The free public Windows 7 beta will now be available until February 10, after Microsoft cancelled plans to remove the beta from the Windows 7 download site at the weekend.
You now have until February 10 to start the download, but downloads have until February 12 to be completed, according to a Microsoft blog post. No one will be able to begin downloading the Windows 7 beta after Feb. 10, Microsoft said.
Microsoft made the first beta of Windows 7 available to the general public on January. 10, a day later than planned because interest in the beta crashed its website when the company first posted it the day before. So far, early Windows 7 reviews, have been positive.
Microsoft wants to give people plenty of time to prepare for the end of the beta's public evaluation period, according to LeBlanc's post. On Tuesday, the Windows 7 page will warn users that time is running out to download the software so they can prepare for the February 10 deadline.
However, the new deadline does not apply to MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) and TechNet subscribers, who will have access to the Windows 7 beta through its entire testing phase, according to LeBlanc.
Additionally, if a user has downloaded Windows 7 but does not have a product key for the software, Microsoft will continue to provide those to beta users indefinitely. A product key validates that a user's copy of the software is legitimate.