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Discussion in 'General Software' started by Grownman, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Grownman

    Grownman New Member

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    I am currently downloading the Win 7 RC off the Microsoft ws. Now i see that they are many types of builds like i see ones with different numbers. What is the difference between those and the RC? which is more stable, better for gaming etc.
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    As I understand, and this may be wrong. But it goes from Alpha, to Beta, to RC, to RTM. With a few other greek letters inbetween sometimes. Alpha is the least stable, Beta is working out the bugs, the Release Candidate is fairly stable and barring any huge problems found that turns into the RTM, which is the final product. I use build 7600 which is the RTM, and have had zero problems with it.
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    Ah, ok thanks so much orbitz for clarifying it. So how come MS doesn't offer the RTM versions? I only saw RC..
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    I got mine elsewhere so I can't say for sure, but what you're downloading from their site is free isn't it? I think the Release Candidate is just for people to toy around with Windows 7 and eventually expires unless you go and buy/activate it.
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    rtm is the final version which you have to buy a technet subscription to get or wait until october 22nd to purchase it by retail. RC is pretty much the same thing as RTM with bug fixes and quality testing. very stable build
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    Im using 7 rc 1 and love it- very stable, very quick, all around great performer for wht i do but i dont do games. I do a lot of video and audio production though and it decreased my creation and rendering times dramatically.
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    yer but RC builds have time bombs meaning that they run out like trial software, when the RTM does not ;)
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    Oh, so the RTM version won't shutdown next year like the RC version?
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    Nope, RTM means "Release To Manufacture". It is the full version of Windows 7, which is why you can't find it on the site. It is only for people with a Tech Net Plus subscription until oct 22nd (when it is released).
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    i'll summarise into one post.

    Build 7000 - aka "windows 7 beta"
    This version has a timebomb, and i beleive has already expired. This was free to download, i beleive.

    Build 7100 - aka "RC1"
    This was the public release MS let everyone use. Quite stable, and the expiry 'timebomb' was a year after the beta - and a good 6 months after the RTM was due to come out.

    Build 7600.26385 - aka "RTM"
    Final build. this is what you get on new PC's, off the store shelf, etc.
    No timebomb, but not free like the earlier two. Stable, problem free, and my primary OS now.
    Unless you have technet or MSDN, you shouldnt have this yet.
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    When I downloaded RC1 the MS website said it will not expire until May 2010, but might start the "every 2 hour reboots".
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    as far as i care, the 2 hour reboots might as well be the expiry. its useless to anyone at that point.
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    Got to love those OEM keys :cool:
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    wow 7 is so much ? I am running it on my laptop seems stable but so was 64 bit vista. this reminds me of win98se2 those were way better days when you paid 90 dollars to fix microsofts F%^kups insted of 200-300 dollars :rolleyes:
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    bla-bla
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    live or die: seriously, stop. piracy = no no here on TPU.
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    Thats what i was thinking, I wasnt going to do i was just wondering if he might be ripping people off

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    people how brought windows vista should get a free upgrade to 7, so why pay for a vistaSE
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    and XP users should have got it free, since it was 2000SE

    and 98SE users should have got it free since it was well... 98SE

    oh and 98 free, since its 95SE


    in fact everyone who bought MS DOS should be getting free OS's every time a new one comes out
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    lol some one went over board,

    more like this free upgrades

    Windows 95 no upgrade
    Windows 98 free upgrade to 98SE
    Windows 98SE free upgrade to ME
    Windows XP free upgrade to MCE
    Windows Vista free upgrade to Win7

    free upgrade for personal user not business's
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    Right now I am running Windows 7 Build 7100 (the RC), which I obtained with a license key through the MSDN alliance my school belongs to. Will this also expire even though I have the license key?

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