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.)
The download stopped at about 2.1gb, and until I can get a verfied MD5 from somebody that has it working, I'm not wasting my time with direct downloads again. I'll just wait for the torrent.
Can you post the link to downlod please
Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability
Today, January 10, 2009, 31 minutes ago | Brandon LeBlanc
Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I’ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!
Thanks! x86 will do me for now. We're all in a panic and hahaha there'll probably be a new beta a day after we have this setup. :) I"m pretty impressed so far though!
Frost, it should be 3.15 GB. Looks like your short some files.
MSDN & Technet subscribers already have keys i belive.
Only way to obtain key for others like myself is when the "Public Beta Launch" is started. Or am i getting it wrong?
now ms have linked the 'Windows® 7 Beta coming soon!' from the thechnet with their windows 7 website.... godd things that you can see that there are working on a solution right now to cope afterwards with the traffic
@ kirk did you get the mail? and is it working for you?!?
Where do u get the serial keys?
Like Steve said in his post, you'll be able to get the serial key from technet here:
but as of right now, the download isn't up yet, so just hang tight and wait until Microsoft gets its infrastructure properly set up. For now just download the direct link .iso if you can and wait until the key registration is up later.
newb question here, i was thinking of DL the beta. Just wanted to know what the difference between the 64/32 bit versions are?
The 32 Bit version isnt working for me says install.wim is missing...
The difference is the number of bits the computer architecture operates with. Most users can operate with a 32 bit OS just fine, but because of the number of bit, a 32 bit system tops out at being able to access a maximum of 4GB of RAM and after that it can't utilize an additional RAM, where as a 64 bit system can address up to 32 GB of RAM (I believe). That's the one major difference I'm aware of.
Unless you have a top end PC or need to do very intensive work on your computer, 32 bits should be just fine for you.
If you want to read more:
>> The 32 Bit version isnt working for me says install.wim is missing...
That means your file is corrupted. This happened to me too. The DL sites keep failing for me. Even with a download manager and on 3 different machines. Some of them get to 99% before they fail, others fail after 500M.
Have tried FF3, IE6 and IE7. None have worked.