If you're still running the Windows 7 Beta, today it will start shutting down every two hours, which is Microsoft's way of reminding you to install their Windows 7 Release Candidate—at least until March 1, 2010, when your PC starts the bi-hourly shutdowns once more. In the meantime, check out how much 7 will cost when it drops on October 22.
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My struggles to get Windows 7 RC to install were eventually resolved with a slightly unusual solution: abandoning the 32-bit release in favour of the 64-bit package.
If you were too impatient to wait for the official release of Windows 7 RC and grabbed an early unauthorised copy via BitTorrent, there's a nasty sting in the tale: your PC might well be part of a botnet.
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.
Windows 7's Release Candidate is free and available for download, but what's all that different from the beta version? Quite a bit, it turns out.
A quick pointer for anyone who's playing with an "unofficial" copy of the Windows 7 Release Candidate ahead of this week's official public rollout: it doesn't yet include the Compatability View feature in IE8.
Windows' AutoPlay feature has often proven to be more of a distribution vector for malware than a convenience for users, but the forthcoming Windows 7 release candidate, due any day now, makes some tweaks that could help overcome the problem.
Microsoft's manufacturing Partners already have it, but the downloading masses will get a crack at the Windows 7 Release Candidate on May 5. That matches up with previous Microsoft leaks, so the download will likely be available through June 2009, and remain alive in activation through June 2010. As for the final-official-seriously-done Windows 7 release? Mary Jo Foley at All about Microsoft hears October is a target.