Windows 7 RC is here!

Actually it got here a few weeks ago, but who's counting? 馃檪  I've been running Windows 7 since the public beta late last year, and I never looked back.  I have it running on 3 of my 4 machines at home, and with XP compatibility mode (I鈥檒l post on that later), I'll now be able to move the 4th!


Feedback from our customers and partners was instrumental in shaping Windows 7 RC.  We made a number of enhancements between Beta and RC, including the following:  


         Easier, more intuitive navigation through JumpLists, desktop enhancements and improved search relevance

         Improved Windows taskbar scaling

         Improved driver support and management, as well as Device Stage to help manage devices

         Windows Touch updates and Touch Zoom

         More Aero themes

         Improved security and enhancements to User Access Control (UAC)

         Reducing the Windows 7 partition drive size (required for BitLockerTM and Windows Recovery Environment) from 200 megabytes to 100 megabytes


Get started with Windows 7 RC today:


Windows 7 RC Availability

MSDN庐 and TechNet subscribers can download Windows 7 RC as of April 30th.  On May 5th, Windows 7 RC will be available to the general public through the Customer Preview Program.  Anyone can download the RC build through this program.  There will be no limits on the number of keys provided or the number of Windows 7 downloads supported.  RC downloads will be available at least through June 2009. 


We recommend that you download Windows 7 from the site that best describes you in the table below.  Each of these sites contains customized content to support the needs of a particular audience.


If you are a 鈥

Download Windows 7 RC at 鈥

         IT Professional

Tech Net

         Enterprise or Business User

         Consumer or Home User

         Microsoft Partner





Migrate From Windows 7 Beta

For all our Customers and Partners using a Beta version of Windows 7, it is important to migrate to Windows 7 RC to avoid the timebomb that is built into Windows 7 Beta.  That timebomb will activate on 7/1/2009.   When the timebomb activates, users will experience frequent notifications and forced reboots. (Windows 7 RC also has a built-in timebomb, but this will not activate until 3/1/2010.)


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