Announcement: Unlimited Windows 7 Beta downloads for the next two weeks, plus info on an update for Media Center in Win7

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As Todd Bishop noted on his blog…

"If you've been struggling to download the Windows 7 Beta, here's a reprieve: Microsoft is removing the previous limit of 2.5 million downloads and saying that the initial beta release of the new operating system will instead be available for the next two weeks, even if that number is exceeded.

"The beta release, originally scheduled for yesterday, was delayed until today while the company shored up its online infrastructure to deal with higher-than-expected interest in the next operating system. Apparently that wasn't enough.

"Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not ideal so we listened and took the necessary steps to ensure a good experience," the Windows team said this afternoon. "We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th)."

As MSWindows posted on Twitter, which serendipitously occurred moments after the cat threw up at home (just a little colour commentary)…

Microsoft WindowsIf you haven't heard the Windows 7 Beta is available for download! You can get it here:

The Windows 7 Beta is ready for you to download. Follow this link and click "Get the Beta" at the bottom of the page

To help make sure you have a great experience, please read these instructions before you install the software about 4 hours ago

[and as an added bonus…] Microsoft has remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th)

I'm looking forward to hearing about what people think of Win7.  I've my own experiences (overall positive) that I'll post as appropriate:  I've been using Windows 7 along side Windows Vista SP1 machines at work and home.  Brandon has posted several snippets about the features and offerings in Windows 7. 

My favourite benefit by far is that the public beta has worked AOK with all the software I've thrown at it, without any software appcompat problems on my machines at home.  It's recognized all my home office peripherals, memory devices and the like, and the start up, sleep, hibernate, resume and shut perform flawlessly. 

A note for those running Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player in Windows 7 Beta: there is an update available that addresses some issues with Windows Media Center playback, recording, and MP3 file support in Windows, in KB article 961367

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Comments (2)

  1. Satisfy Me says:

    Over the weekend I noted that the Windows 7 Beta was available for download , which prompted a number

  2. Satisfy Me says:

    Now that the Windows 7 Beta is available for download , consider what you might do with an old laptop

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