MSDN Subscribers: Windows 7 Beta Downloads, Keys, and Providing Feedback

Many of you have successfully found the Windows 7 Beta Downloads and Keys, but some have not. Also, many of you have asked how you can provide feedback on the Windows 7 Beta. Hopefully the information below will answer these questions if you still need help.


You must have an active MSDN Subscription to download the files or claim product keys from the MSDN Subscriptions Site, and you must be signed in with your Windows Live ID. Need to Buy or Renew a Subscription?


Product Downloads:

Windows 7 Beta files on MSDN (adjust the language filters for other languages - a few have been released)

Windows 7 Beta files on Akamai (Top Downloads list) on MSDN



Product Keys:

Adjacent to the Downloads at MSDN   

On the Product Keys list pages at MSDN 


The downloads can be used for 30 days prior to activation, in case you have encountered problems or delays in claiming your product keys. You have access to 10 product keys. If you need more than that, you will need to contact Support to have additional keys provisioned for you. 



Providing Feedback on the Windows 7 Beta:

You have asked us how you can provide feedback on the Beta, since the built in “Provide Feedback” links are not going to locations available to you.


We have worked with the Product Group to get you access to the "Connect" site where you can provide feedback.


Go to the MSDN Subscriptions Home Page and sign in to Windows Live ID. Follow the instructions and links under the top Article headline "Give us feedback on the Windows 7 Beta".  If you don't see that headline, you are not recognized as an MSDN Subscriber.

Comments (10)

  1. odditygiven says:

    I thought there was a way to get a MSDN sub active without paying a ton of money for it…. I have been looking for hours and cant seem to get it to go….. Please Help!!

    [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. See MSDN Subscriptions Comparison]

  2. DrewG says:

    I downloaded a copy of win7 form technet and used that key. then got a beta key and used "Change Product Key" in the sytem control panel. Im still unable to submit feedback though.  Is the feedback server having issues or do i have to reinstall  or actuallly download it off the site to provide feed back?

  3. Chris says:

    Thanks, this works excellently 🙂

  4. Tom Mein says:

    I am a TechNet subscriber and I would like to send feedback using the Connect subscription. Can anyone help with this.


    [Julie says: A TechNet Subscriber invitation will be added to the TechNet Subscriptions Home Page articles once it is provided to the team – visible after login. It is expected in the next day or two I think]

  5. Stuart says:

    I loaded Windows 7 onto my laptop at the weekend and was very impressed that I did not have to install any drivers after windows had started up,

  6. Kev says:

    The MSDN version of the Win7 Beta needs a key activationin 30 days…OK

    But is there also a general usage expiry on the beta OS? or are Microseoft effectively giving it away free to anyone who grabs it before the download close of 30th Jan?

    Does anyone know?

    [Jule says: per the Windows 7 Beta website, “Watch the calendar. The Beta expires on August 1, 2009. To continue using your PC, please be prepared to reinstall a prior version of Windows or a subsequent release of Windows 7 before the expiration date.”]



  7. Kev says:


    So there is no advantage for paid-up MSDN users over the open access versiosn on


    [Julie responds: I am not sure what you are asking?

    1. Subscribers got the beta several days earlier than the general public
    2. Subscribers have access to provide feedback through Connect which not all public accessors have. (after a small delay – sorry)
    3. For driver developers, the debug build and keys for Ultimate are available to Subscribers – and NOT to the general public. This is not useful for all subscribers though.
    4. The features and functinoality made available to Subscribers IS the same as in the public beta (except debug as noted above). Were you expecting something different?


  8. Niraj says:

    I was able to get my feedback links in Windows 7 working using the suggested method, but it won’t let me submit feedback from the Connect site directly, saying I need permission to submit to the feedback area. It’s not a big deal, but it means I can’t submit feedback from a different machine even though it recognizes my account.

  9. Jeff Hofstetter says:

    Got my Windows 7 Beta MSDN key off the web site, tried to activate. Couldn’t activate online. Tried the automatied phone system, couldn’t activate it there. Got transferred to a human who finally was able to activate. She told me I would have to call in every time I tried to use the MSDN key. What’s up with that?

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