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Windows 7: Windows 7 Beta To RC Upgrade Instructions

10 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 
Windows 7 Beta To RC Upgrade Instructions

The Microsoft Engineering team has outlined how Windows 7 Beta users can upgrade their version of Windows 7 to the soon to be released Release Candidate of Windows 7. The disappointing news is that Microsoft suggests to do a clean install instead as the development changes introduced after the release of the beta of Windows 7 were not always compatible with the upgrades made thereafter.
A clean install on the other hand would mean that all the changes and customizations made to the operating system by the user would be lost. This is a nuisance although everyone knew beforehand that this could happen eventually. Microsoft is suggesting to do a clean install or upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
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The RC, however, is about getting breadth coverage to validate the product in real-world scenarios. As a result, we want to encourage you to revert to a Vista image and upgrade or to do a clean install, rather than upgrade the existing Beta.
The Windows 7 release candidate setup will quit automatically if it recognizes a pre-RC build on the computer system. Microsoft did however publish a workaround for that for users who really need to do it:
1. Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD.
2. Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).
3. Browse to the sources directory.
4. Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.
5. Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000 (pictured below).
6. Save the file in place with the same name.
7. Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.



There you got it. It is still possible to upgrade a pre-release candidate release to the RC of Windows 7. Microsoft did add some words of caution to the article which are quoted below:

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These instructions will be brief. Since everyone reading is a well-versed
and experienced beta tester you know ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR MACHINE before running any OS installation and NEVER TEST AN OS ON YOUR ONLY COPY OF ANY DATA. Testing a pre-release product means just that it is testing and it is pre-release. Even though this is a Release Candidate, we are still testing the product. We have very high confidence but even if an error happens once in 1,000,000 we want to make sure everyone is taking the precautions normal for a pre-release product.
One other related caution is INSTALL ONLY OFFICIALLY RELEASED BUILDS FROM MICROSOFT. It will always be tempting to get the build with the mod already done but you really never know what else has been done to the build. There's a thrill in getting the latest, we know, but that also comes with risks that can't even be quantified. For the RC we will work to release a hash or some other way to validate the build, but the best way is to always download directly from Microsoft.
It basically says to avoid unofficial releases of Windows 7 and to make sure that data has been backed up before starting the installation of beta and release candidate builds.

source: http://windows7news.com

PS: Admin can you allow animated AVATARS please ;D, ".gif"'s


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10 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mercurial View Post
PS: Admin can you allow animated AVATARS please ;D, ".gif"'s
They are allowed, but if they are to large then they wont work.
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10 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7100 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
They are allowed, but if they are to large then they wont work.
Mine is small enough. ^w^

Thanks for the post by the by.
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10 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I'll simply nuke the primary for a clean install if it doesn't go on and leave the usual Windows.old folder. The 7000s are about to be gone anyways with the 64bit going very soon! 1% remaining on the x64!

Now for animated avatars? There are not too many that will fit available. I still haven't found the right one here yet.
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10 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 Build 7127
 
 

thanks already knew this but cheers, but my avatar owns :P lol
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10 Apr 2009   #6

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaveTaylor View Post
thanks already knew this but cheers, but my avatar owns :P lol
cause it was posted 2 days ago Delivering a quality upgrade experience
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10 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
They are allowed, but if they are to large then they wont work.

then can he make the limit a bit larger then D:
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10 Apr 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mercurial View Post
then can he make the limit a bit larger then D:
I don't know but you could always ask them, alternatively you can use this online tool to resize your Gif, it need to be max of 100x100 and max file size of 48.8.

Animated Gif Image Resizer Lite v1.01 - Resize Animations Online
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10 Apr 2009   #9

win7 Pro
 
 

Maybe I'm missing the point? We are all beta testing this for microsoft...we get to play with their shiny new OS and they get to find the bugs and fix them...everybody is happy!
By upgrading from the beta to the RC you are, effectively.taking yourself out of the program..as your data will no longer reflect that of normal users..upgrading from vista.
I, like many others, still have a vista installation..though I have no intention of using it as a primary OS again (seven really is that good), I think I kinda owe it to microsoft to continue the program as per their wishes, so I will upgrade the vista install and run that for a week or so, before wiping and going clean RC1.
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10 Apr 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Here I don't have to worry too much about replacing the 64bit 7000 build with anything newer since I still haven't been able to get online with any 64bit OS to date! Even changing the ISP didn't even help since the modems they provide lack 64bit support from the manufacturer meaning a substitute modem or wait for ...?

When the RCs start being seen you know there's good news since the various development sections have all submitted their best version for the section of Windows they work on. Some for networking/internet, another team for file indexing/storage, then another for appearance/themes, one for security, and even another for hardware/software compatibility, etc.

Now take all that and combine it to an RC composition. When going to test any build you don't assume everything is in 100% working order to start with and prepare for disaster recovery by dual booting or stand alone installs on another drive or even a separate test build.

(that would be the old clunker you upgraded out of left for recycling!)
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