Windows 7 RC Will Start Nagging, Auto-Rebooting In March 2010

Windows 7 RC Will Start Nagging, Auto-Rebooting In March 2010

You might have heard that the Windows 7 Release Candidate would be usable through June 2010—quite the nice free trial. But it starts asking for an upgrade, and automatically rebooting, in March 2010.

That’s from a Microsoft spokesperson, who specifically said that “bi-hourly shutdowns will begin March 1, 2010.” Those shutdowns come without any prompt, unlike the standard restart requests accompany system upgrades. If you’re still using the RC after the drop-dead date of June 1?

On June 1, 2010, if you are still on the Windows 7 RC, your licence for the Windows 7 RC will expire and the non-genuine experience is triggered.

For those lucky enough not to know that that means, it’s a black background, and almost constant reminders that you’re running a copy of Windows that isn’t Genuine.

If you’re still using the Windows 7 Beta that came out in early January, you’ll get the same kind of auto-reboots and upgrade notices on July 1. All in all, don’t plan on using a beta or release candidate of Windows 7 on any system you’re doing actual work on. Windows 7: customise How the Date is Displayed in the System Tray [Tech-Recipes]


  • Kevin,

    Thank you for your reminder of the important dates and the events that will occur with those dates for the Beta and RC version of Windows 7. I do agree that it could be very cumbersome for someone who uses Windows 7 RC (or beta) as their main OS to have to reformat for the final version. I personally use Windows 7 RC as my main OS however I do leave my Vista parition open just in case. Once the RTM version is released I think most RC users would plan to begin the transition over to that and back up all their data (if not, I highly recommend it.)

    Also for more information, updates, videos and resources, check out this link:

    Microsoft TechNet / Springboard

  • Couldn’t you just use the windows 7 RC full backup utility to migrate installations and files from win7 RC to win7 retail? Or would it not work?

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