Beware, Windows 7 beta shutdowns begin next week

By on June 23, 2009, 3:30 PM
Here’s a heads up to anyone who’s still using Windows 7 build 7000: bi-hourly shutdowns will begin on July 1 and it will expire on August 1. In about one week, you’ll be prompted to install a complete copy of Windows every two hours, followed by a shutdown. If you’re able to put up with that until the following month, your wallpaper will be revoked and you’ll be warned that your copy of Windows isn’t genuine.


Build 7000 was leaked back in December of last year and was made available to the public by Microsoft just a month later. Since that time, a whole slew of other beta releases have hit the scene. If you’re interested in continuing to use Windows 7, check out the official release candidate. This build will be available for download until August 15, and won’t give you any trouble until spring 2010. That should provide ample time to snag a copy of the finished product, which is expected to ship on October 22.




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Swashbuckling58 said:

Well, I already have the windows counterfeit message after the logon screen on my windows 7 beta from today.

Secondly, windows 7 homepage says (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx) "You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time."

While microsoft's technet website says (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx
ITPID=mscomsc) "You don't need to rush to get Windows 7 RC. The RC release will be available at least through June 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time."

In reality, windows 7 rc download is ONLY available for TECHNET PLUS users now. Which costs atleast 149$ annually. So, I guess people who want to get windws 7 rc now would have to download it from torrents and then there is the story of Malware found in counterfeit copies of Windows 7 RC (http://www.techspot.com/news/34727-malware-found-in-counter
eit-copies-of-windows-7-rc.html).

OLBY OLBY said:

why nobody can enjoy a free software?

is it cause there is people working hard to program that software or what?

Guest said:

I'm not on TECHNET and I'm downloading the Win 7 RC right NOW using just my live ID to login.

I'll replace the build 7000 beta tonight, which I have to say has been running very well on my old Shuttle XPC, a Pentium 4C 2.8Ghz, 1Gb RAM, WD Raptor (original SATA150 version).

Guest said:

Swashbuckling58, I've been using Windows 7 RC and I sure as hell ain't a technet user and did not have to pay a cent.... what are you talking about?

Swashbuckling58 said:

Yea before It was free to download since May 5, 2009 but not anymore. Check technet site now

NeoFlux said:

Swashbuckling58 said:

Yea before It was free to download since May 5, 2009 but not anymore. Check technet site now

Just checked, RC download link is in place and working ....

Swashbuckling58 said:

Yea, it is working today but yesterday it wasn't the case

Zeromus said:

So glad I have the August 2010 version.

Guest said:

Been using Win7 RC on an old HP nX9110 Cel 2.8 40G HDD and 1GB ram. seems to be running alright so far. Maybe it might be alright on a netbook ???

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