWert says:

    it came out on technet i downloaded burned and wacked the dvd into my main machine, wich HAD windows XP SP3 and vista on it… i disliked vista a whole bunch because i had failures of hardware (nvidia drivers) and unsupported hardware of allsorts

  124. Discount Voucher says:

    I have high hopes for Windows 7. I say this because I would much rather windows clean up their act after Vista and return to form, than have Google running both the internet and operating systems.

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  130. vista registry cleaners says:

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  131. Tyserman474 says:

    That is the way I understand it, unless they change something.

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  132. arim says:

    That sucks you can’t upgrade from XP 🙁 Alot of people felt Vista wasn’t delivering so they held out while waiting for something better to come along. MS have to be aware how many ppl are still using XP, they really should offer an upgrade

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  134. Online MBA Degrees says:

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  135. Forex says:

    Will the fact that my backup drive in XP Pro is configured as a Dynamic Disk mean that I will need to lose all this data and reformat when I switch to Win 7?

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  136. Forex Autopilot says:

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  137. Forex Trading System says:

    Did I understand this right?….that we can only do an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 and not from XP?

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  138. Forex Robot Trading says:

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  139. freemmorpg says:

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  140. Dubai Furnished Apartments says:

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  141. Awek Melayu says:

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  142. Awek Melayu says:

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  143. Awek comel says:

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  144. iranian dj says:

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  145. Austin Attorney says:

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  151. MoneyMaker1 says:

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  152. MJS_Trilll says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for providing this "upgrade back door" info. It’s too bad that I had to get here via third party forums though. Please link this blog from the main RC download site.

    While I do appreciate your desire to "telemetry" the installation over VISTA or RAW, the time-cost of re-installing all my apps on my multi-terabyte machine is just too high.

    My primary reason for using Win7 is the need to cross the 2 Gig limit imposed by 32-bit XP pro, and to provide better (more stable) support for my three (non-homogeneous) dual-head video cards with six monitors. Can you spell P-O-W-E-R user 🙂

    Windows Vista was a real DOG, to be avoided at all cost, as far as I was concerned. In my technical and engineering circles I know of no one who uses it, and many people go into extreme measures in order to get rid of it, when it comes pre-installed on laptops for example.

    Win 7 is better than Vista and more sensible in many ways, but the biggest beef is your new (indexed based) SEARCH functionality. I positively HATE it and don’t want it:

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    3) It returns globs and tons unrelated garbage most of the time.

    4) I organize my own data. I don’t want it automatically indexed (ever). When I do search, I want a simple, 100% rigorous search which I can strictly configure and CONTROL. I don’t care how long it takes, because I do it very rarely, but I CANNOT tolerate the heuristic uncertainties with indexing.

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  154. Speed Dating NJ says:

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  155. Black Hair Styles says:

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  157. Golf Products says:

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  162. sharoncollinsr says:

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  163. discount vouchers says:

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  164. star7 says:

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  165. Dubai Freehold Property says:

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  167. tskrypij says:

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  168. job sites says:

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  175. invectus says:

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  176. toronto movers says:

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  177. vikojhons says:

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  178. seo-expert says:

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  179. forexrobot says:

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  180. Body Detox says:

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  181. Outdoor Fireplaces says:

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  182. sports betting says:

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  183. pariuri sportive says:

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  185. rezultate says:

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  187. Detox Diet says:

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  190. A. J. says:

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  191. I don’t want to do a Vista update because the RC will never be available !

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  192. Andy Pacer says:

    I have two laptops with the Win7 RC. I have two windows 7 pro licenses. Can I upgrade from the RC using this workaround to win7 pro? I may be able to get 1 pro license from my company who has an action pack subscription, but most likely I’ll only be able to get win7 pro licenses.

    It is nearing the end of the win7 beta trial I believe, and I don’t want 2 laptops that restart every 2 hours.

  193. health002 says:

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  194. mcpd says:

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  195. I have now switched RAID off and installed Windows 7 onto one hard drive, it’s not ideal, but I suppose the other disk can be used as a dedicated page file!  

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  197. Maybe I just need to spend more time getting used to it, but I’m not enjoying Windows 7 at all (coming from a Mac background).

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  198. Hallo

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  206. I’m really suprised that there seems to be no way to leave feedback from the RC version.

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  214. I must admit, I have not liked the win7 experience so far but then I also never liked the move from xp to vista.  I guess over time I will get used to it and it has one huge advantage, it is not Vista!

  215. I enjoy windows 7 so far.  Glad they did so much work on the beta as this blog shows.

  216. Devinharry says:

    Like anything else it takes some getting use to, but then it’s always better than the predecessor.

  217. Strong design and Microsoft don’t always go together, but they do in Windows 7. Users might take a while to get used to the new taskbar and Aero Peek, but they’re a pleasure to use.

  218. Windows 7 has had very clever marketing saying it’s so good and building it up! but it’s really still slow and Vista like! And 6 Editions of it? Microsoft is clearly money hungry and deceptive !

  219. I don’t think that Windows 7 is slow at all, in fact I think it blows Vista away. My system loads up faster from boot, and I rarely see it crash. I would say that it is on par with OSX.

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  221. I have use the beta and the RC version of Windows 7, but always think better to install from scratch  rather than upgrade.

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  223. Upgrading from the beta to the RC was a pain, but after reading this guide, I know I made the right choice. Now I’m running windows 7 RC with no problems and with all my configurations set. Good to see some quality work from Microsoft.

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  228. miche purse says:

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  229. Ray says:

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  230. WS XP is my favourite, though I got used to Win 7 too, I am more efficient with the xp version

  231. Wow, every time they come out with something that I see any benefit in, it gets fixed.  I am already looking at ways to force an install pass the error, there is no way I am going to put up with Windows 7 if this is the case for long.

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  234. Super Bingo says:

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