Windows 7 RC1 expires on June, reboots next month

By on February 2, 2010, 4:17 AM
The Windows 7 craze started early last year when the first public beta of the operating system became available. Then in May the thing took an enormous momentum boost with the first and only release candidate that saw the light outside of Redmond. Today I keep running RC1 on my main workstation and a couple of laptops in spite of having bought licenses for all those machines months ago. For some reason I tend to believe I'm not alone in this situation.

Microsoft has issued a reminder that in two weeks users will start to see notifications in the taskbar once per day with further notices presented through the Notification Wizard. Then on March 1st the release candidate will start taking automatic reboots every two hours. Officially the RC license expires on June 1, 2010, by which time you will be treated with some "non-genuine" prompts and refused of your wallpaper among other things.


If you haven't moved to the final code yet, you should start planning the migration soon and skip the trouble. Unfortunately there aren't as many Windows 7 deals around anymore and Family Packs seem to have gone the way of the dodo.

Where we can help you is to decide what version is right for you and explain what's the deal between 32-bit and 64-bit installs, among other things.




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hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

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isamuelson isamuelson said:

Sheesh, go buy a copy like most honest people.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Sheesh, go buy a copy like most honest people.

umm, okay...is that to imply that those using the RC1 that Microsoft let out and said we can use until June 1 are dishonest?

Guest said:

Honest? HA! I wonder what will happen to RTM, should i look for new torrent or sit with RTM?

isamuelson isamuelson said:

Never said people still using the RC1 are dishonest, but I'm seeing people posting frowns and other things as if this were news. It's not.

tengeta tengeta said:

I thought I had longer... stupid textbooks cost me 600 bucks already. Oh well, back to Vista for a little bit I guess.

maestromasada said:

I just will flash the BIOS when times comes

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I thought I had longer... stupid textbooks cost me 600 bucks already. Oh well, back to Vista for a little bit I guess.

Get the student 7 HP or Pro for $30, I think that deal still applies. There were news articles and discussions about it here.

Guest said:

That deal($30) has expired as of Jan 2md or 3rd.. The new deal for students is a $65 or $70 deal for win 7 pro or HP..

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

deleted my RC1 partition a long time ago... loving Ultimate x64

tonylukac said:

Never went to 7. Still on XP/Vista even tho I have a free legitamite copy. Too bad there's no upgrade path from the RC, just like none officially from xp. Perhaps Microsoft rushed this one too. I spent my time going to linux, and it's much better than the mac for my purposes of safe surfing. Thanks, Techspot, for having malware free articles that render linux no more than a hobby.

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