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.)
It's 2 am 10/1 in finland right now.. From what i hear, version 7000 of W7 beta 1 is the one that leaked to torrent and it has been updated to 7016 or more. So to you who is downloading from neowin should wait for the official link in MS page to get the newest version of beta 1. I am waiting too... though i have a job on tomorrow morning.
the version ms will be putting on the site is exactly the same which has leaked at christmas no newer build as of yet, you can see that too in the info for technet plus users
Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal -- we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.
also now on the technet site as well as on the official win7 website by ms.. we're in for a looooong wait, It never were that bad with vista rc2 3 yrs ago.....
click it... and see...
@iztik21, when did you get this one and how when ms is so busy at the moment?
The interest has been phenomenal because Vista is terrible.
w nead theat link stat!!!!!!!!!!!!
release the link iztik21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is anyone else getting only a 716byte file when they try to download???????
THIS IS IMPORTANT! I HAVE FOUND AN ACTIVATION METHOD, AND MANY OTHER TRIAL BIPASSES! just click here, and it has like, a bunch of info on how to get a valid serial key, activate, and blah blah blah
the link is already released...
i get this
Thanks for the Link up there Steve, that was very gracious of you. Unlike some of the posted picture links and their downloads....How are we going to get valid and legitiment keys after our downloads we did? Honest question and thanks again for your help with the legit download link.
this is just a pic from a person on other blog site while ago... lolz...