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.)
Yep I just sent the email. I'm working fine.
The 32 bit version is for a 32 bit processor.
The 64 bit version is for a 64 bit processor. Use that one if your CPU is 64-bit, PROVIDED you know your software will run on 64-bit.
btw, if you need the mp3 patch for win7 you can find it here: ftp://papa.is-a-geek.net/disk1/windows7 for the 32 and 64 bit versions
I tried the direct download links above (both 32 and 64 bit versions). I get the download dialog, as well as the "Save to where" dialog. When I click ok to save it to the root of my C:\ drive, the green status bar goes all the way across and the file download dialog diappears, all within a second or two. When I look at the file on my C:\ drive, it shows it as being 1K in size. Am I doing something wrong? This is very frustrating.
If your unaware of the difference between 32 & 64 bit, i'd recommend not bothering with this.
according to this site : http://www.blogsdna.com/nl/1763/windows-7-beta-1-6170000-70000081212-1400-dvd-iso-details-screenshots.htm/
That above md5 sum is for the 32bit version, what about for the 64bit version?
just found another articel from MS. it's from yesterday and they could still be having problems with it:
Thanks for the recommendation, now does anyone actually have an answer. Im trying to install windows 7 on my netbook and am wondering which of the two would be optimal to do so. Im no tech whiz but am fairly computer literate and willing to experiment. experience is the best teacher as they say.
hello. does anyone have a download link for the german version?
sorry for the snippy remark, much thanks to those who did answer.
@ verus, for that one you will need the 32bit version as a college of mine has the eee pc from acer and win7 is running like a charm without any issues and he is actually a linux guru....
I'm waiting for the german version too since there is only one dl at the tpb which you can forget for win7 german
Can anyone confirm the MD5 hash for the 64bit version, this is what I have (based on my completed download from the microsoft site):
file name: 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO
When I attempt to dl the file, it only download a 717byte file??