What will happen to windows rc when microsoft send it to the market

By captain zed ·
Hi folks,

I am a regular blogger and the particular forum i subscribe has a lot of people have downloaded W7. All in all it appears to be a great successor to vista, i.e its more powerful, faster, graphics are improved etc.
What i would like to know is....if i download the new W7 RC to my pc what will happen when microsoft decides to send the software to the market and everybody then has to pay for it.
Will this download just take up space, or will it be the basis for an upgrade to the full version, at a reduced rate or some other offer.
At the moment i have vista which, up until i downloaded IE8 was doing fine. Will microsoft offer a bargain to vista owners who think they have a failed product on their hands.
There is a lot of speculation at the moment. I will probably try W7 but not just yet.

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Windows 7 RC will expire on June 1, 2010 ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What will happen to windo ...

After that date Windows 7 RC will cease to be.

Not a bad run for your non-money when you consider if you download and run it now, you'll be getting the best part of a year for free, although come the end of March next year, Windows 7 RC will begin shutting down every 2 hours.

That's just a cheeky way of reminding you who's BOSS in the universe of all things M$.

According to the Microsoft emails I get:

"Windows 7 RC will expire on June 1, 2010, and you?ll need to either upgrade to the final release of Windows 7 or a prior version of Windows before then. (We?ll send you another reminder as this date approaches.)"

As to what exactly this 'upgrade to' means, it is very much hanging in the balance. I have not had a straight (believable) answer from any of my sources, whether it means an upgrade or whether it means a full fresh install - that fact remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure though - the longer you wait to try it, the less time you'll actually have to mess around with it before it ups and dies.

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Times running out

by captain zed In reply to Windows 7 RC will expire ...

I'll get downloading, then enjoy and wait to see what happens and maybe we will be pleasantly surprised. Thanks for the reply

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The contents of my latest update

by Jacky Howe In reply to What will happen to windo ...

Exploring Windows: Special Beta Edition -- Correction

Because you signed up to test the Windows 7 Beta, we recently sent you mail about the expiration dates for the Beta and Release Candidate. Unfortunately, we made a mistake.

We said the Beta would start shutting down every two hours on June 1, 2009. The correct date is July 1, 2009.

The rest of the dates in the mail were correct. Here?s a quick summary:

Version: Starts shutting down every two hours: Expires:
Beta July 1, 2009 August 1, 2009
Release Candidate March 1, 2010 June 1, 2010

We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.

Thanks again for helping us test Windows 7.

You are receiving this important message about Windows 7 because you downloaded the Beta or RC from either TechNet, MSDN or the Windows web site.

Microsoft respects your privacy. Please read our online Privacy Statement.

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, Washington, USA

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Are they sure??

by captain zed In reply to The contents of my latest ...

I found that message a little confused.
Its not everyday they admit they have made a mistake but then they went on to confuse when the download was gonna expire....did they mean toconfuse you??

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Who knows as the

by Jacky Howe In reply to Are they sure??

Release Candidate starts shutting down every two hours on March 1, 2010 and then Expires on June 1, 2010. That's a lot of restarts.

The Beta only shuts down for a period of one month as opposed to three for the RC. As whith any Beta when testing is finished they pull the plug on it. I might add that I'm still on the Beta which runs rings around Vista. My biggest gripe is the fact that there is no right click to paste in the search box. I seem to have explorer crashing under control at the moment but time will tell.

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And from past experience

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to What will happen to windo ...

If Vista and way back when XP was in Beta is any guide to go by

When 7 goes RTM or Released to Market The Beta Testers are given the option to Upgrade to it for a limited time at a discount by exposing your Credit Card Details directly to M$ Redmond and buying a copy of 7 which you can then install on your system after downloading it and making a Install DVD. Redmond will e-mail you a Product Key with XP you could only buy the Professional Version that way and with Vista it was the Ultimate Version. I'm assuming that the same thing will happen this time with Vista but I have no other reason to believe this than from previous experience.

But every Time that New Windows OS's have been released RTM I have been purchasing Volume License Copies for my use. Though besides some Vista Testing I have yet to find a need to load it and activate it I've so far not required Vista for more than a couple of days to rule out it's use.


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Time will tell

by captain zed In reply to And from past experience

I suppose we will just have to wait and see what they do this time...i think its funny that as soon as a new OS arrives on the scene we seem more than ready to just dump our old OS's, without waiting to see how it works out.
Tick tock.

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No not really

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Time will tell

It's only those silly people who have a need to change OS's that wait in line outside the shops to be one of the first to buy the new M$ Offering. The majority of people just are not affected by a new M$ Product until they buy a new computer.

But on the other hand you have to love those who need to go with the new as they are the ones who are the Official Beta Testers of the RTM products. Prior to Vista being released all of the Press or at the very least most of it where singing the Praises of Longhorn and how it was going to be so much better than XP was. Well it wasn't but the same press are now singing the Praise of 7 saying exactly the same things that they said about Longhorn.

My personal opinion is I'll believe it when I see it in the meantime XP is working fine for me and that's what I'm using on my under 2 month old system. :0


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re:time will tell

by PurpleSkys In reply to Time will tell

i suppose that's true for some...i personally would have stuck with 2k pro or 2k server but we needed an xp test machine so that got to be my machine...we by passed vista all together when it came out...but i had to make the big leap when 7 came out...i actually kind of like it except for the file security and taking ownership of files...i do find there's too much of the we're "protecting you from protecting yourself from protecting yourself" kinda thing within win7...hopefully, the full version releases will be more manageable.

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RC Versions and Upgrades

by TheChas In reply to What will happen to windo ...

So far, Microsoft has said nothing about a general reduced cost option for those who simply download and use the Release Candidate of Windows 7.

If you find and report a new bug, or are one of the "official" Beta testers, you may be eligible for a reduced cost license for the "Gold" release.

As to upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista, there have been hints of a "special price" for Vista users. But, no details have been announced.

Looking at past history, an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 should be priced somewhere between $100 and $250 (US) depending on which version you have an upgrade to.

And, as already posted, if you download and install the release candidate of Windows 7 on your system, it will be even worse than just taking up space after Windows 7 is released, when the end date comes, you PC will not run.

One final note, I expect that just like going from the Beta to the Release Candidate, there will be no "upgrade path" for the final version of Windows 7. You will need to format your hard drive and start over to install the "Gold" release of Windows 7.


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