Microsoft has now unveiled Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) to the general public and it may be downloaded from
the Microsoft website. This (32 and 64 bit versions) will be made available at least through July 2009.
However, being a release candidate, there are risks in using this software. Release candidate is a version of a software with a potential of becoming a final product unless fatal bugs emerge. Windows 7 is still a work in progress and a release candidate of it would be the final test for the software. And once you install it, you’re on your own in terms of support. So think twice if you really have to download this freebie.
Microsoft programmed the RC to expire on June 1, 2010. And before March 1, 2010, you have to install a non-expired version of it to avoid bi-hourly shutdowns.
These are the system requirements for installing the RC:
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Visit the Microsoft website for more information on Windows 7 RC.