|23 May 2010||#1|
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Reminder: Windows 7 RC will expire Effective June 1, 2010.
Description of Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) expiration dates and functionality.
Important We strongly recommend that users who are running any of these prerelease versions of Windows 7 migrate their computers to a release version of Windows 7, or to another operating system before the listed expiration dates.
Windows 7 RC expiration
Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC will expire.
To continue using your computer, you should prepare to install the retail release version of Windows 7 or install an earlier version of Windows before the June 1, 2010 expiration date. You will be unable to upgrade from Windows 7 RC to the retail release version of Windows 7. However, you can back up or transfer your data to your next or previous operating system.
Windows 7 RC expiration functionality
Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC expires:
Windows starts to a black desktop.
Windows 7 RC users are presented with a Windows Activation screen. The screen states that the Windows that you are running is not genuine.
Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.
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|24 May 2010||#7|
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Oh, we're waiting for them. This has been well-publicised, and people still running the RC version of Windows 7 shouldn't really be surprised when it finally starts to happen. Since the expiry date of the RC was meant to allow people to use the OS until the RTM was released (and for a period after, to give them chance to purchase the RTM version), Microsoft could quite easily have changed the date following its release, which they haven't. In fact, I consider this date to be quite generous, considering that it is 7 months after the RTM release.
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