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.)
hears a chat i made
Hey ! will I get the geniune activation code with it or not.
Okay, it finally worked after about 435 refreshes... I didnt give up! :D
XD or X(
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I used Brian's method. After about 1 hr I got a 64bit key. You must check each tab separately after refreshing as the title remains the same.
I'm in HK so the keys aren't restricted to the US.
Brians method works - just keep on refreshing - that server is being hammered :)
ISO for Windows 7 Beta 32-bit (English):
ISO for Windows 7 Beta 64-bit (English):
ISO for Windows 7 Beta 32-bit (German):
ISO for Windows 7 Beta 64-bit (German):
I'm up and running Windows 7 now. Brian's hint gave me my key in two attempts.
well its not working well right now.. beeing doin this for ever...
For people using Brian's method, using the Firefox addon Check4Change makes it a lot easier.
morning everyone, still nothing on ms after more then 6 hours, no methods work for key's so my gues would be that there are gone now......
i got the full version a sec ago, lol
Just got my key using firefox and click for change, took almost an hour but got there in the end :)
hey is microsoft still down???
or did i ,is out by 2mill last knight
update key's are still going you just have to be really patient though, it took me 9 hours! to get one.. only the download will not go now....