"Actually, Microsoft has accidentally put up, and thus leaked the download link URL for Windows 7 beta, which is located at The Windows 7 Beta download page is never live and leads to 404 not found when clicked, but it was linked from Windows 7 homepage, although the link has been taken down"

Windows 7 Beta Download Page URL and Connect Invite Sent to Testers » My Digital Life

"early word is still confirm that Windows 7 Beta 1 will be of build 7000, with the ISO image file possible has the name of 6000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_ ultimate-gb1cxfre_en_dvd.iso."

Windows 7 Beta Build 7004 (7004.0.081203-1830) Screenshot » My Digital Life

Some late night scrounging around revealed that Windows 7 could be available sooner — via download links slipped into the next Microsoft Action Pack Subscription quarterly update kit, which starts shipping January 5, 2009. Word internally is that the beta build was already baked a while ago, we just have to be patient.


Screenshot of MAPS kit contents. The superscript 5 means “download only”. No DVDs.

Windows 7 Beta download will be available before January 5th - Within Windows

Oh well, C'est la Vie.