Download of the Week: Windows 7 Beta

By on January 30, 2009, 6:50 PM
With less than two weeks remaining until the general availability for Windows 7 Beta downloads ends (well, at least from the official site) we wanted to encourage those who may be waiting for a final release to go ahead and give it a try. Of course, this being a beta we wouldn’t recommend using it for any critical stuff but, if you are anything like us and enjoy tinkering with new software, then Windows 7 is definitely worth a look if just for its revamped taskbar and improved window management.

The user interface received some welcome changes, with elements that are both pretty and useful, such as the new jump lists, live thumbnails and Aero Peek. Microsoft also put a lot of work into making backups easier, simplifying the task of setting up networks and sharing media, and tweaking the Windows Explorer so it feels more intuitive. While the release isn't bug free, overall it is pretty stable for a first beta and certainly feels more responsive than Vista. It is also said to be feature complete.

Should you decide to give it a try, a copy of Windows 7 is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit form. Also, to get you started, we have posted a guide to dual boot Windows 7 with XP/Vista in three easy steps, and another one to reverse the process in case you want to go back to your single OS setup. Minimum requirements detailed after the break.
Minimum recommended specs:
o 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
o 1 GB of system memory
o 16 GB of available disk space
o Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
o DVD-R/W Drive

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Per Hansson said:
I've been using it allot nowI have finally figured out why I like it so much;It's allot better than Vista, and I really dislike Vista (In it's default config)However I still keep coming back to WinXP x64, tho I must admit mostly due to driver related bugs that I am sure will be fixed once the OS is RTM
JudaZ said:
Tried Windows 7 Beta today, must say...its amazing so far. They finally got it right. Hated Vista when it came out, now slowly getting used to it and like it more and more, but it still is very slow and demands heaps from you computer. I installed the windows 7 beta on my old laptop, it has only an Intel Celeron 1.6Ghz CPU and 768MB RAM and i gave it a partition of 30GB for the new OS. Installed fast, boots fast, it didnt find all my hardware of course but i didnt expect it to either. My first impression is, when can i buy it? Can i Pre book it? Finally Microsoft, you did something useful. Now can you please make Office functional again it would be great. Still run XP mainly, thinking of Vista, but now i might just wait for Windows 7 instead.
fullmetalvegan said:
Feels like Vista to me, which I have no problem with. So this'll just be a more stable Vista I guess.
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