Windows 7 RC's bi-hourly shutdowns begin on Monday

By on February 24, 2010, 12:47 PM
Just a quick heads up for those who signed up to run the Release Candidate (build 7100) version of Windows 7 and never upgraded to the final code: get going with that or prepared to be annoyed. Starting this Monday, March 1st, besides showing an expiration notification on the taskbar, your system will start to shut down every two hours and any unsaved work will be lost in the process.


Those brave souls who ignore the "reminders" and work their way around the shutdowns will face one more phase in the expiration process. On June 1, if you are still on the Windows 7 RC, your license will expire and the non-genuine experience will be triggered. This means Windows will boot to a black desktop and users will still have to deal with the constant notifications and bi-hourly shutdowns.

As annoying as all this may sound, especially for those who have been running the test release as their main installation, we can't say Microsoft wasn't clear about the whole expiration process from the get go.

That said, if you need some more time to back up your stuff there is a little-known (and perfectly legal) way to extend your RC license as many as 90 more days -- just open a command prompt window with administrator privileges, enter "slmgr -rearm" (minus the quotes) and reboot. The 'trick' can be used up to three times and each will give you 30 days to go grab a legal copy of Windows 7 and upgrade.




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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Ouch... better reformat soon .

eafshar said:

i got a free copy of win7 through my university... and upgraded from RC to win7 pro during our winter break.. for are all students make sure to check out deals available... students usually dont have to pay full price

tengeta tengeta said:

Jeez... I manage to keep putting this off, I might actually bother extending it.

Guest said:

I m going to uses pirated windows 7 frm nxt month no problem for me :)

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

I m going to uses pirated windows 7 frm nxt month no problem for me

Your a bad person.

CMH, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I m going to uses pirated windows 7 frm nxt month no problem for me

Bill Gates will come and annoy you personally if you do.

Guest said:

I'll just use my infinite rearmer software :P,

gobbybobby said:

BAD GUEST go buy a copy.

Guest said:

LOL Pirates ftw

Guest said:

I used the extend command as described, and have just seen a pop up telling me I have 21 hours before my RC expires.

I am wondering if it extends it 30 hours not 30 days?

Vamatt99218 said:

it didn't work for me either. Oh well back to vista.

midimench said:

burty117 said:

Guest said:

I m going to uses pirated windows 7 frm nxt month no problem for me :)

Your a bad person.

Worse than that...you can't even spell correctly

bigclick said:

Ya gotta love Microsoft. They will keep you on your toes. Is today "patch Tuesday?"

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Ya gotta love Microsoft. They will keep you on your toes. Is today "patch Tuesday?"
No, I think they ruined everybody's computer last week. Is that right..? Day 16 has to be the 3rd Tuesday in March, not the second.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I m going to uses pirated windows 7 frm nxt month no problem for me
Super, you should be proud.

Worse than that...you can't even spell correctly
I think you're confusing lazy and ignorant with uneducated. Well, on second thought, "guest" is possibly all three.

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