Friday, January 9th 2009

Microsoft Makes First Windows 7 Beta Public

Microsoft made the first beta release of its upcoming client operating system, Windows 7 (officially) public. While the OS has been open for downloads for MSDN and TechNet subscribers for the past two days, the company made it public in essence making it open for everyone to download it starting today.

Users will be able to download the Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD image file (.iso) from the official Windows 7 page on the company website here. The disk image file weighs 2.7 GB (3.15 GB for the 64-bit version). Unlike with earlier beta versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 beta isn't available in a CD image format. "I really believe that Windows 7 is the best operating system we've ever developed," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft. "I encourage you all to get out and download it" he added.Source: VNUnet
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242 Comments on Microsoft Makes First Windows 7 Beta Public

#1
kid41212003
Afternoon 9th, It's 1AM in the morning atm.
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#2
Basard
yeah ^^ i just got scammed too.... gotta wait like 8 more hours...
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#3
computerdeth
yay for the 64bit...im in the west coast....it 3am... about 9 more hours to go for me..
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#4
Rebo&Zooty
by: btarunr
"I really believe that Windows 7 is the best operating system we've ever developed," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft.
isnt that what he said about vista?


LULZ
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
By commonsense, if something betters the best, it becomes the best. Only that back then MS didn't have a clue about Vista and its poorshow.
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#6
RadeonX2
I can't seem to find the download link?
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
It goes online by afternoon US time...you'll be into 10th by then :)
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#8
Stephen
I want to download this, I really do!

I just don't want to spend a day or more downloading it.
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#9
Rebo&Zooty
haha, i would bet you this was an attempt for them to beable to add DRM to the mp3's that failed crupting them, so they had to patch it out ;)

ms is after all in bed with the mpaa/riaa why wouldnt they want to insure all your music is DRM "protected" :P
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#10
Castiel
So whats the official time of when it releases?
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#11
bogmali
I just downloaded the 32 bit version (I have a Technet Plus subscription) and will be installing it on my lappy tonight;) The download took 3.5 hours:eek: cause of some random MS server reset error:shadedshu
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#12
AsRock
TPU addict
by: btarunr
It goes online by afternoon US time...you'll be into 10th by then :)
US time ? est i persume you mean right ?.
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#13
A Cheese Danish
I do believe he means EST.
And with a download speed of 100 kb/s tops :banghead:...
I don't think I'm gonna be testing it too quickly
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#14
GSG-9
I really don't want to wait to wait to download this, We did not have to for XP Pro x64. Well I guess we did when we wanted the new builds...which is what this is...:shadedshu:ohwell:
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#15
AphexDreamer
Can't wait to download this. Still can't see the download on the MS page...
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#16
GSG-9
by: AphexDreamer
Can't wait to download this. Still can't see the download on the MS page...
Same here :roll: I have not done beta builds since Vista RC1, kinda pumped.
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#17
KainXS
MS better LISTEN in this beta unlike they did for longhorn
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#18
mdm-adph
...and the download site has gone completely down. Imagine that. :P
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#19
GSG-9
by: mdm-adph
...and the download site has gone completely down. Imagine that. :P
It refreshes after 2 or 3 tries, it does not look good though, its this bad at least 63 min before launch..
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#20
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i am somewhat tempted to download it. but with all the hassles of running a beta i think i will stick with all the hassles of running vista for now.
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#21
GSG-9
by: Easy Rhino
i am somewhat tempted to download it. but with all the hassles of running a beta i think i will stick with all the hassles of running vista for now.
Im going to because my harddrive failed on Dec 25th, I have a new 500gb drive here, but I live 9 hours away and I don't have a windows disk, and my 16gb jump drive will not format to fat for xp and the version of vista I downloaded did not work correctly. So, I will use 7 tell I get home.
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#22
mdm-adph
by: Easy Rhino
i am somewhat tempted to download it. but with all the hassles of running a beta i think i will stick with all the hassles of running vista for now.
That's what VM's are for. VirtualBox now offers direct GPU access, too, so download today and get started. ;)
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#23
D007
I'd really like some benchmarks for this.
I just reformatted like 6 times in a row and I don't want to install this and have it make me loose existing files or corrupt my system.

It's beta of course so I'm expecting issues.
But how's it doing in games?
dx10 I assume..
but i'm going to go look into it right now myself.

How does it handle file transferring and downloading uploading etc?
seem stable to you guys?
having any BSOD's?
any artifacting or other random issues?

good luck..
Let's hope this one works right. :rolleyes:
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