Win7 RC Is Here

Posted: 05/05/2009 in General

So it is here at last the release candidate for Windows 7. This release candidate is FREE and fully functional for a year. Windows 7 RC will stop working on June 1, 2010. To continue using your PC, please be prepared to reinstall a prior version of Windows or the final released version of Windows 7 before the expiration date.

  1. Visit the Windows 7 RC download page.
  2. Choose your language.
  3. Choose a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the RC. To see if your computer can run a 64-bit version of Windows, in Performance Information and Tools (Start>Control Panel>Performance Information and Tools) click View and print details and then look under 64-bit capable. For more information that might help with your decision, see 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: Frequently asked questions.
  4. Get a Windows 7 RC product key. (You can use the RC for 30 days without a product key, then you’ll need it for activation.)
  5. Download the Windows 7 RC.

How to create an installation DVD

  1. The RC download is an ISO file, which you’ll need to burn onto a blank disc before you can install it. To do that, you’ll need to use software designed for burning ISO files.

    In addition to commercial ISO burning software, there are free programs such as ISOBuster and Active ISO Burner. To find one, go to a site such as or Tucows and search for “ISO,” “DVD,” and “burn”.

    Follow the instructions that came with your program to create a Windows 7 RC installation disc.

You’ll need to do a “clean installation.” That means you can’t upgrade an existing PC to Windows 7 RC. So if you’re using an existing PC and want to keep the information on it, you’ll need to back it up before you start.

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