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Windows 7: Time to upgrade from Windows 7 Release Candidate

16 Feb 2010   #1
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 
Time to upgrade from Windows 7 Release Candidate



It’s time to upgrade from the Windows 7 Release Candidate


While most people who tested Windows 7 have now moved to the final version, some are still running the Release Candidate. If you haven’t moved yet, it’s time to replace the RC.

Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Your work will not be saved during the shutdown.

The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010. Your PC running the Windows 7 RC will continue shutting down every two hours and your files won’t be saved during shutdown. In addition, your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You’ll also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. That means your PC may no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads requiring genuine Windows validation.

To avoid interruption, please reinstall a prior version of Windows or move to Windows 7. In either case, you’ll need to do a custom (clean) install to replace the RC. As with any clean installation, you’ll need to back up your data then reinstall your applications and restore the data. For more details about replacing the RC, see the Knowledge Base article KB 971767.


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16 Feb 2010   #2
The Apathetic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is that gonna start after a windows update or is it something that was implanted in the RC version from the start? Cause if it's the 1st case, the users could simply not install that specific update..
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16 Feb 2010   #3
z3r010

 

It's built in.
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16 Feb 2010   #4
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Yes, It's a sort of system timer that is built in. I'm afraid any hacks that are seen on the internet to avoid the system shutting down will not work and will only render the system unworkable, one of the symptoms could be the WGA now telling you the system is not genuine, hence cutting off access from support, updates etc..

I just posted this because the email came in today from Microsoft.
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16 Feb 2010   #5
The Apathetic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Good to know, thank you.
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16 Feb 2010   #6
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

You're welcome.
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16 Feb 2010   #7
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks Peter .. I hope no one gets caught with their systems shutting down...
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16 Feb 2010   #8
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

LOL....let us hope.
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16 Feb 2010   #9
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I got the e-mail this morning. :O
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16 Feb 2010   #10
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Nothing on this side of the pond yet, for me anyway from microsoft.
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