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Windows 7: Come 1st August

21 Feb 2009   #1
hybridfan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 
Come 1st August

Just wondered what will exactly happen to windows 7 on PC's does it just uninstall itself or something, or wipe your whole hard drive ? what if you don't have a other OS to boot to... I myself have XP installed on a seperate hard drive, so I can switch back to that anytime.


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21 Feb 2009   #2
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

no you wont need to uninstall win7 as theyl be the RC1 upgrade.
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21 Feb 2009   #3
gzt7d8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
no you wont need to uninstall win7 as theyl be the RC1 upgrade.
Swarfega, I've heard both sides; 1) can't install over Build 7000 and 2) upgrade path from the Beta version.

I hope you're right; it would eliminate the need to reinstall your programs.

Greg
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21 Feb 2009   #4
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

You can upgrade to future builds, but once the final release is available you will be required to do a fresh install of the final product or upgrade from Vista, you will not be able to keep this installation after August 1 so make sure you don't have it as your only OS.

The best solution is to dual boot with Vista, so when the time comes you can transfer any files from your Windows 7 partition over to Vista and then simply upgrade Vista to Windows 7 when the Final release hits the stores.
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21 Feb 2009   #5
gzt7d8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
You can upgrade to future builds, but once the final release is available you will be required to do a fresh install of the final product or upgrade from Vista, you will not be able to keep this installation after August 1 so make sure you don't have it as your only OS.

The best solution is to dual boot with Vista, so when the time comes you can transfer any files from your Windows 7 partition over to Vista and then simply upgrade Vista to Windows 7 when the Final release hits the stores.
I agree Mr GriM, I wouldn't expected that you would install the released version over the RC version of Win7. I would probably perform a clean install but I haven't decided yet. I like the idea of a clean install, but the hassle of reloading the programs.

Currently I do have dual boot with Vista. I don't have all my programs installed on Win 7, e.g. financial, I did it that way just to be safe.

Thanks for the clarification.

Greg
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21 Feb 2009   #6
ronnin426850

Windows 7
 
 

I think the question was more like "How the BETA will stop working on August 1-st, what will happen to it"
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21 Feb 2009   #7
gzt7d8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
I think the question was more like "How the BETA will stop working on August 1-st, what will happen to it"
Oops, sorry about that!
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21 Feb 2009   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi,

The more than likely scenario will be that the Beta will go into reduced functionality mode on July 1st to allow you a month to save any files then on August 1st it will simply refuse to boot at all.

This will hopefully not be an issue as the RC should be out by then - still it is always a good idea not to rely on any Beta software as your only OS - what if someone has coded the "timebomb date" incorrectly.

The minimum I would recommend is that you at least store your data on a separate drive or partition.
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21 Feb 2009   #9
hybridfan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Thanks Barman that seems a very viable situation
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21 Feb 2009   #10
Iknewitwin7

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hybridfan View Post
Just wondered what will exactly happen to windows 7 on PC's does it just uninstall itself or something, or wipe your whole hard drive ? what if you don't have a other OS to boot to... I myself have XP installed on a seperate hard drive, so I can switch back to that anytime.
Mine ends on til July 1st, so don't worry, hopefully RC will be out before then
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