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If you're interested, aren't one of the few MS TechNet subscribers already involved, or haven't just torrented it or something, then...

Microsoft has now released Windows 7 Beta 1 to the general public.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.

However it's only available to the first 2.5 million people who download it.

Note that the beta 1 expires on 1 August 2009.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx

To learn more about the beta see this Windows 7 Beta FAQ:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7....aspx

You'll probably want this as well:

"Microsoft has released an update for Windows 7 Beta 1, resolving several issues with media playback, including potential MP3 corruption"

32 bit:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en

64 bit:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en

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Should be available, but the server was overloaded. Will re-appear there soon apparently.

EDIT:

I see the message has changed again to:

"Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal -- we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience."

I've read that it's likely they will still make the download available until near the end of the trial, and those who get it after the 2.5 million who have a license for the whole trial, will still be able to run it under the operating system's 30-day trial.

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No proper license if doing it that way though?

The intended distribution method gives an icon on the desktop to resume the download if stopped.

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If you use those direct links you will still have to obtain a beta key through the main beta site once it becomes available again.

More from Microsoft on the distribution problems:

"Due to very heavy traffic we?re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I?ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!"

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/...ailability.aspx

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Using it at the moment. There was a NVIDIA driver update for my video card. It seems to be 179.29.

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New download links:

32 bit : download.microsoft.com/download/6/3/3/633118BD-6C3D-45A4-B985-F0FDFFE1B021/EN/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.iso

64 bit : download.microsoft.com/download/6/3/3/633118BD-6C3D-45A4-B985-F0FDFFE1B021/EN/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO

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New download links:

32 bit : download.microsoft.com/download/6/3/3/633118BD-6C3D-45A4-B985-F0FDFFE1B021/EN/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.iso

64 bit : download.microsoft.com/download/6/3/3/633118BD-6C3D-45A4-B985-F0FDFFE1B021/EN/7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO

I reccomend using a download manager like Internet Download Manager(use google for a free trial) because the connection with microsoft servers is verry poor. At the middle before using a download manager I lost connection and I had to start over.

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UPDATE

You can obtain a beta key directly by using this method:

First go here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/

Click 'sign in' at the top right and login using a valid Windows Live ID.

Once signed in, right-click on the relevant beta key link:

32-bit Beta Key

https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/pr...us/default.aspx

64-bit Beta Key

https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/pr...us/default.aspx

Copy the link, then paste it into the address bar on the login page and press Enter to receive your beta key.

Walkthrough

http://blog.hznet.nl/2009/01/10/how-to-rec...d-windows-7-key

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UPDATE

You can obtain a beta key directly by using this method:

First go here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/

Click 'sign in' at the top right and login using a valid Windows Live ID.

Once signed in, right-click on the relevant beta key link:

32-bit Beta Key

https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/pr...us/default.aspx

64-bit Beta Key

https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/pr...us/default.aspx

Copy the link, then paste it into the address bar on the login page and press Enter to receive your beta key.

Walkthrough

http://blog.hznet.nl/2009/01/10/how-to-rec...d-windows-7-key

Doesn't work :)

I get immediatly redirected to http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx

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Official method seems back up now, but is still only giving out the same few keys...

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I have it installed on the laptop atm. Seems to be running fine. Technically it should since its just a basic Vista revamp to the way it shoulda been released to begin with. The only issue Ive had with it so far is the new desktop background slide show. If I select all images it just goes black and doesnt work. So far so good though with a boot up ram usage of 600ish

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I have it installed on the laptop atm. Seems to be running fine. Technically it should since its just a basic Vista revamp to the way it shoulda been released to begin with. The only issue Ive had with it so far is the new desktop background slide show. If I select all images it just goes black and doesnt work. So far so good though with a boot up ram usage of 600ish

I'm Squall >_>

ATM, i'm pleased yet discussed. Some reason i can't access firefox, My Computer, C drive, Control panel, firefox... but everything else works >_> It looks beautifull but it's driving me nuts that im unable to access the above.

/wall

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I'm Squall >_>

ATM, i'm pleased yet discussed. Some reason i can't access firefox, My Computer, C drive, Control panel, firefox... but everything else works >_> It looks beautifull but it's driving me nuts that im unable to access the above.

/wall

K im back finally.

After wiping out my comp fresh and installing Windows 7. It's a beautifull OS however....

TASKBAR has GOT to go.. It drove me nuts enough to spent 8hrs almost redoing windows Vista. I liked thou everything else about windows 7 except the task bar.. omg...

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K im back finally.

After wiping out my comp fresh and installing Windows 7. It's a beautifull OS however....

TASKBAR has GOT to go.. It drove me nuts enough to spent 8hrs almost redoing windows Vista. I liked thou everything else about windows 7 except the task bar.. omg...

There IS an option in Windows 7 where you can change back the taskbar to Vista style... but I haven't cared to look.

That could've saved you a lot of trouble reinstalling Vista.

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Public release candidate is coming May 5th and the beta keys should still work fine on it.

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