Windows 7 RC Available For Download Now

The official Windows 7 Release Candidate is now available for all users through Microsoft's Customer Preview program.

To download Windows 7 RC, you'll need to hit up the link below, head to the bottom of the page to select which version of Windows 7 you want (32-bit or 64-bit), select your language, and then sign in with your Windows Live account (that means you'll need to get one if you don't have one already). After that, just grab yourself a cold drink and wait. So far the download is moving swiftly for me (around 450KB/s) and should be done in just over an hour and a half. Hopefully they can keep it up, but if not, remember: This download and product keys will be available through the end of June, so you've got plenty of time.

If you give it a go, let's hear how the download goes for you in the comments. Thanks Travis!

Windows 7 Release Candidate: Download instructions [Microsoft]


    I disabled Java in Firefox and was able to download it.

      Awesome tip, certainly helped me!

    Thanks for the tip on disabling the java in FF worked a treat
    getting 1.4MB a second on my 20/20 FiOS conenction

    ok, I need some advice. My mum uses a Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM PC to browse the net, use MS Word, open email attachments etc...

    What will be faster for her? her above PC with WinXP or Win7?

      I have a P4 also that had XP on it. I clean-installed Windows 7 onto it and it runs like a dream now. It boots up in 1 min as opposed to 3-5 mins in XP; it looks great & the revamped taskbar is so intuitive and time-saving.
      I'd recommend you give windows 7 a try. But you must keep in mind the March 2010 expiry date.

        Thanks Dan. I will give it a go. And in regards to the expiry, I think my mum does not use the PC for more than 2 hours at a time. So the expiry annoyance(rebooting after 2hours) will not really matter too much for a little while.

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