Windows 7 has been posted!


Demand for Windows 7 Beta has been strong so far!   If you have already downloaded the bits, we look forward to hearing what you think.  If you haven’t downloaded it yet, try it today!


 


If you did not get a product key when you first downloaded the bits, you can return to Subscriber Downloads and get one now.  Hope you enjoy the beta!


Comments (56)

  1. Chris says:

    Thanks for giving us access to 7, I successfully downloaded it and received my key. I’m having another problem though, which some others may also run into.

    Each window has a “Send Feedback” link in the top-right corner. When I try to use it, I get “The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavailable”. Presumably this is because I’m not registered on Connect as a Windows 7 beta tester.

    Is there a way for MSDN subscribers to submit feedback?

    Thanks,

    Chris

  2. Mike Kinsman says:

    Thanks for your comment Chris.  I just forwarded it to our team and we’re going to find the right person to answer that question.   I’ll let you know what we find out.  Thanks!

  3. bora.seker@boeing.com says:

    I am unable download Windows 7 Beta at all, are there any issues ??

    [Chris responds: We aren’t aware of any issues at this time.  Please feel free to privately mail me with your repro steps (my profile is here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/user/Profile.aspx?UserID=134865) and we can troubleshoot this.  If there is a systematic outtage, I’ll post the info.]

  4. Aaron Onidi says:

    I have downloaded the ISO and I have my key. SO far so good. At first glance, looks just like Vista.

    Aaron

  5. Wendell says:

    I am getting the same "The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavailable"

    …even though this is the same Live ID I’ve used to download the beta. I’ve already found a number of bugs worth reporting, probably. It would be nice to report them.

    I seemed to be able to report the bugs before I put in the product key…….

  6. inferno says:

    which build was provided out of curiosity.?

    [Chris responds: 7000.0.081212-1400]

  7. Antonio Checa says:

    Issue seems fixed I got my beta key a couple of minutes ago.

  8. Ben says:

    I’m having the same problem as Chris.  I was able to get my key and enter it, however I get the error "Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the services is unavailable." when I enter my Live ID credentials.

    Good job on 7, so far it looks really good!

  9. Alexander says:

    Hi !

    I also have this problem (Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the services is unavailable). I am not part of the Connect Beta program, I downloaded the Beta from MSDN and would like to submit a bug report.

     [Mike responds: Sounds good Alexander.  I will post information here on how MSDN and TechNet subscribers can submit Windows 7 feedback as soon as we have it.  Thanks!]

  10. mrusso says:

    How do I get a product key for Windows7 beta

  11. Alex says:

    Well… I can’t get any more Win 7 beta keys (I have 6, I think). I assumed each key would work on up to 10 PCs, but each key only seems to activate a single PC.

    Any word from anyone at Microsoft as to whether or not keys will activate more than one Win 7 beta, and whether MSDN users will be able to access more keys? I also assumed we’d be able to get up to 10 keys and that each key would activate on several PCs, not just one…

    Anyway if anyone at MS can please respond I’d appreciate it!

    Cheers and thanks

    Alex.

    [Chris responds: You should be able to grab 10 keys.  Please try again.]

  12. jason says:

    How do I get a product key for Windows7 beta

    [Chris responds: Click the “Keys” tab right next to the download button.  Click the link to get a key.]

  13. Nico says:

    I’ve downloaded windows7 from MSDN and got my key there.  But when I entered it I got the error: Wrong product key for windows SKU.  I again got a new key from MSDN subscription, but still the same

    [Mike responds:  I’m updating my comment here because I continue to get questions about this error. 

    Unlike most versions of Windows, the Checked Build allows the user to select which SKU they want to install prior to entering the product key.  The keys we provide, however, for Windows 7 Beta and RC will only work for the Ultimate edition of Windows 7.    The error you’re seeing appears when, using the checked build, you have selected SKU like Enterprise or Home Edition and then have entered the Windows 7 Beta/RC Ultimate key.  Since the Ultimate key doesn’t work with a SKU that is not Ultimate, the error “Wrong product key for Windows SKU” appears.    

    To address this, we actually recommend downloading and using the non-checked version of Windows 7.  Checked builds of Windows are actually intended for specific driver development scenarios, and it actually runs significantly slower than the non-checked build (also known as the “Free” build). Please take a look at this page which describes the difference between Checked and Free: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms792442.aspx. If you are sure you’re interested in the Checked Build, you must select the ‘ultimate’ edition to use with your keys.

    If you are still having issues, go ahead and contact me directly via clicking the ’email’ link on my profile page: http://blogs.msdn.com/user/Profile.aspx?UserID=162057.  Please send me your actual product key and I’ll check it out for you.  Also let me know which file you downloaded, x86, x64, checked, and the exact text of the error you’re getting, if possible.  

    Thanks, Mike]

  14. Ben Day says:

    I’m also unable to submit bugs/feedback and get the same error: "Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the services is unavailable."

    I’m a member of the Windows 7 Beta program on Connect.  I’m able to sign in to the Connect site using my Live ID using IE8 running on the offending Win7 machine.  

  15. Denis says:

    The same is happening here…trying to submit some interesting bugs i found and i’m getting this message

  16. Mitch says:

    I can’t seem to get a key, even though I’ve already downloaded…halp!

    [Chris responds: make sure you are signed in and your subscription is active] 

     

  17. mbren28568 says:

    I’ve already downloaded windows 7 beta, but cannot seem to access the keys…I know I have 30 days, but HELP! 🙂

    Mitch

  18. jeff lindaman says:

    When will the public get access to the beta keys and from where?

    [Chris responds: Click the “Keys” tab right next to the download button. Click the link to get a key.]

  19. T J HOoKeR says:

    They should not have limted the beta to 2.5 million users, as it is better to allow everyone to use it. I would have liked to try it. Even if you download a bootlegged version, you may run into problems with getting an Activation Key. I once had a Vista beta a long time ago, and there was some hack with which you could use it beyond beta stage. I never installed it though because I think it required the user to change the date, and it would probably been hard to use other things on it, like Outlook Calendar, and it could not be updated. Not that the updates have made a hell of a difference.

    To cut a long story short, the beta’s can be a lot of fun to use and are often quite functional and if anyone has it, please blog it all out, since so many of us don’t have it and any information would be gratefully received. Have fun W7 users!!!!!

  20. Zimmer says:

    Could someone, please, post the link where the Win 7 can be downloaded?

    [Chris responds: If you have a subscription, you can go here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx and make sure you sign in.]

  21. Patrick Winn says:

    Hi, I was able to download Windows 7 Beta, but did not get a key.  How do I go about getting a product key.  Thanks.

    [Chris responds: Click the “Keys” tab right next to the download button. Click the link to get a key.]

  22. Rafik says:

    Hi,

    I see people saying that they downloaded Windows 7 beta. Ok, but where is the link! I checked all the micorosft links!

    [Chris responds: If you have a subscription, you can go here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx and make sure you sign in.]

  23. Jimmy Basra says:

    I am not able to download windows 7, once i login to the site I dont see download option enabled, what do i need to do to download it.

    thanks

    [Chris responds: Please hit the manage page at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/manage/default.aspx to ensure your subscription is active.]

  24. Naga Srinivas B says:

    Hi,

    I want to be the windows 7 beta tester.  I am not sure how to join and get the beta OS and key.  Please advice.

  25. Alex says:

    Hi Chris,

    Many thanks for that – I was able to get more keys just a couple of minutes ago.

    Just want to clarify something – is each key only for one computer, or is each key supposed to activate up to 10 computers? Thus far I’m only able to activate one computer with each key, which clearly answers my question… but is this meant to be the case, or will the keys end up being able to activate multiple computers?

    Cheers and many thanks

    Alex

    [Chris responds: The number of activations is determined between two external groups and I don’t have the answer for you yet. I’ll look into it and update this post once I know for sure.]

  26. Chris Tierney says:

    I’m having problems getting this to run on bootcamp.  

    Have you got any advice for me & my Mac?

    [Julie says: You may want to try the Windows 7 Blog. Good luck in letting your Mac be a PC. Let us know what you figure out.]

  27. John says:

    I have W7 with a Key from Microsoft. It refuses to activate. Any advice?

    [Chris responds: I would try grabbing another key and see if that works.  If it does, please contact me privately (http://blogs.msdn.com/user/Profile.aspx?UserID=134865) and I’ll collect more details from you for further investigation.]

  28. toon1222 says:

    Hi,

    I want to be the windows 7 beta tester.

    [Julie says: See new post with details on how Subscribers get downloads and keys and provide feedback, or buy or renew a Subscription]

     

     

  29. John says:

    Mike – I thought the beta would be avaialbel to subsribers (which it is) and then everybody else (which it is not)?  I have hte download but need a key – where can I get one?  PLease

    [Julie says: See new post with details on how Subscribers get downloads and keys and provide feedback, or buy or renew a Subscription]

  30. Alex says:

    Hi,

    Just wondering if there’s any official confirmation on whether or not Win 7 activation keys will work on more than one computer?

    [Jule says: the different keys work differently, and we have asked the team best able to tell us the details about this key.]

    So far it seems that one key one computer is the go, but will this change?

    Cheers and thanks

    Alex.

  31. odditygiven says:

    is there a way to activate my account without buying a subscritption

    [Julie responds: I am not really sure what you are asking. In order to download Windows 7 Beta and product keys for it from the Subscription Benefits Portal, you must be a Subscriber]

  32. umair says:

    I just wanted to ask that where can I get windows 7 beta.. I really want it as download on the windows vista home premium 32 bit. plz send me the link with key at this email address.

    <removed address>

    [Chris responds: If you are a subscriber, please go here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=36:350]

  33. Sripraneeth says:

    I am unable to send feedback or issue a bug, I am getting error like "The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavailable"

  34. Ian says:

    Same as Chris (and others) – unable to send feedback whilst signing in under either my Technet Plus or MSDN live IDs..

    it’s a shame guys – you are missing out on valuable beta testing here, and people will give up clicking the ‘send feedback’ after the first couple of days if it just doesn’t work…

  35. Alex says:

    To Julie: Many thanks. I’ll check back for updates on MSDN delivered Win 7 keys here.

    To OddityGiven and others asking:

    This article that I wrote explains where to legally download Windows 7 from right now:

    http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22583/1103/

    The download links for the 32bit and 64bit versions of Win 7 beta 1 are on page 2.

    As for those who are not MSDN, TechNet or Connect subscribers wanting keys, don’t worry about the key right now, just download the 32bit or 64bit version and install it – you get 30 days before needing activation.

    Neowin and other sites have details on other legal ways to get keys but none seem to be working at this very moment, so you’ll just need to try again tomorrow or the next day. I’m sure there’ll be enough keys to go around, and you don’t need a key to install, so get your Win 7 download and try it later.

    Alternatively anyone can buy a subscription to MSDN, TechNet or Connect (all Microsoft services) but if you’re not a developer or other “microsoft professional” and just need a download location and a key then a subscription is not necessary.

    That said if you feel you MUST have a key then a subscription is one way to get a key right NOW.

    Hope this helps, no idea if this will be published by the moderator or not 🙂

    Cheers

    Alex

  36. mbillow96 says:

    I would really like to be a windows 7 beta tester without having to wait for to servers to come back up is there any way i can get a key with out subscribing and having to pay am on a tight budget do to the economy so please help!

    Marc Billow

  37. Philippe Schnyder says:

    Found bugs, can report them neither… (MSDN Subcriptions Live ID used)

  38. den says:

    I’ve downloaded and installed Windows 7 from msdn downloads and and have tried 2 different keys obtained from the same page, same download – neither work – tells me “the product key does not match current Windows SKU – so I’m sitting here with a newly fomratted hard drive and can’t get past that screen.

    [Chris responds: You are probably installing from the “checked” ISO image.  Please choose “Ultimate” and your key should work.]

  39. Hayward Wilson III says:

    I have downloaded the beta and am runing it now but I am not able to get a key. Please help.

    [Chris responds: You must be a subscriber to get a key from our web site – and you are not an active subscriber.]

  40. Kim Sindalsen says:

    Also experiencing the  "The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavailable" bug/issue using my LiveID (Technet direct subscription).

  41. den says:

    Chris, please excuse my ignorance as I’m new to this forum – you asked me to email you privately – how does one do that?  Where do I find your email address?

    [Chris responds: Create a profile here: http://blogs.msdn.com/user/CreateUser.aspx.  Then go to my profile here: http://blogs.msdn.com/user/Profile.aspx?UserID=134865 and click the ’email’ link.]

  42. Alex says:

    If you need a legal Win 7 beta 1 key, and you aren’t a member of MSDN (and don’t want to pay the subscription to get one) you can now go to

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows7 to officially download the beta there.

    This article

    http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22591/1103/

    which I wrote explains how you can legally get a Win 7 beta 1 key for the 32bit or 64-bit versions of Win 7. Actually it appears that Win 7 32 and 64 bit use the same keys.

    Anyway no idea if the blog moderators will publish this but if you’re here reading it and you want a download or a key and you aren’t an MSDN subscriber then you can legally get Win 7 beta 1 easily now.

    Cheers

    Alex.

     

    [Julie says – thanks Alex!]

  43. Nick van Wieren says:

    Chris, it seems the Windows 7 Technet beta is different from the publicly available beta that started last friday. The Feedback tool with the Technet beta(iso and or product key used) requires a Windows 7 (tbeta) connect account for you to be able to register any bug reports.

    Can you verify this? Thank you!

    Kind regards, Nick van Wieren

    [Julie says: if you are an MSDN Subscriber, go to the MSDN Subscriptions Home Page and sign in and look at Giving Feedback announcement, to see how to register on Connect site and provide feedbback. A TechNet specific link will be on the TechNet Suscriptions Home Page – visible after log in, once we receive it this week.] 

  44. Dejan Vesić says:

    Same problem here – unable to provide any Feedback, with same  error as reported above.

    My user (Live ID) is registered on Connect site, but not for Windows 7 (was unable to locate that particular program).

    Any idea how to submit Feedback?

    [Julie says: if you are an MSDN Subscriber, go to the MSDN Subscriptions Home Page and sign in and look at Giving Feedback announcement, to see how to register on Connect site and provide feedbback] 

     

     

  45. Hi @ All – Im also trying to submit several bugs – however it won’t let me… will this reporting feature be activated later on ? Im still wondering since the public beta has already begun.

    [Julie says: if you are an MSDN Subscriber, go to the MSDN Subscriptions Home Page and sign in and look at Giving Feedback announcement, to see how to register on Connect site and provide feedbback] 

  46. Denis says:

    People who want to download the Windows 7 Beta could do this directlyby the Microsoft Windows 7 Official Website:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx

  47. Lammeri says:

    The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavailable

    [Julie says: read the post about how to register to provide feedback]

  48. Graeme Smith says:

    Windows 7 Beta Checked Build (x86) – DVD (English)   Build 7000

    Installed as either Business or Business N

    Activation with any of the 20 keys I have from my MSDN or TechNet Subscription

    All error with:

    “Wrong product key for windows SKU”

    [Chris responds: When installing the checked build, please choose the “Ultimate” version.  Your key should work then.]

  49. Graeme Smith says:

    And it doesn’t work with the 21st key I got from the public beta site – same error:

    “Wrong product key for windows SKU””

    [Chris responds: see my response to your earlier post.]

  50. Graeme Smith says:

    Chris,

    The ISO DVD image (from TechNet) and ten keys were from the SAME source.

    The additional 10 keys were from MSDN

    The singular key – was from the public beta site.  (That was a long shot – I didn’t really expect this one to work!!)

    At least 10 of the TechNet keys SHOULD have worked with the TechNet ISO.

    This was a fresh partitioned and formatted hard drive – not an upgrade over something (which was an option offered).

    So I can’t tell you if the failure to join a domain is a bug or a factor of the OS not being activated.

    Happy to provide additional info if you need.  Look up Certified Partner Atlantic Technology Group LLC for contact info.

    Best,

    [Chris responds: I’ve updated my earlier post.  I see you chose the “checked” ISO.  And I see you installed “Business” or “Business N”.  Your key will work if you choose the “Ultimate” version instead.]

  51. Jason says:

    Is it possible for technet subscribers to submit feedback?

    [Chris responds: The TechNet home page will have instructions for participating in the beta if you are signed in.  http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/default.aspx. ]

  52. Jose Angel says:

    Same problem. MSDSN subscriber, The given Live ID does not have permission to submit bugs for the Connect form defined for Feedback Tool, or the service is unavailable

    [Chris responds: You must register for connect using the links on the Subscriptions home page after you sign in.] 

  53. Raman Katwal says:

    I am using windows 7 from three days… When ever I tries to submit the Feedback regarding some issue….I am also getting same message like other “Live ID dont have permission to submit the feedback….”

    Can any body from MS can help me to submit it..

    I am a MSDN user so windows activation already done..and I am using the same credential to submit it.

    I am also the user of Connect Blog….

    PLEASE HELP IN SUBMITTING THE FEEDBACK

    [Chris responds: You must register for connect using the links on the Subscriptions home page after you sign in.] 

     

  54. Tony says:

    I have now downloaded 6 keys to activate Windows 7 Checked build and none work says it doesnt match the SKU Can anyone help? It took forever (several hours to install in a Virtual PC?

    [Chris responds: As noted in other posts, the keys provided on this site will only unlock the checked build if you install the checked build with the option of “ultimate” chosen during install.]

  55. Jon says:

    Just a guess, but at this point, Microsoft probably doesn’t want feedback from over 2 million people. They probably just want people to submit the automatic reports when things crash.

    If that’s the case, removing the “Send Feedback” link would have been a good idea.

    Since we can’t submit feedback, that’s what I did, I just disabled the link so I wouldn’t have to be reminded of it anymore. 🙂

    http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/3821/windows-7-beta-remove-the-send-feedback-link-from-the-title-bar/

    [Chris responds: Everyone is encouraged to provide feedback.  We’d love to get feedback from over 2 million people.  Sign up to leave feedback by following the instructions on the MSDN Subscription homepage (assuming you are a MSDN Subscriber).]