windows 7 beta - ends in august?

  mehtdosa11 21:36 PM 26 Jan 09

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 22:28 PM 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 08:18 AM 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 14:41 PM 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 20:33 PM 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 17:33 PM 30 Jan 09

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

  Forum Editor 23:08 PM 30 Jan 09

which Microsoft will call 'a refresh'.

  Dipso 17:11 PM 02 Feb 09

So will this version be RC1 as mentioned click here

  Forum Editor 23:13 PM 02 Feb 09

Yes, it will.

  Dipso 07:36 AM 03 Feb 09


  T0SH 12:02 PM 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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