Posted by: kurtsh | May 1, 2009

RELEASE: Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 releases to MSDN/Technet & Connect users


Windows® 7 Release Candidate is Here!

We’re excited to announce the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate! The RC milestone is an important step on our path to final delivery of Windows 7. RC signifies that engineering and testing have made significant progress, and that the code is entering the final phases of testing.

Feedback from our customers and partners was instrumental in shaping Windows 7 RC. We made a number of enhancements between Beta and RC, including the following:

  • Easier, more intuitive navigation through JumpLists, desktop enhancements and improved search relevance
  • Improved Windows taskbar scaling
  • Improved driver support and management, as well as Device Stage to help manage devices
  • Windows Touch updates and Touch Zoom
  • More Aero® themes
  • Improved security and enhancements to User Access Control (UAC)
  • Reducing the Windows 7 partition drive size (required for BitLockerTM and Windows Recovery Environment) from 200 megabytes to 100 megabytes

In moving from Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RC, we listened to feedback from you – our customers and partners — and focused on the improvements you asked for the most. We hope that you will find Windows 7 RC to be a high quality release that makes everyday tasks easier and faster, while making new things possible.


Get started with Windows 7 RC today!

» Windows 7 RC Availability

» Migrate from Windows 7 Beta
» Talking About Windows

What People Are Saying

“Microsoft has put together a well thought-through ecosystem, which eases enterprise deployment and administration and yet also gives end-users a desktop OS they can love.”

– Alexander Wolfe
Information Week

Windows 7 RC Availability

MSDN® and TechNet subscribers can download Windows 7 RC as of April 30th. On May 5th, Windows 7 RC will be available to the general public through the Customer Preview Program. Anyone can download the RC build through this program. There will be no limits on the number of keys provided or the number of Windows 7 downloads supported. RC downloads will be available at least through June 2009.

We recommend that you download Windows 7 from the site that best describes you in the table below. Each of these sites contains customized content to support the needs of a particular audience.

If you are a …

Download Windows 7 RC at …

· IT Professional

Tech Net

· Enterprise or Business User

· Consumer or Home User

· Microsoft Partner


· Developer


Migrate From Windows 7 Beta

For all our Customers and Partners using a Beta version of Windows 7, it is important to migrate to Windows 7 RC to avoid the timebomb that is built into Windows 7 Beta. That timebomb will activate on 7/1/2009. When the timebomb activates, users will experience frequent notifications and forced reboots. (Windows 7 RC also has a built-in timebomb, but this will not activate until 3/1/2010.)

Talking About Windows

Who’s talking about Windows? IT professionals and the Windows 7 engineering team. Join the conversation about the next-generation operating system and connect with the people behind the code, and other IT professionals. Ask the important questions, and make the decisions yourself.



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