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Want Windows 7 RC1? You're too late

Windows 7Microsoft has removed the download for the release candidate of Windows 7, the next major update to Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The official download has been available from Microsoft's website since early May and offered for those who wanted it a free preview of what the new operating system will offer, before it hits shops in late October.

For those of you already running the release candidate, Microsoft was keen to point out that the evaluation software will expire in March next year, at which point you'll have to upgrade to a retail version of the OS.

Certain users, such as developers and early Windows 7 testers, got the final Windows 7 release earlier this month. If you weren't in this group and you were looking to grab the release candidate, you'll have to now wait until the October release.

See also:

Windows 7 RC1 review

Analysis: Should you upgrade to Windows 7?

Turn your XP or Vista PC into Windows 7

Windows 7 forum

Windows 7 video guide

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