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Plan Ahead for Windows 7 Beta and RC Expiration Dates

Discussion in 'Software' started by wagnerk, May 4, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Plan Ahead for Windows 7 Beta and RC Expiration Dates

    Attention Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate (RC) testers! To avoid interruption, you’ll need to start planning now to rebuild your test machines using a valid version of Windows before the software expires.

    Windows will notify you that the expiration process is beginning and two weeks later your PC will begin shutting down every two hours.

    The Beta expires on August 1, 2009, and bi-hourly shutdowns will begin July 1, 2009. The RC will expire June 1, 2010, and the bi-hourly shutdowns will begin on March 1, 2010. In both cases, you’ll need to rebuild your test PCs with another valid version of the OS, and reinstall your programs and data.

    See here.

    Thought that this would be useful to those running the beta's/RC :)

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  2. rax

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    Bit of a pain losing all your applications though, shame they can't offer some kind of "upgrade" method so that you can move from the beta to the licensed version without any downtime/time wasted
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  3. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

    If you fancy trying it I found this article instructing how one can upgrade from Win 7 Beta to RC1.

    If I were you I'd still do a clean install though.

    Link - here

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  4. rax

    rax Megabyte Poster

    I'm talking from RC to the full release but thanks
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