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Windows 7: Life of Beta 7

01 Mar 2009   #1
v8ornot2v8

Windows XP
 
 
Life of Beta 7

I was able to download the Windows 7 Beta version a while ago, but I havent installed it yet because I don't know too much about it. A friend of mine is going to help me, but then I head that it would only be good until July.

What happens then? Is that true? Does it just stop working? What's the deal?


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01 Mar 2009   #2
Romulinx2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

No worries as the Windows 7 rc1 will be out around April.
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01 Mar 2009   #3
Iknewitwin7

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Win7 Pre x64 / Ubuntu 9.10 Beta
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by v8ornot2v8 View Post
I was able to download the Windows 7 Beta version a while ago, but I havent installed it yet because I don't know too much about it. A friend of mine is going to help me, but then I head that it would only be good until July.

What happens then? Is that true? Does it just stop working? What's the deal?

Yes kinda, it allows you to search the Microsoft Website, that's it.

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Install the Win7RC, then you are good til FR ... I hope
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01 Mar 2009   #4
weedmonk

Windows Se7en Ultimate Beta x86 Build 7057
 
 

Yeah the Release Candidate will extend right up until at least the retail availability of 7. All you do is either update the Beta->RC or just do a fresh install.

As far as the beta goes, on July 1st it will deactivate and go into activation grace period for 30days till Aug 1st before finally going into reduced functionality mode.
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01 Mar 2009   #5
v8ornot2v8

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks, that was very helpful. But what would the "reduced functionality" mode entail? How would I find that out. Thank you so much for your help.
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01 Mar 2009   #6
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

v8ornot2v8 .. Yep it will stop working but I am counting on a retail version being available to upgrade with by then. So install it and have fun if you can afford to buy a copy of the final release sometime in Sept.or Oct. Of course you should know that this is a beta and many things can go wrong and you could loose your data. You must back up or install on a test machine. lm
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01 Mar 2009   #7
Iknewitwin7

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Win7 Pre x64 / Ubuntu 9.10 Beta
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iknewitwin7 View Post
Yes kinda, it allows you to search the Microsoft Website, that's it.
you can search the internet after July, www.microsoft.com
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01 Mar 2009   #8
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Basically from july 1 the system will only allow you to save any files you have to an external location - other than the system drive - this is reduced functionality mode.

After August 1 the system will simply refuse to even boot - This build is timebombed as is normal with Beta builds
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01 Mar 2009   #9
v8ornot2v8

Windows XP
 
 

That's very good advice about saving my data elsewhere - thank you. So basically this is just to test and get me hooked. Has anyone else here been using the beta? I'm sure there are lot sof reviews out there, I was just wondering of the few of youfollowing this thread.
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01 Mar 2009   #10
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

I would estimate about 95% + of the 4500+ members here are or have ran the Beta in one form or another, have a look around the forum ans especially the tutorials and you should find the Beta experience to be a good one

If you are new to Beta testing just make sure that you have backups of your data and you can switch to another OS or re-install one should you need to.
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