Go get it - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx
You'll need some technical skills, like knowing how to:
Burn an ISO file to make an install DVD (A good example of what we mean by “technical”)
Install Windows (of course)
Backup and restore your PC (There's a chance of losing files, so it's a good idea to do a backup of anything you want to save.)
Set up a network
It can be glitchy—so don't use a PC you need every day.
Minimum recommended specs call for:
1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
1 GB of system memory
16 GB of available disk space
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates)
And yes, like anything tech-related, these specs could change.
Some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of "touch," may require advanced or additional hardware.
You'll need a system recovery disk (and know how to use it).
You're [almost] flying solo: you'll need to troubleshoot problems yourself and call on other Beta testers for their know-how.
It's a two-way thing—Beta testing is about feedback so our developers can fix bugs and hear what appeals to the people who use our products daily. Please tell us what you think.
Watch the calendar. The Beta expires on August 1, 2009. To continue using your PC, please be prepared to reinstall a prior version of Windows or a subsequent release of Windows 7 before the expiration date. (See installation instructions.)
where can I get the german x86 version from including key??
MS are jammed to much and their servers are way to busy... been trying all afternoon from here and according to this one here:
"As the next-generation operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7 opens new development, sales and services opportunities for your business. With Windows 7, you can offer your customers a robust foundation for high-quality experiences across applications, services, PCs and devices. Building on the substantial investments Microsoft made in Windows Vista, Windows 7 improves security, reliability, networking and user experience. And delivers capabilities that can make users productive anywhere together with tools that IT pros can use to manage PCs efficiently.
Download Windows 7 Beta
Partners with a MSDN or TechNet subscription can download Windows 7 Beta now. All other partners can download Windows 7 Beta starting 9 January, 2009 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time. "
so after downloadin this windows we just need to wait till MS let us get the key?
Is it true that only the first 2million downloaders will get a legit key??
>>Problem i try to download this and it seems to jsut cut out 1/2 way through has any1 else had this problem
I'm having this same issue... tried 4 times now, stopped at 735MB two times, once at 1.6GB... none of them will install.
Alex, most likely by the time we COULD get in, all the keys from the download slots will have been taken. It's unfortunate for people that want it the legit way, but unless you can get in through the actual official site, it's unlikely you'll get a key.
What about the patch - any link to that?
Frost, so, the only problem is to get the key, the downlad is the easy part?
If you mean the one on Demonoid, I could upload it but I doubt the owner wants links to that here on his blog.
Anyone know the MD5 hashes of these files, to confirm proper download?
i'll have the patch already here which one do you need?? x86 or 64bit? sen mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send it to you..
Well I'm still downloading at around 500-600kbs so I couldn't tell you. I'm past the 1.6gb mark, so I'm guessing the download is rather easy.
Anyone else getting "bad image" from the x86 version linked from this site?
"The application or DLL D:\Sources\SPWIZENG.DLL is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette."
Ok some im downloading the ISO file. But how do i get a key??
Anybody have any information about that?
looks like it is postponed
Use DownThemAll for Firefox and you'll have no problems completing the DL