How to get the Windows 7 Public Beta

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SpazzAttack

I can't believe that MS is releasing a 32-bit version of Windows 7.  64-bit only would hurt no one since 99.99% of the mechines this will get installed on will be 64-bit capable anyway.  LIke Vista, this will double the workload for the driver authors.

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Paul_Lilly

Awesome job, Justin.  All the links/info works like a charm.

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dankers

Those links aren't working for me, I hope I didn't miss my chance while I was taking a nap.

Edit: apparantly I didn't follow the directions correctly, thanks Justin they work perfectly

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colinjm0517

I have got windows 7 and the key, but I am going to install it on my friend's laptop.

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The Relic

I'm liking what I'm seeing thus far. I had a bit of trouble getting a 64-bit flavor ISO (less trouble with the 32-bit), but no trouble at all getting a 64-bit key (which works with both 32-and 64-bit). First installed the 32-bit version on a backup computer (P4 3.2ghz single-core with 2GB PC3200 RAM); didn't give me any trouble until it attempted to load the graphics driver (GeForce 6600GT AGP 256MB; admittely pretty old). That gave me corruption of windows to the point that I couldn't even see some of the writing. Once I got through that mess it loaded up well. Found all the main drivers except the Realtek drivers, but an auto update found those and updated some of the other drivers. The mp3-chewing bug update didn't show up, but I had downloaded those earlier for both 32-and 64-bit, so I installed that, and AVG-Free works with it for an anti-virus solution.

Now with 64-bit; loaded this on a spare partition on my main rig (AMD Athlon X2 2.6ghz dual-core, with 2GB PC5300 RAM (soon to be 4GB); I wanted to test out a 64-bit OS (which I hadn't done before), and it went smooth as silk. No graphics corruption (which I didn't expect it to; have a GeForce 8600GT 256MB PCI-E in this one), and the only trouble was the expected one; my old-ass soundcard (Soundblaster Live) doesn't have 64-bit drivers. They work, but the bass is more dominant and the rest is pretty scratchy (telling me I need to upgrade). AVG-Free works fine here too, as well as Spybot.

 As much as I wanted to stay up more last night trying out both, I couldn't do that, but will spend much of today testing both to see what works and what doesn't. But my opinion of both is pretty high; even for a beta 1 release it seems to be more responsive than Vista, even with SP1. If MS doesn't screw up, they'll have a winner on their hands with this one.

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wolf17

I'm waiting until I get home to install it on my desktop to really test it out, but I installed in inside of VirtualBox on my laptop and from first impressions it looks promising!  For those wondering, there wasn't any major errors installing it in VirtualBox, but be sure to go into the settings and turn up the video RAM to at least 128 mb (so it meets microsofts requirements).  

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Cadmium

From the cited blog entry:

Tip : You can use the 64-bit during a 32-bit
installation and a 32-bit key during a 64-bit installation (it seems
that getting a 64-bit key is faster!)

Any confirmation?

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The Relic

I can confirm this. I used a 64-bit key for both 32-bit and 64-bit installs on my machines. But then, I remember when I got both public release 2 and RC1 releases of Vista in the mail, it had one key for both 32-and 64-bit flavors.

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Cadmium

Good deal.

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Cyberdiver

I went staright for the 64bit.

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Morpheous416

First off... we can get the whole "this driver doesn't install on Win7" out of the way... I expected that from the beginning.  Though.. if you can extract the drivers to a folder, device manager had no issues installing.

 

Ok.. my first impression of Win7 is that overall.. this is what Vista should have been when it was released.  The install was quicker than Vista.. setup was much faster, you didn't have to go thru a hundred different icon, wallpaper, internet, or update screens soon after the files were copied.

Vista takes an average of around 45 mins to set up.. Win 7 took me, just under 30.  One of the things I was most impressed about the setup installation, MS got rid of that "hey.. hold on for about 15 mins while I test your bloody hardware for a dumbass rating of 2.5 to 5.9!"  One can only hope that stays with Win7 during the final release.

I loved the fact I was caught off guard that the Sidebar was running.. but it's now invisible meaning you can leave your desktop icons on the right side of the screen without interferrence.  Nice touch.

Network and Sharing, control panel options that were still farther back in your window selections are now up front where they belong.  I have a more difficult time getting to simple options in Vista.. whereas they are now on the main windows in Win7.  MS has a long way to go still if they want to catch up with "it's all right here" as it is mainly on a Mac OS.  But it's yet another step in the right direction.

The taskbar is what it should be.  A nice combination of a status bar, and a quick launch bar.  The ability to have options from the programs running without having to create shortcuts, drag and drop.. etc.

At first.. I ran into the "Windows update has encountered an error", the typical one where a firewall is blocking access, but seeing as the Windows Firewall was the only one on.. I find this bug to have been really irritating.  It took several reboots after shutting the firewall off to get WU to run.  And even after that, I didn't pick up any updates like those I've seen posted by others on the net.  Creative, Nvidia drivers.. etc.

I'll stop this for now.. give room for others to comment.  But I can say this.. I had nothing really impressive to say about Vista.  But Win7 is enough to let XP go if MS keeps their word on making sure the OS is stable and reliable when it comes to the everyday tasks and hardware/software people use it for.

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Digital-Storm

All the average times you have listed sound bogus. It doesn't take my computer to run the performance test 15 minutes. It takes maybe 30-90 seconds. I bet the install times are similar too. There isn't much you can do to speed up the copying of files.

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wolf17

Thanks, I've been trying to get a key for awhile now!

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Cyberdiver

I came home from store hit my technet link to the windows7 web page to chackstatus seen the note about the beta being back online. Then it was 1 2 3 and I had a key and a download link did not do the download as I was able to download it yesterday, only took about 75 mins to download then was surprised figure with all the interest and being a comcast customer it would take longer.

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wicked72

Im still not able to get a key# I tried  " www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/scripts/gcs.aspx?Product=tn-win7-64-ww&LCID=1033 " but it must be down.

Im posting from windows 7 

any help would be great.

 

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Laterun

Hey Wicked :

   Saw your post ; in case your still looking - this beta isn't issuing a discrete key to each user.There are only 10 keys :

 

64Bit:
Product Key: 7XRCQ-RPY28-YY9P8-R6HD8-84GH3
Product Key: JYDV8-H8VXG-74RPT-6BJPB-X42V4
Product Key: RFFTV-J6K7W-MHBQJ-XYMMJ-Q8DCH
Product Key: D9RHV-JG8XC-C77H2-3YF6D-RYRJ9
Product Key: 482XP-6J9WR-4JXT3-VBPP6-FQF4M

32Bit:
Product Key: TQ32R-WFBDM-GFHD2-QGVMH-3P9GC
Product Key: GG4MQ-MGK72-HVXFW-KHCRF-KW6KY
Product Key: QXV7B-K78W2-QGPR6-9FWH9-KGMM7
Product Key: 4HJRK-X6Q28-HWRFY-WDYHJ-K8HDH
Product Key: 6JKV2-QPB8H-RQ893-FW7TM-PBJ73

                                                        hope that helps .... later

 

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BloodToxinSplitter

I'm gonna spell it out to everyone.  Please ditch Windows Vista.  I used Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit for a few months and I didn't really have many issues.  But after I formatted my machine and put the Windows 7 64-bit Beta they just publicly released, I never wanna go back to Windows Vista. Everything is a positive so far, but not without some difficulties.  My Pinnacle PCTV HD PCI Card was a major improvement in Windows 7.  In Vista, I had to download TVCenterPro(a huge waste of space) to watch TV because the stuff to make it work in Vista Media Center only worked on 32-bit Vista, not 64-bit.  I used Windows Update and found the right drivers, and as soon as I opened Windows Media Center, it was able to use my TV Tuner.  My GeForce 9600GT also installed nice too from Windows Update, but normally I don't use Windows Update drivers for graphics cards since they aren't very good most of the time.  Now Nvidia made an exception and all Windows 7 drivers come from Windows Update now.  A slight challenge was actually getting online.  My Netgear WG111v2 Wireless USB Adapter didn't have digitally signed drivers.  That made no sense since Vista 64-bit needed them too and they were digitally signed in 64-bit Vista.  I guess Windows 7 actually is enforcing the rule that all device drivers must be digitally signed or they will not install on 64-bit.  Either way, I had to manually use an ethernet cable and connect to Windows Update to download the right driver for the adapter and then I was using wireless just fine.  I also found UAC isn't very picky either anymore.  On obvious things, like stuff you download from the Internet makes sense, but everyday apps really don't need it unless they need to be run with admin rights. iTunes install wasn't too bad either.  Just one prompt for the actual file and then 1 prompt when it started installing the iTunes parts, which should be a lot better than 50 million prompts on Vista.  The taskbar is amazing also and the little menus that pop out of stuff like Windows Live Messenger help things out too.  I agree with everyone when they say this is what Vista should have been.  Unfortunately, though I attempted to sway people to liking Vista (on the sole intention of it sucking was that people's system requirements were too damn low and most of them were), I have found Windows 7 much better to use.  Microsoft won't admit it, but Windows Vista will probably run out of users before Windows XP ever does.

Windows XP and Windows Vista users either need to jump over to Windows 7 or install Linux or Mac OS X.
Plain and simple.

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