Get ready for Windows 7 RC on Tuesday

May 1st, 2009

Next Tuesday Microsoft will make the Release Candidate of Windows 7 available for the public to download and play with.

Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  • First, the download is big - the 32-bit edition is nearly 2.5GB, and the 64-bit download is bigger. You need a fast connection.
  • If in doubt as to which download to bring in, go for the 32-bit edition.
  • Microsoft won't be placing a limit on the number of product keys it offers, so there's no rush to get the download.
  • The Release Candidate doesn’t expire until June 1, 2010, so if you grab a copy you have plenty of time to test the OS thoroughly.
  • Here are the system requirements:
    - 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    - 1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
    - 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/20 GB (64-bit)
    - DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver
  • Don't go nuts and start installing the software on you main system without a backup!

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