windows 7 beta - ends in august?

  mehtdosa11 26 Jan 09
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i read that the beta version will 'expire' in august 09.
does that mean we can then buy it, which means it's coming out then!
or will we have to suffer a black screen until the official version is released?
or maybe something else...any ideas anyone?
p.s. i'm impressed with W7 [coming up from XP]

  anskyber 26 Jan 09

almost certainly.

There will be other versions , for example a RC (release candidate) before it is finally available.

The best guess is late 2009 but could be early 2010.

  crosstrainer 27 Jan 09

The MS rumour is that they would like to release 7 in time for (festive word omitted). Things have a habit of being pushed back, depending on how the BETA performs (must say, it;s better than the Vista BETA by a mile)

You will not, however be able to buy it in August, although you never know, Microsoft might extend the BETA testing period if they feel it's required.

  mehtdosa11 27 Jan 09

thanks guys, lets hope microsoft will maybe let us upgrade to the next version until the official release.

dell inspiron 1501;amd turion 1.6 x64/4gb ram/ 250gb hd/w7 beta [32bit]

  Zeppelyn 29 Jan 09

I dont think August is that far off myself, this thing is done and dusted feature wise and just a few bugs to iron out. My personal bet is a late September release.

  Forum Editor 30 Jan 09

so there will be another trial version of Windows7 for you to download before the current beta licence expires.

  Forum Editor 30 Jan 09

which Microsoft will call 'a refresh'.

  Dipso 02 Feb 09

So will this version be RC1 as mentioned click here

  Forum Editor 02 Feb 09

Yes, it will.

  Dipso 03 Feb 09

Thankyou.

  T0SH 11 Feb 09

I have just now checked my version 6.1 Build 7000 of Win7 expires 01/07/2009 at 23:59

(info available from, Run, msconfig, tools tab, About Windows)

Cheers HC

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